US operators will meet White House officials to discuss 5G

Representatives from the four major operators in the US are set to meet White House officials to discuss 5G and its potential.

T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint have all confirmed their attendance. Verizon is understood to be attending but declined to comment.

None of the operators revealed who they will send to represent their companies, but high-level executives are expected.

The full agenda is unknown but Trump’s administration will be seeking to gain a better understanding of 5G’s benefits...

By Ryan Daws, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, N America, Networks, Operators.

Telstra partners with Ericsson to set record for NB-IoT range

Telstra and Swedish telecoms vendor Ericsson have set a new record for NB-IoT range with nothing more than software upgrades.

Ericsson’s breakthrough extends the 3GPP standards-based limit from around 40km out to 100km and can be activated without changes to physical NB-IoT hardware.

Emilio Romeo, Ericsson’s MD of Australia and New Zealand, says:

“This game-changing capability builds on Ericsson’s long history of delivering extended range cellular solutions.

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Networks.

Samsung and Nokia are replacing Ericsson as AT&T’s basestation supplier

Once the leading supplier of AT&T’s basestations, Ericsson is being replaced by Nokia and Samsung in supplying 5G equipment to the US telco giant.

Ericsson currently supplies around 65 percent of AT&T’s 4G basestations. However, according to Michael Genovese, Analyst at MKM Partners, the vendor has zero presence in the operator’s 5G infrastructure.

"Based on our proprietary checks, we believe both Nokia and Samsung have gained significant market share at AT&T at...

By Ryan Daws, 26 September 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks.

Canada says it doesn't need to ban Chinese telecoms firms

Canada says it has safeguards in place that means it doesn’t need to follow the US and Australia in banning Chinese telecoms firms like Huawei.

Telecoms networks represent some of a nation’s most critical infrastructure. With 5G, that reliance is set to increase even further due to use cases such as healthcare, driverless cars, and smart cities.

Many countries are therefore understandably wary about the role of foreign companies in their national telecoms infrastructure

The most notable is the US,...

By Ryan Daws, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security.

Why public utilities are investing in cybersecurity solutions

Upgrading electrical grids and water infrastructure around the world with new capabilities -- such as network communications, remote and automated management of elements in the field, and new utility management functionalities -- continues to gain momentum.

However, smart infrastructure demand means increased dependence on new technology and communications connectivity, which greatly introduces IT security risks.

Smart utility market development

The new infrastructure can expand the number of threat vectors,...

By David H. Deans, 21 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M.

Huawei denies being excluded from India’s national 5G trial

Huawei denies yesterday’s reports claiming the company has been excluded from participating in India’s national 5G trials.

In comments to ETTelecom, India’s Telecoms Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said:

“We have written to Cisco, Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia, and telecom service providers to partner with us to start 5G technology-based trials, and have got a positive response from them.

By Ryan Daws, 18 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation.

ZTE and Huawei are to be excluded from India’s 5G trials

India is said to be excluding Chinese vendors ZTE and Huawei from its 5G trials in favour of Ericsson, Cisco, Samsung, and Nokia.

The exclusion of the vendors has become a somewhat familiar story. Just last week, Telecoms reported South Korea’s largest operator became the latest to snub Huawei.

Speaking to ETTelecom, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security.

SK Telecom becomes the latest operator to snub Huawei

South Korea’s largest operator, SK Telecom, has become the latest to snub Huawei when it comes to choice of 5G equipment supplier.

SK Telecom has announced it will be accepting bids from Huawei’s rivals – Samsung, Ericsson, and Nokia – to supply equipment for its 5G network.

Many industry experts speculated Huawei would be named among SK Telecom’s preferred bidders, although the vendor has been caught up in controversy much like its troubles in the US and Australia.

The US has banned the use...

By Ryan Daws, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Vodafone is doubling the size of its European NB-IoT networks

Vodafone has announced it will be doubling the size of its European NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) by the end of 2019.

NB-IoT provides ‘industrial grade’ Low-Power Wide-Area connectivity for applications such as streetlights, connected healthcare monitors, and wearable devices.

Vodafone’s NB-IoT network is currently live in eight countries; the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey.

Cell sites in European...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

US bucks Chinese 5G suppliers for Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung

US telecoms giant AT&T has announced it will be using 5G equipment from Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung for its upcoming network. Predictably, that means no US operator will be using equipment from Chinese firms.

The operator is the last major operator to announce its suppliers. AT&T’s rivals – Verizon and Sprint – have named Nokia, Ericsson, and Samsung as their 5G equipment suppliers. T-Mobile, meanwhile, has named Ericsson and Nokia.

Several governments, including the US, have banned...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Almost 20 percent of UK roads suffer from little-to-no mobile signal

While governments and operators prepare for 5G, the UK still has over 49,000 miles of road with poor or no mobile signal.

A study conducted by the RAC Foundation has found two percent of UK roads (over 5,500 miles) are unable to receive a mobile signal from any of the nation’s four mobile networks.

The inability to receive a signal is at best a mild annoyance due to problems such as potential lack of navigation, at worst the inability to call for help in a breakdown or accident.

Among the worst covered...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Rural.

Charter CFO says 5G is ‘not comparable’ to DOCSIS 3.1

Charter Communications CFO Chris Winfrey is adamant that 5G will not pose a threat to fixed-line providers as it cannot offer the same capabilities.

Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference on Thursday, Winfrey said:

“I don’t see anything about 5G that ever makes it comparable to DOCSIS 3.1 or DOCSIS 3.1 Full Duplex, or any capability we have through fixed line service.”

Charter has been ramping up its DOCSIS...

By Ryan Daws, 07 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, N America, Networks, Operators.

Sprint and Ericsson collaborate to build IoT-based network and OS

US operator Sprint, alongside Swedish networking giant Ericsson, have announced their global relationship to build a distributed and virtualised core network dedicated specifically to the Internet of Things (IoT), along with an IoT operating system (OS).

This new ecosystem, which is being planned for the future of IoT, has been designed to create an optimal flow of device data, allowing instant, actionable intelligence at the...

By Telecoms, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, IoT, Operators.

Opinion: China’s huge 5G merger could work in T-Mobile’s favour

China is exploring whether a merger between two of its carriers will secure its lead in 5G over the US, but it could also work in T-Mobile’s favour stateside.

The country’s ongoing trade war between the US and China is said to have spurred discussions over how it can lead in the latest technologies.

A proposed merger between two of China’s three wireless carriers – China United Network Communications Group (China Unicom) and China Telecommunications Corp (China Telecom) – aims to...

Net Neutrality: Carriers have already begun throttling services

As forewarned by critics, the FCC’s repealing of its net neutrality rules has already led to popular services being throttled.

Net neutrality legislation, implemented under Obama’s administration, ensured a fair internet where all services must be provided with the same level of performance as others. This helped to keep the playing field level so new businesses have similar opportunities to incumbents.

The argument for repealing the rules – most advocated by large service providers –...

FCC plans to inject $1.5 billion into rural broadband expansion

US telecoms regulator the FCC is set to provide a substantial cash injection over the next ten years to expand rural broadband availability.

Over the next decade, some 713,176 homes and businesses across 45 states will benefit from the investment.

The FCC is seeking minimum broadband speeds of 100Mbps in 53 percent of the rural locations targeted. Over 99.7 percent of these locations will receive at least 25 Mbps downstream speeds.

Better still, according to the FCC, 19 percent of locations will get access to...

Head of UK spy agency believes 5G increases cyber terror threat

The head of UK spy agency GCHQ has warned 5G will increase threats of digital terrorism due to its expected use in critical infrastructure.

Jeremy Fleming, Head of UK spy agency GCHQ, wrote in the Sunday Times to raise his concerns about the next generation of mobile networks.

5G is expected to expand beyond its current primary use for mobile broadband to connect...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Security, Surveillance.

Nokia and Ericsson have links to China's Communist Party

While some believe Huawei poses a national security threat, some of its rival companies’ links to the Chinese Communist Party are ignored.

As the debate over whether Huawei should be banned from Australia’s 5G network rollout continues, the company has reportedly asked senior government officials whether the same security concerns apply to its Scandinavian rivals Nokia and Ericsson.

Nokia and Ericsson have existing contracts with the Australian government and both are expected to participate in...

By Ryan Daws, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Ericsson boosts its US investment to accelerate 5G deployments

Ericsson has pledged to boost its US investment to support the acceleration of 5G network deployments across the country.

Investments from Ericsson will all into two categories: 1) increase research and development work done close to customers in the US, and 2) increase flexibility to shorten the timeline for new product introduction and product delivery to customers.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson, says:

“The United States is our largest market, accounting for a...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Deloitte: ‘Near impossible’ for the US to catch up with China on 5G

Analysts from Deloitte have determined it would be ‘near impossible’ for the US to catch up with China in 5G due to a significant investment gap.

Deloitte determined that China outspent the United States by $24 billion since 2015 and has over ten times more sites ready to support 5G. Furthermore, in the first three months of 2017 alone, China added more 5G sites than the US in the last three years.

"China and other countries may be creating a 5G tsunami, making it near impossible to catch...