Standards body ETSI begins exploring TCP/IP alternatives for 5G

Standards body ETSI has established a new Industry Specification Group (ISG) which aims to define an alternative to TCP/IP for 5G.

TCP/IP was first developed in the late 1970s before wider adoption occurred in the 80s. The suite of internet protocols provides end-to-end data communication specifying how data should be packetised, addressed, transmitted, routed, and received.

With a new generation of mobile network rolling out, ETSI wants to explore a modern alternative to the relatively ancient TCP/IP...

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Standards, Wireless.

Ofcom reiterates that 5G is safe following attacks on engineers and mobile towers

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has felt the need to reiterate that 5G is safe following a spate of attacks on engineers and mobile towers.

Conspiracy theorists are spreading claims that the COVID-19 coronavirus is caused by 5G. If you have social media, you've probably come across the posts which have proliferated in part due to endorsements from celebrities like Woody Harrelson and Amanda Holden.

Many of the posts urge people to burn down 5G towers and some have even set up a "scoreboard"...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Wireless.

Speedtest: Networks in North America and Europe are handling remote working demand

Speedtest by Ookla has updated its report analysing the impact remote working is having on global networks.

Telecoms covered the initial release of Speedtest’s report towards the end of last month. At the time, a slight decrease in mean fixed and mobile broadband performance was observed across North American and European countries between March 16th-22nd.

Speedtest has now updated its statistics to account...

Huawei posts strong annual report but warns of challenges ahead

Huawei held a virtual press conference to launch its latest annual report amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The past year was always going to be a difficult one for Huawei due to the US applying sanctions and increasing pressure globally to ban the vendor’s equipment. A pandemic that’s led to broader market disruption has only amplified those struggles.

"2019 was an extraordinary year for Huawei," said Eric Xu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman. "Despite enormous outside pressure,...

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Wireless.

British internet providers commit to measures helping people isolate

Internet providers in the UK have agreed to a package of measures designed to help people isolate.

The British government struck a deal with BT/EE, Openreach, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, Three, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, and KCOM.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “It’s fantastic to see mobile and broadband providers pulling together to do their bit for the national effort by helping customers, particularly the most vulnerable, who may be struggling with bills at this difficult...

ASA bans Three’s controversial ‘real 5G’ ads following complaints

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned ads from Three claiming it’s the only carrier to offer “real 5G” in the UK.

National advertising rules in the UK require claims of superiority over a competitor to be backed with clear evidence. 

Three has based its claim on the fact that it’s the only carrier in the UK to have a 100MHz contiguous block of spectrum.

Global 5G standards body the ITU states “true” 5G requires 100MHz of 5G spectrum so Three’s...

By Ryan Daws, 26 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum, Wireless.

FCC: Hospitals and schools can now get direct help from carriers

The FCC has waived rules preventing hospitals and schools from getting direct help from carriers for connectivity issues.

Specifically, the FCC has temporarily waived rules relating to its E-Rate and Rural Health Care programs. The initiatives provide subsidies to participating hospitals, schools, and libraries, but prohibits seeking assistance from service providers to prevent fraud and abuse.

During the global coronavirus pandemic, ensuring hospitals have adequate connectivity is paramount. Staff will need...

By Ryan Daws, 19 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Wireless.

All of the UK's operators report issues, just as people are asked to work remotely

All of the UK's major mobile operators are reporting issues just as more people are asked to work from home.

The UK government has stepped up measures this week to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and now wants any household in which anyone has displayed any flu-like symptoms to isolate for 14 days. Given we're in the season of standard colds and flus, that's a lot of households.

Fortunately, most modern businesses have now set up remote working practices. Anyone who feels well enough...

By Ryan Daws, 17 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

T-Mobile is granted extra spectrum to cope with coronavirus demand

The FCC has granted T-Mobile additional spectrum to help cope with the extra demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Reliable connectivity is more important than ever as people around the world are told to work from home where possible and self-isolate if they show any symptoms of the coronavirus.

T-Mobile will have access to more 600MHz spectrum for at least the next 60 days to meet internet access demand and help its network support things like remote working, healthcare, and education.

Neville Ray,...

British PM Johnson faces off a major revolt over Huawei 5G decision

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced off a major revolt over his decision to allow Huawei in national 5G networks.

The PM faced his first major rebellion on Tuesday as fellow lawmakers expressed concerns about what the decision could mean for both the UK's national security and the country's relationship with Washington.

Johnson’s majority was slashed to 24 as rebels from the Conservative party backed an amendment tabled by Iain Duncan Smith to the Telecommunications Infrastructure...

How 5G technologies could liberate fixed wireless broadband in the US

Fixed wireless broadband communication services based on long term evolution (LTE) technology have been deployed globally, focused on areas with a poor wireline network infrastructure. Now, 5G wireless technology could open more opportunities for the fixed wireless broadband segment.

As mobile network operators continue to deploy 5G network infrastructure, the commercial launch of 5G fixed wireless broadband services will accelerate in the next few years. This will ultimately drive the 5G fixed wireless...

By David H. Deans, 09 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, N America, Research, Wireless.

One in five mobile connections to run on 5G networks by 2025, forecasts GSMA

GSMA has predicted in its latest 2020 Mobile Economy global edition report that one in five mobile connections will be running on 5G networks by 2025.

The move owes itself to an expanding roster of 5G devices and growing awareness among consumers. According to GSMA, a total of 46 operators in 24 markets have launched commercially available 5G networks by the end of January 2020.

By Telecoms, 06 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Operators, Research, Wireless.

Three UK CEO steps down as company aligns European operations

Three UK CEO Dave Dyson has announced that he is stepping down just as the company makes steps towards “greater alignment” of its European operations.

Dyson says he is stepping down for personal reasons and will be succeeded by Three Ireland CEO Robert Finnegan. Dyson will continue to serve on the company’s board.

“Three UK is very well positioned to grow in the market after a period of investment in 5G spectrum and more modern IT systems and processes,” says Dyson. “Robert...

By Ryan Daws, 05 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

US senators urge the UK to reconsider its Huawei position

US senators have urged America's closest ally to reconsider its position on the use of Huawei's telecoms equipment.

In January, the UK announced that it will allow the use of Huawei's gear in a "limited capacity" following a multi-year security review.

A bipartisan group of 20 US senators wrote in a letter to the House of Commons:

“Given the significant security, privacy,...

By Ryan Daws, 04 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Security, Wireless.

Bipartisan US delegation express Huawei concerns during Munich Security Conference

A bipartisan US delegation voiced their concerns about Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei during this year's Munich Security Conference.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Huawei, and other firms backed by Beijing, are "trojan horses for Chinese intelligence". Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said China is conducting a “nefarious strategy” through companies like Huawei.

But it’s not just Republicans voicing their concerns about Huawei. From the other side of the...

Attorney General calls on the US and its allies to invest in Huawei rivals

During a conference in Washington, the US Attorney General called on America and its allies to invest in Huawei rivals.

Huawei has the largest marketshare in the world of any telecoms vendor. The reason operators are so attracted to Huawei is that the gear is often seen to beat rivals in both capabilities and cost.

"The Chinese are using every lever of power to expand their 5G market share around the globe," Barr said.

However, the US believes Huawei is controlled by Beijing and poses a national...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Wireless.

Huawei: Hey FCC, can you stop calling us a national security risk?

Huawei has urged the FCC not to go ahead with officially designating the company as a national security risk.

The US has not shied away from expressing its concerns about Huawei over the years and claims the Chinese telecoms giant has ties with Beijing. Huawei has always denied the allegations.

While few American operators use Huawei's equipment because of the US government's position, there was never really a penalty for doing so.

In November, the FCC voted 5-0 to initially...

FCC concludes some carriers broke the law by collecting users' real-time location

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote a letter (PDF) to Congress on Friday in which he confirmed that some carriers broke federal law by collecting users’ real-time location data.

Pai did not name specifically which carriers allegedly broke the law but only wrote that the FCC’s enforcement bureau “concluded that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law.”

The FCC was asked to launch an investigation after a Motherboard

Despite the UK’s decision, Australia is sticking by its Huawei 5G ban

Australia will be sticking by its ban of Huawei telecoms equipment despite the UK’s decision earlier this week.

In response to a question asking whether Australia would be revisiting the ban, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said on the Today Show on Friday: "No, we're not".

"They are a high-risk vendor. We have been very clear about it," Dutton said.

The UK and Australia share deep...

BT says the UK gov's decision to limit Huawei gear will cost it £500m

BT estimates the cost of the UK government’s decision to limit the use of Huawei’s telecoms equipment will be in the region of £500 million.

The UK government made its decision about whether to allow Chinese vendor Huawei in national telecoms networks on Tuesday. Despite US-led concerns around security implications, the UK government decided to permit Huawei in a limited role.

Philip Jansen, CEO of BT,...