British internet providers commit to measures helping people isolate

Internet providers in the UK have agreed to a package of measures designed to help people isolate.

The British government struck a deal with BT/EE, Openreach, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, Three, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, and KCOM.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “It’s fantastic to see mobile and broadband providers pulling together to do their bit for the national effort by helping customers, particularly the most vulnerable, who may be struggling with bills at this difficult...

EU asks Netflix to lower its quality as people isolate from coronavirus

The EU has asked Netflix to lower its video quality as more people use the service to bring some joy during their coronavirus lockdowns.

Netflix typically accounts for around 13 percent of global internet traffic and has required an increasing amount of bandwidth as the streaming giant releases an increasing library of 4K and HDR content.

Over concerns that an expected surge in Netflix traffic may cause networks to grind to a halt during a time they’re needed most, the EU has persuaded Netflix to reduce...

FCC: Hospitals and schools can now get direct help from carriers

The FCC has waived rules preventing hospitals and schools from getting direct help from carriers for connectivity issues.

Specifically, the FCC has temporarily waived rules relating to its E-Rate and Rural Health Care programs. The initiatives provide subsidies to participating hospitals, schools, and libraries, but prohibits seeking assistance from service providers to prevent fraud and abuse.

During the global coronavirus pandemic, ensuring hospitals have adequate connectivity is paramount. Staff will need...

By Ryan Daws, 19 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Wireless.

T-Mobile is granted extra spectrum to cope with coronavirus demand

The FCC has granted T-Mobile additional spectrum to help cope with the extra demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Reliable connectivity is more important than ever as people around the world are told to work from home where possible and self-isolate if they show any symptoms of the coronavirus.

T-Mobile will have access to more 600MHz spectrum for at least the next 60 days to meet internet access demand and help its network support things like remote working, healthcare, and education.

Neville Ray,...

Global smart city tech spending to reach $124 billion: Analysing the market outlook

When governments invest in new infrastructure, information technology (IT) is now a key component of their development plan. Very large municipal governments, in particular, are spending more on smart city projects that provide their citizens with many unique advantages.

Furthermore, the IT infrastructure advancement trend is gaining momentum across the globe, as established and emerging technology applications are adopted by the forward-thinking leaders.

Global spending on smart cities initiatives are...

By David H. Deans, 13 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Smart Cities.

UK Budget 2020: £5bn for gigabit broadband among ‘huge’ investments

British chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged £5 billion for gigabit broadband in a "huge" Budget designed to boost the UK economy during global uncertainties.

The latest Budget is Sunak's first since being appointed chancellor earlier this year and the first since the UK left the EU. It was always going to garner a lot of attention, but more so amid the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent impact it’s having on the global economy.

Andrew Duncan, Partner and UK Head, Infosys...

By Ryan Daws, 11 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.

British PM Johnson faces off a major revolt over Huawei 5G decision

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced off a major revolt over his decision to allow Huawei in national 5G networks.

The PM faced his first major rebellion on Tuesday as fellow lawmakers expressed concerns about what the decision could mean for both the UK's national security and the country's relationship with Washington.

Johnson’s majority was slashed to 24 as rebels from the Conservative party backed an amendment tabled by Iain Duncan Smith to the Telecommunications Infrastructure...

US senators urge the UK to reconsider its Huawei position

US senators have urged America's closest ally to reconsider its position on the use of Huawei's telecoms equipment.

In January, the UK announced that it will allow the use of Huawei's gear in a "limited capacity" following a multi-year security review.

A bipartisan group of 20 US senators wrote in a letter to the House of Commons:

“Given the significant security, privacy,...

By Ryan Daws, 04 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Security, Wireless.

Dimitra Simeonidou, Smart Internet Lab: Creating societal change with 5G

Telecoms caught up with Professor Dimitra Simeonidou ahead of her talk at this year’s 5G Expo Global to find out what she’s been working on, her thoughts on the 5G rollout, and the ways it will impact society.

Simeonidou’s impressive career so far spans both industry and academia. Among her earliest achievements was leading the team at Alcatel Submarine Networks to deliver the first transatlantic optical network. Since then, Simeonidou has co-founded two successful...

By Ryan Daws, 28 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Huawei lawsuit against ‘unconstitutional’ ban in the US is thrown out

A judge has ruled against a lawsuit filed by Huawei in the US relating to a ban on government personnel using the company’s devices.

Huawei filed the lawsuit on the basis that the ban was “unconstitutional” back in 2018. Since then, Huawei has faced increased US-led scrutiny globally over claims the company is controlled by Beijing – an allegation the company denies.

US District Court Judge Amos Mazzant ruled that Congress has the right to ban federal agencies from using...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Security.

Bipartisan US delegation express Huawei concerns during Munich Security Conference

A bipartisan US delegation voiced their concerns about Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei during this year's Munich Security Conference.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Huawei, and other firms backed by Beijing, are "trojan horses for Chinese intelligence". Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said China is conducting a “nefarious strategy” through companies like Huawei.

But it’s not just Republicans voicing their concerns about Huawei. From the other side of the...

Attorney General calls on the US and its allies to invest in Huawei rivals

During a conference in Washington, the US Attorney General called on America and its allies to invest in Huawei rivals.

Huawei has the largest marketshare in the world of any telecoms vendor. The reason operators are so attracted to Huawei is that the gear is often seen to beat rivals in both capabilities and cost.

"The Chinese are using every lever of power to expand their 5G market share around the globe," Barr said.

However, the US believes Huawei is controlled by Beijing and poses a national...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Wireless.

Huawei: Hey FCC, can you stop calling us a national security risk?

Huawei has urged the FCC not to go ahead with officially designating the company as a national security risk.

The US has not shied away from expressing its concerns about Huawei over the years and claims the Chinese telecoms giant has ties with Beijing. Huawei has always denied the allegations.

While few American operators use Huawei's equipment because of the US government's position, there was never really a penalty for doing so.

In November, the FCC voted 5-0 to initially...

FCC concludes some carriers broke the law by collecting users' real-time location

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote a letter (PDF) to Congress on Friday in which he confirmed that some carriers broke federal law by collecting users’ real-time location data.

Pai did not name specifically which carriers allegedly broke the law but only wrote that the FCC’s enforcement bureau “concluded that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law.”

The FCC was asked to launch an investigation after a Motherboard

Despite the UK’s decision, Australia is sticking by its Huawei 5G ban

Australia will be sticking by its ban of Huawei telecoms equipment despite the UK’s decision earlier this week.

In response to a question asking whether Australia would be revisiting the ban, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said on the Today Show on Friday: "No, we're not".

"They are a high-risk vendor. We have been very clear about it," Dutton said.

The UK and Australia share deep...

BT says the UK gov's decision to limit Huawei gear will cost it £500m

BT estimates the cost of the UK government’s decision to limit the use of Huawei’s telecoms equipment will be in the region of £500 million.

The UK government made its decision about whether to allow Chinese vendor Huawei in national telecoms networks on Tuesday. Despite US-led concerns around security implications, the UK government decided to permit Huawei in a limited role.

Philip Jansen, CEO of BT,...

Democrat FCC commissioner wants to impeach the president’s power to shut down US comms

Democrat FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wants to impeach the president’s power to shut down US communications.

Many US citizens will be unaware the president has the power to shut down their communications. Governments around the world have a history of abusing such powers.

In November last year, the Iranian government cut off its citizens’ internet access as it brutally cracked down on protestors. A

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, N America, Networks.

Huawei gets a reprieve in the UK as government permits 5G gear

The UK government has decided to allow Huawei’s equipment in national 5G networks in a limited role following a security review.

In an expected but notable move, the UK’s National Security Council (NSC) made the decision today following a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Digital Secretary Baroness Morgan said: “We want world-class connectivity as soon as possible but this must...

The UK is set to permit Huawei equipment in 5G networks in ‘limited role’

British officials will reportedly greenlight the use of Huawei equipment in national 5G networks despite US-led concerns.

Reuters reports officials from senior government departments held a meeting on Wednesday and made the recommendation to allow the Chinese network vendor in a “limited role” in national 5G networks.

A complete ban on Huawei’s equipment would be a costly endeavour. Telecoms reported...

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...