EU launches research group to stop ‘problematic’ internet use

The EU has established the ‘European Problematic Use of the Internet’ (EU-PUI) research network which aims to stop harmful web use.

Gambling, pornography, and excessive use of social media may sound like a good time for some folks. For others, each can pose a serious problem.

How problematic use impacts health, especially mental wellbeing, hasn’t been thoroughly researched. Support groups for such things have been available for decades, but prevention is always better than treatment where...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Europe, Government, Industry, Regulation.

Huawei is ready to dispel South Korea’s 5G security concerns

Huawei has said it’s ready to dispel any 5G security fears in South Korea as it continues to woo operators around the world.

South Korean telcos are currently deciding which vendors will supply their 5G equipment. The nation’s largest, SK Telecom, has already ruled-out Huawei in favour of Samsung, Nokia, and Ericsson.

Unlike the US and Australia, the South Korean government has not banned the use of Huawei equipment. There are...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security.

US cities issue lawsuit threats against the FCC over 5G rules

A collection of US cities accuse the FCC of 5G infrastructure policy ‘overreach’ and have issued lawsuit threats in response.

The FCC’s recent policy change limits how much local municipalities can bill for letting telecom carriers mount 5G cellular equipment on city-owned infrastructure.

Rules passed on September 26th restrict cities from charging firms more than $270 per year for each piece of equipment attached to city property. In Portland, for example, that’s $2,730 less than what...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Trump’s administration sues California over its net neutrality bill

The state of California is being sued following its decision to side with the majority of internet users and protect net neutrality.

Consumers are strongly in favour of net neutrality. In research conducted by Maryland University, 83 percent opposed repealing the rules – including 75 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Democrats, and 86 percent of independents.

The state of California acted to...

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.

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.

Opinion: ‘Project Fear’ turns its gaze to UK telecoms consumers

Ludicrous claims have been made from both sides of the Brexit debate, but now the so-called ‘Project Fear’ is aiming to scare UK telecoms consumers.

The latest claim is a return to the dark old days of mobile roaming charges.

Ending roaming charges around Europe is touted as one of the EU’s proudest achievements for citizens. It’s been welcomed by consumers who shudder at the ‘bill shock’ they once had after even a quick trip around the continent.

The thing is, roaming...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Roaming.

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...

Study: UK consumers face 82% price rise from their ISP post-contract

A study has found that UK telecoms customers face a steep cost increase of up to 82 percent at the end of their contracts.

Recent changes to advertising rules in the UK requires ISPs to provide estimated speeds to potential customers instead of the misleading ‘up to’ claims.

The change has made the industry more honest, but one area which is still not clear enough is how much consumers will pay after their contract ends.

Richard Neudegg, head of regulation at uSwitch, comments:

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Operators, Regulation, Research.

Indian telcos asked to enable social app blocks following attacks

The Indian government has asked telcos in the country to enable the blocking of social apps following a spate of vigilante attacks.

Apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook have been used to spread misinformation about individuals leading to lynchings and beatings.

In a letter seen by Reuters, the government wrote:

“You are ... requested to explore various possible options and confirm how...

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Government, India, Mobile, Regulation.

UK telecoms infrastructure review plots ‘world-class’ connectivity

The UK government has today released its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review in which it plots a course for what it calls ‘world-class’ connectivity.

Starting with broadband progress over the past few years, the report notes the government met its target in December last year to deliver superfast broadband (currently defined as over 24Mbps) to 95 percent of the UK.

In addition, the government has passed legislation to create a new ‘Universal Service Obligation’ giving every household and...

Huawei oversight board warns of ‘new risks’ to UK infrastructure

An oversight board set up in the UK to monitor the use of Huawei’s equipment in critical telecoms infrastructure has identified ‘new risks’ to security.

While countries like the US and Australia have taken hardline stances against the use of Chinese telecoms equipment from the likes of Huawei in critical infrastructure, the UK has been more accommodating.

Chinese telecoms equipment...

UK makes bold promises to advance digital infrastructure

An assessment by the UK National Infrastructure Commission highlights areas where investment should be prioritised to prevent shortcomings.

“The whole purpose of the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment is to think beyond the technologies of today and to ensure we can make the most of future innovations,” explains Sir John Armitt CBE.

“It’s why it’s not just a one-off but something we will be repeating every five years to ensure we remain on the front...

Sprint’s ties with Huawei may complicate T-Mobile merger

Congressional lawmakers want the pending Sprint–T-Mobile merger examined over the former's possible Chinese government links.

According to a report from Bloomberg, the lawmakers are concerned that Sprint is majority-owned by Japan’s SoftBank… and SoftBank has worked with Huawei, which the US government has deemed a national security threat.

It’s a rather tenuous link, but it seems the...

Trump’s administration calls on the FCC to block China Mobile

Trump’s administration continues to be wary of Chinese telecoms firms as it asks the FCC not to grant a license to China Mobile.

Citing national security concerns, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recommended the FCC deny China Mobile Ltd’s application to offer telecommunications services from within the United States.

State-owned China Mobile is the world’s largest phone carrier by subscribers, with over 902 million users as of June 2018. The...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Operators, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

Huawei appears to cut research funding in Australia

Huawei appears to be cutting research funding in Australia as it continues to face problems in the country over national security fears.

The company’s Australian financial reports show a drop in research spending from $81,000 in 2016 to zero last year. For comparison, back in 2015, the company spent $8.3 million – and $10.1 million the year before that.

The company denies any reduction in research spending.

A spokesman for Huawei said it’s provided more than $1 million of IoT equipment...

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Research, Security.

Trade body calls on Ofcom to modernise spectrum auctions

Fixed wireless trade body WISPA (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association) has called on Ofcom to modernise spectrum auctions.

WISPA believes Ofcom needs to ‘modernise the way it allocates spectrum resources’ because the current approach is outdated and ‘no longer fit for purpose’.

Spectrum allocation has become an even more contentious issue in recent years ahead of the rollout of 5G and IoT services.

David Burns, Chairman of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.