Huawei founder says the company is ready 'to withstand' further US actions

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said the company has invested heavily in ensuring it can withstand further US actions taken against it.

The Chinese giant is the world's most popular telecoms equipment manufacturer and the second-largest smartphone maker. Despite various US actions taken against Huawei, the company is yet to be shaken from its leading positions.

The US has long...

US officials issue the UK with a dossier highlighting Huawei 5G risks

Officials from the US have issued Downing Street highlighting the risks of allowing Huawei to have involvement in national 5G networks.

The US has long taken a wary stance of Chinese telecoms equipment over concerns of state control and potential surveillance. With 5G set to be used for more critical infrastructure, the US has increased pressure on its allies to block Huawei equipment in particular.

Huawei has a reputation for innovative equipment at cost effective prices. With

FCC announces rules for $20 billion allocation of rural broadband funds

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on rules later this month for the distribution of over $20 billion in rural broadband funds.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced the rules on Wednesday for the funds that will not only support rural broadband providers, but also companies that have previously been ineligible for subsidies including wireless firms, electric co-ops, and cable providers.

The funds will be distributed over 10 years with the intention of finally closing the digital divide when it...

US Homeland Security issues rare alert warning of cyber attacks from Iran

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a rare security alert warning about the increased likelihood of cyber attacks originating from Iran.

President Trump ordered a drone strike on an Iranian convoy last week, killing top general Qasem Soleimani. Trump claims Soleimani was a “terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime,...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Security.

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...

China forces new mobile network subscribers to provide facial scans

A controversial law which forces new mobile subscribers in China to first provide scans of their face has now been implemented.

To sign up for a new plan, Chinese consumers will still need their national ID card but will now also be forced to supply facial scans. First announced in September, Beijing says it’s taking the step to “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace.”

The...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Privacy, Surveillance.

Letter suggests Iran will only let citizens access whitelisted foreign websites

Following an internet shutdown, the Iranian government has sent a letter to state-run companies asking them what foreign websites they rely on.

The Iranian government cut off internet access for a week earlier this month amid protests against increasing fuel prices.

Experts believe the letter to state-run organisations suggests Tehran is planning to implement a whitelist of sites that citizens can access as part of a wider internet clampdown.

Amir Nazemi, head of Iran’s Information Technology Organisation, sent the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government.

Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee lays out 'contract' to save it

The web is not in a healthy state and its creator is stepping in with a "contract” to help save it.

British pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote his proposal for what became the World Wide Web in 1989. In a list of 80 cultural moments that shaped the world, chosen by a panel of 25 eminent scientists, academics, writers, and world leaders, the invention of the World Wide Web was ranked number one.

The entry stated, "The fastest-growing communications medium of all time, the internet has changed...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Telecoms sector leads R&D growth as UK 'shrugs off' Brexit concerns

Data from the ONS shows the telecoms sector is the fastest growing R&D spender as UK businesses "shrug off" Brexit concerns.

Telecoms companies in the UK increased their spending on research and development last year by £192 million to £947 million.

With a growth of 25.4 percent, R&D spending has reached a four-year high. However, analysis by R&D tax relief...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Innovation, Research.

Telstra: ‘Foreign actors’ are spreading 5G health risk misinformation

Australian telco giant Telstra has warned that “foreign actors” are spreading misinformation about 5G health risks.

5G will unlock huge economic opportunities and countries leading in rollouts will reap the benefits of being first movers. There is, therefore, an incentive for some countries to slow the progress of others.

Though it’s not a new phenomenon, misinformation has become a hot topic in recent years due to allegations it’s been used to rig elections and sow disorder. Social...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Labour’s free state broadband pledge causes widespread concern

Several figures and bodies have warned about the potential impact of Labour’s free state broadband pledge ahead of the UK general election.

For the world’s fifth-largest economy, Britain’s broadband is pitiful. Research conducted by Cable ranks the UK 34th globally with a mean download speed of 22.3Mbps. Even worse, around 10 percent of households are still unable to access fibre broadband.

With the UK’s general election looming,...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

US officials continue to criticise allies 'opening their arms' to Chinese 5G

US officials have increased their criticism of allies who are “opening their arms” to 5G equipment from Chinese vendors.

On Thursday, US chief technology officer Micheal Kratsios spoke at a tech conference in Lisbon. Kratsios reiterated America’s stance that Chinese firms cannot be trusted as they’re compelled to cooperate with Beijing’s intelligence services.

Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei is one of the few suppliers used in global networks. The vendor has built a reputation for...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

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.

Lebanon backtracks on plan to tax voice calls made over the internet

Lebanon has decided to backtrack on a policy that would have resulted in a daily charge to users wanting to make voice calls over the internet.

The plan was to charge 20 cents per day for calls made over the web; including using services like WhatsApp and FaceTime Audio.

While it's a relatively small daily charge, Lebanon expected it to result in an extra $200 million per year for the cash-strapped government.

Lebanon recently declared an "economic emergency" and is currently in the process of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Mobile, OTT Services, VoiP.

Data-sharing agreement between the UK and US sets off alarm bells

A piece of legislation called the CLOUD Act has been the root of much debate in the past few days over its privacy implications.

The CLOUD Act requires social media services like Facebook to hand over private messages sent using communications networks. Previous attempts by Western governments to snoop on private conversations have been met with backlash by citizens.

Under former UK PM Theresa May’s government, a proposal was made that encrypted communications must be made accessible by...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Surveillance.

UK government pledges £5bn for gigabit broadband in every home by 2025

During the Conservative Party Conference, Chancellor Sajid Javid pledged £5 billion for gigabit broadband in every home by 2025.

Standing on the steps of Downing Street following his election in July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the rollout of gigabit broadband one of his key pledges. The chancellor has now committed public money to help achieve Johnson’s pledge.

"We are setting out plans to invest £5bn to support the rollout of full-fibre, 5G and other gigabit-capable networks to...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Rural.