Poland and the USA declare need for stringent checks of foreign telecoms gear

As concerns about foreign state influence over critical telecommunications equipment grow, Poland and the USA have signed a declaration calling for stringent checks.

The declaration was signed during a state visit to Poland by US Vice President Mike Pence.

"Protecting these next-generation communications networks from disruption or manipulation and ensuring the privacy and individual liberties of the citizens of the United States, Poland, and other countries is of vital importance," the agreement...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Security, Surveillance.

Britain hopes to make a decision on Huawei’s role in 5G by autumn

Digital Minister Nicky Morgan says Britain should finally make a decision on whether to allow Huawei in 5G networks by autumn.

“We will make the right decision for the UK. I would hope we could do something by the autumn,” Morgan told BBC radio. “We’ve got to make sure that this is going to be a decision for the long term, making sure that we keep all our networks secure.”

The timing of Morgan’s comment is notable so close to the end of the G7 meeting in Biarritz, France....

Huawei Founder: The UK ‘won’t say no to us’ in the rollout of 5G

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said the UK “won’t say no to us” in the rollout of 5G while simultaneously praising new PM Boris Johnson.

Zhengfei made the comments to Sky News as part of the latest intervention from Huawei’s founder amid debates over whether the company should be allowed to deploy its equipment in critical infrastructure.

Reports suggest the UK’s previous government, led by...

By Ryan Daws, 16 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Security, Wireless.

Bolton: Johnson's government will look at Huawei 'from square one'

US national security advisor John Bolton has said during a UK visit that new PM Johnson's government will look at the Huawei issue "from square one".

Bolton is the most senior US government official to visit PM Johnson since he took office last month. The US has strongly warned its allies, especially those such as the UK in the 'five-eyes' intelligence relationship, against allowing the use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks.

“They [UK officials] said, in particular, they are...

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.

Virgin Media chief is enthused by UK PM Johnson’s pledge to speed up gigabit broadband rollout

Virgin Media COO Jeff Dodds has voiced his enthusiasm for UK PM Boris Johnson’s pledge to speed up the rollout of gigabit broadband.

Johnson, who took office on Wednesday, pledged on the steps of Downing Street in his first speech to make full-fibre broadband across the country.

The current government target set by the outgoing administration is for gigabit broadband to be available across the country by 2033. Johnson called the existing target “laughably unambitious” and promised to deliver...

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...

All aboard! The UK and South Korea partner on 5G public transport experience

The UK and South Korea have announced the winning project of funding to help deliver a new 5G public transport experience.

£2.4 million has been set aside to help support a groundbreaking new project for underground transportation. The UK and South Korean governments are each providing £1.2 million in funding.

Digital Minister Margot James announced the winner today as 5G RailNext.

5G RailNext aims to provide infotainment services across the Seoul Metro system. Technologies such as AR will...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Smart Cities, Wireless.

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.

Report: All of the UK’s operators are using Huawei 5G equipment

A report highlighting that all of the UK’s operators are using Huawei equipment shows just how disruptive a ban would be.

The report, from The Observer, found Huawei is involved in building the 5G stations in six of the seven cities in the UK where Vodafone has launched its latest network. Furthermore, Huawei is building “hundreds of 5G sites for EE” and has already won contracts with Three and O2.

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 lands in the UK as Tories signal Huawei climbdown

President Trump looks set to win the UK’s agreement to ban Huawei from national 5G networks following remarks from leading Conservatives.

Trump has landed on British soil experiencing more turbulence than in the air: Brexit uncertainty is hitting businesses, the outlook for industries like manufacturing across the wider eurozone is even worse, a departing prime minister, and protests around Trump’s state visit are just some of the problems faced by...

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...