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.

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...

T-Mobile and Sprint merger nears completion after federal judge approval

After at least half a decade of rumour, conjecture and court appearances, T-Mobile and Sprint’s on-again, off-again, on-again merger has cleared a considerable hurdle following a ruling by a New York federal judge.

The announcement was made as Southern District of New York judge Victor Marrero dismissed a legal challenge by several state attorneys general regarding anti-competition fears.

In...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, N America, Operators, Regulation.

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,...

Huawei gets a reprieve in the UK as government permits 5G gear

The UK government has decided to allow Huawei’s equipment in national 5G networks in a limited role following a security review.

In an expected but notable move, the UK’s National Security Council (NSC) made the decision today following a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Digital Secretary Baroness Morgan said: “We want world-class connectivity as soon as possible but this must...

Huawei remains confident about its UK future as it opens innovation centre

Huawei remains confident about its future in the UK as the Chinese vendor opens a new 5G innovation centre in London.

The vendor describes its new facility as a “base for knowledge and skills sharing” and intends to promote collaboration between innovators and businesses in 5G. Visitors can experience 5G applications, such as VR and AR, as well as test out brand new innovations.

“With the opening of our 5G Innovation and Experience Centre in London we, as a leader of 5G, are taking another...

Tech groups petition US court to reconsider net neutrality ruling

Groups representing major tech firms have asked a US court to reconsider an October ruling which largely upheld the 2017 repealing of net neutrality rules.

The subject of net neutrality consistently made the headlines during 2017 and 2018 – we know, we wrote many of them – but it's become a less hot topic this year.

Part of the reason for the decline in debate is that the FCC ruled against net neutrality in December 2017 and repealed...

German spy chief: Huawei 'cannot be trusted fully' in 5G networks

A German spy chief has warned about involving Huawei in 5G networks, reducing the beleaguered vendor's hopes of catching a break in Europe.

Bruno Kahl, head of Germany's foreign intelligence, made the warning to a parliamentary committee on Tuesday. “Infrastructure is not a suitable area for a group that cannot be trusted fully,” Kahl said.

Kahl does not believe Huawei should be ruled out from being involved in the 5G rollout entirely, but the vendor should be kept away from "core...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security, Wireless.

Ofcom details 2020 spectrum auction for more 5G airwaves

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has detailed plans for a 5G spectrum auction next year to support the rollout of the latest generation network.

Companies will bid for the finite airwaves across two separate frequency bands. 80 MHz of spectrum will be available in the 700 MHz band, while 120 MHz of spectrum will be up-for-grabs in the 3.6–3.8 GHz band.

All four of the UK's major operators have launched 5G in some capacity this year but in limited areas of selected cities and towns. The new airwaves will...

Huawei India CEO: India should make its own decisions about 5G firms

Huawei India CEO Jay Chen says the country should make its own decisions over whether to ban 5G firms rather than listen to foreign powers.

Speaking to Economic Times, Chen said:

"The Indian government, companies and customers all have their full confidence in Huawei. Similarly, we are also confident with regards to our prospects in India.

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security, Wireless.

Report claims buying Huawei tech is ‘like buying Chinese fighter planes’

A report analysing the costs involved with removing Chinese telecoms equipment in Europe has trashed concerns it will be a lot more than in the US.

The US has just pledged $1 billion for rural mobile networks to replace Chinese telecoms equipment in the country. European nations are still debating whether to follow the US’ lead, but concerns about the cost are a factor.

Earlier this year, Huawei funded an analysis which calculated the cost of removing Chinese telecoms...

How to resist cybercrime and an ‘Internet of Threats’ in enterprise finance

The presence of cybercriminal activity online is an everyday challenge within the enterprise finance sector. Cybercrime is now an established threat to corporations and their customers. It's largely due to IT security policies that are difficult to enforce and the under-utilisation of effective encryption.

Coupled with the challenges of cybercrime, financial service institutions now experience business model disruption from innovative Fintech startups and increasing regulatory oversight from legislation...

By David H. Deans, 05 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Disruption, IoT, Regulation, Research, Security.

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.