US officials claim the UK’s approach to 5G security is ‘deeply concerning’

Officials from the Trump administration have warned the UK's approach to 5G security is ‘deeply concerning’.

Senior officials criticised the UK's long-standing approach of testing Chinese equipment prior to use in critical infrastructure. According to them, it's not enough.

Equipment is tested at the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) in Banbury, Oxfordshire. HCSEC said it was confident the equipment poses no threat until a recent report which highlighted concerns about...

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Europe to ease investment concerns

Chinese President Xi Jinping is flying to Europe in a bid to ease concerns around his nation’s investments in areas such as telecoms.

Xi will be visiting Italy as a priority ahead of the Italian government expected to join China's global trade infrastructure programme. An Italian official said last week that Rome would sign a memorandum of understanding with Beijing to support a US$1 trillion initiative known as the ‘New Silk Road’.

Other European nations have expressed concerns about...

EU Parliament has ‘deep concerns’ about Chinese 5G gear while German spooks brand Huawei untrustworthy

The EU Parliament has stated it has ‘deep concerns’ about Chinese 5G gear while German intelligence officials brand Huawei's gear untrustworthy.

Europe has been fairly open to Chinese telecoms vendors in the past, so companies such as Huawei were hopeful European countries wouldn't follow the likes of the US and Australia in banning equipment.

To be clear – the EU Parliament hasn't yet banned Chinese 5G equipment, but its comments today are pretty damning.

“MEPs...

T-Mobile resists extending price freeze if Sprint merger proceeds

T-Mobile CEO John Legere resisted a call to freeze consumer prices for longer than his company’s three-year pledge if the Sprint merger proceeds.

Speaking to a House Judiciary Committee, Legere responded to questions from Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) and Judiciary Committee Antitrust Chair David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who requested a price cap of more than three years.

“Why not make a price commitment for four or five years?” McBath asked.

“I will keep the pricing plans everyone has for three...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Vodafone: Banning Huawei would be costly and slow our 5G rollout

Vodafone has chimed-in on whether the UK government should ban the use of Huawei 5G equipment in national networks.

The operator has Huawei equipment installed in a third of its base stations. If the government were to ban the Chinese vendor’s gear, Vodafone would have quite a task replacing it all.

Speaking to Reuters, Vodafone UK CTO Scott Petty said:

“If we were forced...

T-Mobile pledges to take on ‘the cableopoly’ in Sprint merger bid

T-Mobile has promised it will take on cable firms as part of its latest attempt to woo regulators into authorising the Sprint merger.

In a blog post, T-Mobile CEO John Legere claims the combined firms will be able to solve the lack of broadband connectivity in some rural areas:

“With the New T-Mobile and our unique 5G capabilities, we’ll be able to offer a fast and reliable alternative for in-home broadband –...

Huawei is suing the US for ‘unconstitutional’ 5G ban

Huawei believes it’s being unfairly treated by the US and is suing the government in a bid to overturn a ban of its equipment.

On Wednesday, the Chinese telecoms giant paid a visit to Eastern Texas’ federal district court to request a permanent injunction against the ban.

Huawei is even seeking a declaratory judgement the ban was unconstitutional.

The US has banned Huawei over fears of Beijing state control and that its equipment could be used for surveillance purposes. It has been lobbying its...

Turnbull: ‘Beggars belief’ no Five Eyes member has a leading 5G vendor

Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull gave his views on the use of Chinese telecoms equipment in Western networks during an event in London.

Australia was among the first to ban Chinese vendors from its national 5G networks, and it was one of Turnbull’s final decisions before he was replaced.

Speaking to an audience at the Henry Jackson Society, which included many prominent British MPs, Turnbull said:

“One of the final decisions made while I was prime minister, as a decision...

Huawei CFO is suing Canada for unlawful conduct during arrest​​​​​​​

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is suing Canadian authorities for alleged unlawful conduct following her arrest in the country last December.

According to Meng’s lawyers, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) delayed executing her arrest warrant in a bid to extract added evidence from her before she was arrested.

Her lawyers further alleged the officers breached Meng’s right to privacy during the luggage search. The lawsuit claims border officials “knew or were recklessly...

Opinion: Whisper it quietly, Trump is right to be talking about 6G

President Trump has been mocked for talking about 6G when 5G is just starting to roll out, but he’s right to be thinking about what’s next.

6G doesn’t exist in the slightest yet – you know that, and I know that. Who knows whether Trump is aware or not, but leaders are quite right to be giving it some consideration.

This is what he said during one of his infamous tweet tirades:

trump-6g He’s certainly...

Chinese cyberattacks against the US have resumed

Following a few years of decreased Chinese cyberattacks against the US, a new report from CrowdStrike indicates a resumption in hacking activities.

CrowdStrike’s annual Global Threat Report highlights notable changes in the cybersecurity sphere. This year’s report, titled ‘Adversary Tradecraft and the Importance of Speed’, notes China is collecting intelligence for its ‘Made in China 2025’...

UK think tank warns Huawei 5G participation would be ‘naive'

UK security think tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has warned allowing Huawei to participate in 5G would be 'naive' and ‘irresponsible’.

The RUSI is the world's oldest independent think tank on international defence and security. In its report, the institute highlights Beijing’s history of using cyberattacks on the West to advance Chinese interests.

Huawei has long been accused of being controlled by the Chinese state and Western officials have warned it would be...

Huawei founder: "There's no way the US can crush us"

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said “there’s no way the US can crush” his firm, in response to American calls on allies to ban Chinese 5G equipment.

America has long taken a hardline stance against Huawei which predates the Trump administration. Trump’s government has increased pressure on allies to ban Huawei equipment which some claim to be part of the wider ‘trade war’ against China.

Zhengfei made the comment in an interview with the BBC,...

Russia will unplug from the internet to ensure independence

In the coming months, Russia will unplug from the global internet as part of an experiment to ensure the nation can function without it.

A proposed law called the Digital Economy National Program would require Russian ISPs to ensure they’re able to operate if foreign powers isolate the country.

Organisations which maintain the international DNS system are based around the world, but none are based in Russia. That means, in theory, it would be possible for Russia to be disconnected.

International coalitions such as...

Democrats investigate T-Mobile execs’ 52 nights at Trump hotel

Congressional Democrats are wanting to know why T-Mobile executives pushing for a Sprint merger approval spent 52 nights in a Trump hotel.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington State issued letters demanding information about the stays and whether the president was aware.

It was previously reported by The Washington Post that T-Mobile executives, including CEO John Legere, had booked in 38 night stays last year at the Trump International Hotel in...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Nokia appears to be profiting from Huawei 5G bans

Nokia posted earnings on Thursday and the figures indicate bans of Huawei’s 5G equipment has increased demand for alternatives.

Over the fourth quarter, Nokia’s profits reached £652 million ($852 million) from £629 million ($822 million) a year earlier. Sales grew three percent to £6 billion ($7.8 billion).

While the growth is not huge, it’s above analyst predictions. This indicates the bans and uncertainty surrounding Huawei 5G equipment is giving Nokia a boost.

Nokia CEO...

By Ryan Daws, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security.

Optus concedes Huawei ban means 5G launching without best tech

Optus has conceded Australia’s ban on Huawei technology has led to building its 5G network without the best available equipment.

"From a pure technology perspective, Huawei is probably ahead of the other three," said Optus CEO Allen Lew to The Sydney Morning Herald. "But what we've got from the other suppliers will enable us to provide a globally competitive...

Cybersecurity firm exposes Iranian group attacking telcos

Cybersecurity firm FireEye claims to have identified an Iranian hacking group which is attacking telcos around the world.

FireEye exposed the group called ‘APT39’ last month. APT39’s main goal appears to be stealing personal information.

According to FireEye, this goal makes APT39 somewhat unique. Other Iranian hacking groups tracked by the cybersecurity firm are linked to influence operations, disruptive attacks, and other threats.

In a

By Ryan Daws, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Security, Surveillance.

Huawei denies wrongdoing as US slaps it with charges

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has denied any wrongdoing as US prosecutors slap the firm with a host of criminal charges against it.

The charges filed against Huawei include bank fraud, obstruction of justice, and theft of technology.

In a statement, Huawei said it was "disappointed to learn of the charges brought against the company today".

Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei and daughter of the company’s founder, was arrested in Canada last month. It’s alleged Wanzhou aided Huawei in flouting...

Vodafone stops buying Huawei 5G core equipment in Europe

Vodafone has announced it will stop purchasing 5G core equipment from Huawei across its European operations amid potential bans.

Governments around the world are considering bans of Huawei equipment citing national security fears. Much of these appear to be unsubstantiated and based on possibility rather than evidence.

Huawei has a history of providing innovative network equipment for previous generation networks around the world. Some experts believe Chinese telecoms equipment is around a year ahead of...