Net Neutrality: Fraudulent identities used “to corrupt the FCC’s notice and comment process”

A letter signed by the New York State Attorney General has accused the FCC of refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities to corrupt the public comment process with regards to altering net neutrality rules.

Eric T. Schneiderman claims his office has been investigating, for the past six months, who perpetrated a large scheme where ‘enormous numbers’ of identities were...

By Ryan Daws, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Regulation.

Net neutrality is at threat again – and the FCC hopes your Thanksgiving turkey will distract you

Updated US regulators are expected to reverse fairness rules, implemented during Obama’s era to protect net neutrality, while many journalists are out the office.

Net neutrality is the idea that all businesses and consumers should be treated by internet providers the same — to most people, that seems fair.

Some ISPs argue that some companies put greater demand on their networks than others; such as Netflix. Without net neutrality rules, ISPs could ask for more cash from a company like Netflix so their...

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Operators, Regulation.

SoftBank ups stake in Sprint after T-Mobile merger called off

T-Mobile and Sprint have called off merger talks with the companies ‘unable to find mutually agreeable terms’, according to both firms.

Both sides, in statements issued over the weekend, gave the impression of being better off without each other. T-Mobile said it was ‘clear all along’ that a deal would have to improve on the company’s already ‘outstanding’ performance, while Sprint argued its ‘significant assets’ would mean it would be best to ‘move...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Operators.

AT&T announces “5G” Evolution mobile hotspot router

AT&T is hoping the hype for 5G will drive consumers to buy its new mobile hotspot router, despite being nothing to do with 5G.

What the router will offer, however, is faster speeds and more reliability. In that respect it’s a stepping point towards what 5G should offer, but it’s more of a 4.75G (4.5G is reserved for LTE-Advanced) than anything to do with 5G.

"Only AT&T lets you get...

By Ryan Daws, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, N America, WiFi.

T-Mobile/Sprint rumoured to agree super-operator merger worth $88bn

After years of talk, T-Mobile and Sprint are rumoured to have agreed on a merger-in-principle deal which JPMorgan values at being worth $88 billion.

The deal will allegedly be announced in mid-September but will, of course, be subject to gaining regulatory approval.

Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has been looking at T-Mobile for over five years as part of his goal to become a much stronger competitor to AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile CEO John Legere is known for his ‘we will not stop’...

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

MWC: 49% of US connections will be 5G by 2025

A report from the GSMA, released to mark the start of MWC Americas, predicts 49 percent of US connections will be 5G by 2025.

North America is a global leader in 4G adoption and the GSMA anticipates the nation to make a similar rapid transition to 5G. While around half of U.S connections are expected to be on 5G by 2025, the report expects adoption in Europe and the leading Asian markets(China, Japan, and South Korea) to be around 30 percent.

Mats Granryd, Director General of the...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks.

MWC: T-Mobile plans to launch the first nationwide NB-IoT network in 2018

Ahead of the debut MWC Americas, T-Mobile has announced plans to launch the first nationwide NB-IoT network in 2018.

A nationwide NB-IoT (Narrowband-IoT) network will help to accelerate the deployment of IoT sensors, devices, and solutions. NB-IoT requires little spectrum to support a large number of devices while benefitting from extended range and improving battery life.

“Not only have we built America’s best unlimited network, but this magenta army is also moving at a...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, IoT, N America, Networks, Operators.

Canada aims to boost net neutrality with new framework

A newly designed framework which prevents telecom providers from engaging in ‘harmful’ zero-rating has been issued by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Zero-rating is a practice of selectively pricing certain apps and services by not counting them against a customer's data cap. The ruling strengthens Net Neutrality in the country, and will shape how Canadians use the Internet for years to come.

The digital rights group OpenMedia has welcomed the ruling, noting...

By Telecoms, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, N America, Net Neutrality.

North America hits 250 million quarterly LTE connections, argues research

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Data from analyst house Ovum has revealed that LTE connections totalled over a quarter of a billion in North America in the first quarter of 2016. Growth in the Latin America and the Caribbean region was 268% year on year, second only to the combined Central and Southern Asia region.

Jose Otero, 5G Americas Director of Latin America and the Caribbean, said of the findings: “There have been three key drivers for LTE growth in Latin America during the last 12 months: increased...

By Telecoms, 15 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, N America, Networks.

Russian president discusses technological innovation and its effect on global relations

On the fifth anniversary of the Skolkovo Foundation, the ex-President of Russia has spoke about how the foundation has advanced technological innovation and how co-operation in the space helps to support international relations during turbulent political waters. 

Dmitry Medvedev, who held office from 2008 to 2012, signed a law during his tenure which gave rise to the not-for-profit Skolkovo Foundation which manages the innovation park of the same name. The goal of the foundation is "to create...

By Ryan Daws, 28 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Innovation, N America, Research.

Global Cyber Alliance is formed – aims to combat increasing cybercrime

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard, and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) today announced the formation of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), an international, cross-sector effort designed to confront, address, and prevent malicious cyber activity. 

Cybercrime-related headlines seem to make the news every...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, N America, Privacy, Security.

T-Mobile pushes free calls to Mexico and Canada from US, adds 2.1m customers in quarter

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Updated T-Mobile US has announced the latest of its moves towards upstaging the mobile industry by offering free calls from the US to Mexico and Canada.

The move, named ‘Mobile Without Borders’, comes alongside the announcement of 2.1 million total net customer additions in the second quarter of 2015, making it the ninth consecutive quarter of more than 1 million customer gains.

It’s not the first time this type of deal has been attempted – AT&T earlier this...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Wireless.

Google's wireless service - is it what customers want?

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First announced back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google is due to launch their phone service from tomorrow. The big question is, will Google be able to deliver an attractive-enough proposition that customers will want to switch from their current national mobile provider?

According to research from Amdocs, this is where Google could have an issue. In their '

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, N America, Operators, Research.

FCC slaps AT&T with $25 million fine for data breach

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Employees of AT&T's call centres were found to have illegally taken the personal information of almost 280,000 customers following an investigation by the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. As such, the regulator has fined the telecommunications giant with a $25 million fine for unauthorised use of customer data.

“As the nation's expert agency on communications networks, the Commission cannot...

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, N America, Operators, Regulation.

US Navy prepares for cyber warfare offensive

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Individuals behind their computers might sound less-frightening than the nuclear weapons of past, but as we've seen depicted in fictional-but-realistic video games such as Call of Duty, compromising the right systems can have devastating consequences.

Most governments have been setting-up dedicated teams to help defend against such modern attacks, including the UK who set-up...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, N America, Security.

FCC protects a free internet in landmark decision

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Whilst most internet-related headlines overnight surrounded two escaped llamas and a dress, the biggest news came from the FCC who approved the long-awaited decision to classify broadband as a Title II public utility.

The new rules provide the FCC with more powers to protect a free and open internet which offers fair access to all through banning things like the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Regulation.