Sky Mobile secures rights to use O2’s 5G network early

Sky Mobile has extended is MVNO agreement with Telefonica to ensure it has access to O2's 5G network when it’s ready to go live.

The mobile subsidiary of Sky’s business launched in 2016 and has seen explosive growth since in part due to its bundles with other services. Few companies are in a position to offer attractive quad-play bundles of broadband, landline, TV, and mobile services.

While research shows the consumer appetite for quad-play bundles, the lure of 5G services may tempt customers...

By Ryan Daws, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, MVNO, Networks, Operators.

Spain raises €437 million after four days of its 5G auction

The Spanish government has raised €437 million ($510 million) after several days of its 5G spectrum auction involving four operators.

Spain was auctioning off spectrum in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz range suitable for launching 5G connectivity. A minimum of €100 million was set for the auction so final bids amounted to over quadruple.

Bids were made over a total of thirty-four rounds across four days.

The first four rounds had a minimum activity level of 60 percent. The next nineteen required 80 percent...

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

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...

Why we all need to be ready to fight new 5G vulnerabilities

In the evolving landscape of mobile networks, we are beginning to see new vulnerabilities open up through 3G and 4G networks, and it is more than likely that 5G will follow this same fate. Protecting only this Gi Interface is no longer enough for service provider security.

Until recently, the Gi-LAN connecting the EPC (Evolved Packet Core) to the internet was considered to be the most vulnerable part of the service provider network and was protected via Gi-Firewal and anti DDoS systems. The rest of the EPC...

By Ronald Sens, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Security.

ZTE ban reversal in the U.S. causes stock to surge upwards

Investors are ready to bet on ZTE once again following a surge in the company’s shares after the reversal of its ban from the US market.

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE has faced a tough few months. The company was banned from the US market with the administration citing the company violated export restrictions to North Korea and Iran.

Following the ban, ZTE was forced to suspend its operations which the company estimates cost it $3 billion. The...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks.

China Mobile, Huawei, and Intel complete 5G interoperability test

US chipmaker Intel has announced the completion of 5G interoperability testing with telco giant China Mobile and equipment maker Huawei.

The 5G interoperability and development testing (IODT) was in compliance with the latest 3GPP Release-15 standard.

Asha Keddy, VP and GM of Next Generation and Standards at Intel, says:

"As we work to accelerate 5G commercialization after the finalization of the 3GPP 5G R15 standard, Intel has been actively partnering with leading companies in 5G NR...

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

Nokia and Tencent team up to explore 5G initiatives in China

Nokia and Tencent have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly conduct R&D work to explore the potential of 5G that will benefit billions of internet users in China.

Both firms would be initiating an end-to-end 5G test environment in China's southern city of Shenzhen and will also leverage the AI and automation management capabilities enabled by 5G to promote international standards and an open-source ecosystem to expand the evolution of latest services.

Nokia and Tencent will also be...

By Telecoms, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Operators.

Vodafone is hot on Ooredoo's heels with plans for 5G services 

Vodafone is not far behind its rival Ooredoo in deploying 5G services in Qatar, with the expectation they’ll launch before the end of the year.

Last month, Telecoms reported Ooredoo launched its first 5G home broadband device following the Qatar-based operator’s launch of the world’s first commercial 5G network in May.

At the time, Waleed Al Sayed, CEO of Ooredoo Qatar, said:

“Ooredoo is ecstatic...

By Ryan Daws, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, UAE.

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...

Why 5G connectivity will be key to the future of the connected car

Communications service providers (CSPs) need to get their acts together, according to analyst firm Gartner, as opportunities will ramp up in utilising 5G for autonomous vehicle connectivity.

CSPs can ‘secure future market opportunities’ with autonomous vehicle manufacturers, Gartner added, in areas such as driver safety and data processing and management.

There will be a huge amount of data at play here. By 2025, autonomous vehicles will upload more than 1 terabyte of vehicle and sensor data to...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Apps, Cloud, Connectivity, Operators.

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.

AT&T can scale FirstNet towers and upgrade to 5G with a software update

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has claimed upgrading the company's FirstNet towers to 5G will just require scaling them and performing a software update.

FirstNet is AT&T’s network for first responders and will cover all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia – including rural communities and tribal lands in those states and territories.

Stephenson in an investor's conference: “We’ll be equipping every single cell site for 5G such that, when 5G is...

By Ryan Daws, 22 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, N America, Networks, Operators.

India signs three MOUs with UK institutions to maximise 5G benefits

India has signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) agreements with leading UK academic institutions to hasten 5G deployment and maximise its benefits.

The UK institutions which signed the MOUs are King’s College, University of Surrey, and the University of Bristol. Academics will share their expertise and research with the Indian government-owned body C-DOT, the nation’s telecoms technology development centre.

India’s High Commissioner to the UK, Y.K. Sinha, said to reporters:

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.

Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban which cost the company $3bn

Following a temporary reprieve from President Trump’s ZTE ban which the company estimates cost it $3 billion, the Senate has now voted to reinstate it.

The U.S. Senate vote to reinstate the ban may not make it into law – it first has to clear the House, and then avoid being vetoed by President Trump.

ZTE is one of China’s biggest telecoms companies and became one of the first victims of Trump’s crackdown on...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Surveillance.

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.

Huawei denies Australia 5G lock-out despite increasing likelihood

A chairman from Huawei disputes reports suggesting the company has been locked-out from participating in Australia’s 5G network rollout.

Citing senior sources, Australian Financial Review said Huawei is 'all but certain to be excluded from providing equipment' towards Australia’s 5G network. The publication says the nation’s security and defence agencies are 'firmly against' Huawei’s...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Report: UK’s 5G landscape is ‘active and growing rapidly’

Digital Catapult has released some interesting results from what its researchers are calling the UK’s first ever 5G landscape report.

5G is predicted to enable US$12.3 trillion (€10.47 trillion) of global economic output by 2035. According to Digital Catapult’s research, the UK is setting itself up well to capitalise on its potential.

Part of its strength comes from the range of relevant and skilled 5G actors in the UK. This includes private and public sector organisations, academics and...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Ooredoo aims to launch world's first 5G home broadband

Following its launch of the world’s first commercial 5G network last month, Ooredoo is debuting a home broadband device.

Qatar-based Ooredoo claims its home broadband device will offer speeds up to 2 Gbps. That represents over 20 times the speed of the company’s fibre broadband.

Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said:

“Ooredoo is ecstatic to announce that last night, we became the first in the world to have a live commercial 5G home broadband device.

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Innovation, Networks, Operators.

Policy group ETNO calls EU’s telecoms overhaul a ‘missed opportunity’

An overhaul of telecoms laws by the EU has been called a ‘missed opportunity’ by the association which represents Europe's operators.

ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators) said the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “represented a once in a decade chance to simplify and improve the EU rules for the sector in the interest of European citizens and businesses.”

However, “this opportunity has been missed.”

The association believes the ECC...

Huawei hits back after calls for ban from Australian 5G infrastructure

Huawei has taken umbrage at claims it has links to the Chinese government and should be banned from Australian 5G infrastructure.

Last week, Telecoms reported Australian Labor MP Michael Danby called on PM Malcolm Turnbull to ban Chinese telecoms companies from 5G infrastructure. Danby said they are ‘effectively controlled by Beijing’ and named Huawei and ZTE specifically.

John Lord, Chairman of Huawei Australia, told Radio...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.