O(2)-no! UK telco claims Ofcom is giving Three preferential 5G treatment

UK mobile operator O2 has clashed with regulator Ofcom which it believes is giving preferential treatment to rival Three in 5G.

Three UK was left at something of a disadvantage in the rollout of 4G due to holding less desirable spectrum than rivals, especially EE which Ofcom controversially gave a headstart by allowing to reuse its existing 1800MHz spectrum.

Ofcom has spent years trying to be a good regulator and rebalance UK spectrum ownership to help level...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum, Wireless.

UK broadband chiefs warn PM Johnson's full-fibre plan unachievable without major changes

UK broadband chiefs have warned that PM Johnson's full-fibre plan is unachievable without major legislative changes.

Full-fibre broadband by 2025 is one of the new prime minister's key pledges, made on the steps of Downing Street in his maiden speech. The new target is eight years earlier than the previous target of 2033 which Johnson called "laughably unambitious".

Johnson's pledge was quickly welcomed by broadband provider Virgin Media which said it was ready to get working with the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Regulation.

Sprint and T-Mobile’s $26bn merger wins Department of Justice approval

Sprint and T-Mobile have won approval from the Department of Justice (DoJ) for their $26 billion merger proposal.

“Today marks an incredibly important step forward for the New T-Mobile. We are ready to bring this supercharged Un-carrier to consumers and businesses across the country, and this milestone brings us much closer to making that vision a reality for customers everywhere!” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

Regulators have scrutinised the proposed merger over concerns that a reduction to just...

By Ryan Daws, 29 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Wireless.

Britain is yet to decide on Huawei’s 5G involvement, but tougher industry controls will be introduced

Britain has said it’s “not yet in a position” to make a final decision on whether Huawei should be involved with 5G networks, but tougher industry-wide security controls will be introduced.

The debate over how much Huawei should be involved in 5G has raged on for years, and even before that to some extent with previous-generation networks. Currently, the UK has Huawei equipment inspected at the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) in Banbury.

Until last year, HCSEC reported it felt...

Ex-Homeland Security Chief: US-UK intelligence-sharing will be harmed if Huawei used in 5G

The former head of Homeland Security has issued a stark warning that US intelligence-sharing with the UK will be harmed if Huawei is used in 5G networks.

Governor Tom Ridge is the former US Secretary of Homeland Security and set up the department following the 9/11 terror attacks.

Speaking in London, Ridge said: “Much of the intelligence sharing is electronic and if you are relying on secure telecoms and they’ve got a front door, well I don’t know how many pigeons can fly across the...

FCC controversially relaxes its rules to open mid-band spectrum for 5G

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to relax its rules around who can own spectrum in the 2.5GHz band.

Rules first established in the Kennedy-era required spectrum in the 2.5GHz band to be used for educational purposes. With more spectrum now needed for 5G, the FCC has decided to open up the “underutilised” airwaves.

The FCC voted 3-2 in favour of changing the rules and claims it will help with “closing the digital divide” between rural and more developed areas.

FCC...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum, Wireless.

Nokia CEO: Huawei crackdown would harm the whole industry

The chief executive of Nokia has warned that increased regulation over Huawei concerns will harm the whole industry.

Rajeev Suri’s comments were aimed towards European governments who are deliberating over whether to allow Huawei in 5G networks – or to what extent.

Speaking to Financial Times, Suri said:

“What you don’t want is a cumbersome process involving more cost in the supply chain. Let’s be careful. No...

Huawei campaigns to UK public amid negative publicity

While the debate over whether to ban Huawei from 5G networks continues, the Chinese vendor is appealing directly to the UK public.

Huawei is facing a difficult time over US-led action. The US has called on its allies to ban the Chinese vendor from 5G networks over national security concerns and has threatened to cut-off intelligence cooperation with countries that refuse. Spooked operators are

Trump and UK PM May to discuss Huawei ban as firm limits US contact

President Trump and UK PM Theresa May will discuss a Huawei ban during a state visit, as firm limits contact with Americans.

Theresa May will step down as PM on June 7th but will be in her post for Trump's visit. As the UK is a crucial US security partner, May's government has been under pressure from Trump's administration to ban Huawei over national security concerns.

A leak from a National Security Council meeting last night month suggested May's government was minded to allow Huawei's equipment in...

T-Mobile and Sprint merger receives FCC chairman’s blessing

A proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has taken a leap closer to reality as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gives his backing.

The $26.5 billion merger proposal would result in the combined entity having a similar number of subscribers to AT&T and Verizon. As the 5G rollout picks up pace, the pair argues this will enable them to be more competitive and speed up deployments.

Opponents of the deal are concerned that reducing the number of major US operators to just three will be harmful to competition. Such a...

Ericsson CEO: Europe needs to stop playing ‘catch up’ and take a 5G lead

Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm spoke at the Viva Technology conference of the need for Europe to stop playing ‘catch up’ and take a lead in 5G.

Ekholm first addressed the myth that Ericsson is behind in 5G technology and rollout. He notes Ericsson’s technology is already live with multiple operators in the US and Korea, and with Swisscom in Europe.

“It’s impossible to be behind in 5G when there is no-one in front of us,” boasts Ekholm.

Ekholm claims the delay in Europe is...

Huawei willing to sign ‘no-spy’ agreements, Trump preps ban of foreign telecoms firms

Huawei says it's willing to sign ‘no-spy’ agreements with governments while Trump prepares an order to ban foreign telecoms firms over security concerns.

During a business conference in London, Huawei chairman Liang Hua said:

"We are willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments, including the UK government, to commit ourselves to making our equipment meet the no-spy, no-backdoors standard.”

The suggestion comes amid growing concern from Huawei that it...

Pompeo: China wants 'to divide Western alliances through bits and bytes’

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has claimed China wants ‘to divide Western alliances through bits and bytes’ amid threat to reduce UK security cooperation if the country allows Huawei in national 5G networks.

Pompeo was on a brief visit to the UK and warned the country not to ‘go wobbly’ over 5G security – paraphrasing what Margaret Thatcher once famously told late US President George H.W. Bush.

“In China, we face a new kind of challenge; an authoritarian regime that’s integrated...

Vodafone discovered backdoors in Huawei telecoms equipment

Telecoms giant Vodafone has revealed it discovered backdoors in equipment supplied by Chinese vendor Huawei that could have enabled spying.

Acknowledging the discoveries to Bloomberg, Vodafone said the vulnerabilities date back years. The issues have since been patched, but Vodafone claims they remained for some time after Huawei claimed they'd been fixed.

If exploited, the backdoors reportedly would have...

Leak of meeting to decide Huawei’s UK 5G network fate causes fury

Politicians and security agencies have expressed fury over the leak of a sensitive meeting to decide if the UK should allow Huawei in national 5G networks.

Leaked information from a National Security Council (NSC) meeting appeared in the press on Wednesday just a day after it was held. Prime Minister Theresa May was in attendance to discuss if Huawei poses a substantial risk with security chiefs.

Jon Trickett, Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, said:

“This Tory government...

Chinese government launches Ericsson antitrust investigation

Ericsson has received a surprise visit from Chinese regulators who've launched an antitrust investigation against the Swedish vendor.

China's market regulator launched the investigation over alleged complaints against Ericsson’s intellectual property licensing practices.

An Ericsson spokesperson said:

“Ericsson will cooperate fully with this investigation.

We license our industry-leading patents portfolio on FRAND (fair, reasonable, and...

By Ryan Daws, 15 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation.

US security officials plan for allies using Huawei 5G gear

US security officials acknowledge that some allies will continue using Huawei 5G gear despite their warnings and have planned accordingly.

Sue Gordon, the deputy to the director of the U.S. intelligence community, gave her views on the situation during a conference last week.

“We are going to have to figure out a way in a 5G world that we’re able to manage the risks in a diverse network that includes technology that we can’t trust,” said Gordon. “We’re just going to have to...

UK issues first Huawei security report since US ban pressure

The UK’s dedicated Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) has issued its first report since the US increased pressure to ban the firm.

HCSEC is based in Banbury, Oxfordshire and its oversight board issues annual reports raising any concerns about the company’s practices.

Last year’s report was noted as the first where HCSEC could no longer assure that risks had been...

Three UK: Banning Huawei will delay our 5G rollout

Three UK is the latest operator to voice concern that banning Huawei equipment will delay its 5G rollout.

David Dyson, CEO of Three UK, warned that such a ban would delay the rollout of 5G services by up to 18 months.

"We've already started to deploy equipment for when we launch 5G in the second half of the year," he said. "So if we had to change vendor now, we would take a big step backwards and probably cause a delay of 12 to 18 months."

The UK is under pressure from the US to ban...

By Ryan Daws, 22 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, OpenFlow, Regulation, Security.

Huawei’s US lawsuit will either backfire or prove its innocence

Huawei's lawsuit against the US government is a bold gamble that will either backfire or prove claims about the Chinese firm are unfounded.

The company has been embattled with the US for many years but has recently come under increased pressure ahead of 5G rollouts. Huawei filed a lawsuit against the US government earlier this month for what it called ‘unconstitutional’ treatment.

The US has been pressuring its allies not to...