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WISPA believes Ofcom needs to ‘modernise the way it allocates spectrum resources’ because the current approach is outdated and ‘no longer fit for purpose’.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.

Ofcom is concerned about BT’s continued Openreach influence

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has raised its concerns that BT still has too much influence over decisions made by the Openreach national broadband network.

Following years of complaints from rivals that previous Openreach owner BT was prioritising their business in strategic decisions, Ofcom decided to step in last year.

Ofcom and BT reached the decision to keep Openreach under BT’s parent company, but have it run as an independent company in a bid to make its operations fairer to competitors.

In a...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

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.

Editorial: A look at Gavin Patterson’s five-year tenure as BT CEO

The CEO of BT, Gavin Patterson, is stepping down after a five-year tenure in the post which has seen the business go through substantial changes.

During his time, Patterson handled the mobile industry-shaking £12.5bn acquisition of the UK’s biggest mobile operator, EE.

Patterson also oversaw the split of the Openreach fibre broadband network from BT into its own company and worked to modernise the company’s IPTV offerings as OTT players like Amazon Prime aim to replace traditional...

T-Mobile’s 600 MHz rollout is now available in over 900 U.S areas

T-Mobile has announced its rollout of 600 MHz low-band spectrum has now reached over 900 cities and towns in the United States.

120 cities and towns have been added in T-Mobile’s latest update including New Mexico, Omaha, Nebraska, Maine, Augasta, and Los Alamos.

The operator has named its service ‘Extended Range LTE’ due to low-band spectrum’s characteristics of covering a larger area. In fact, the carrier says its signal carries twice as far from towers and is "four times better...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Spectrum.

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.

Senators challenge the accuracy of FCC’s rural broadband map

Senators have expressed concern over the accuracy of a map the FCC is using to plan the allocation of over $4 billion in subsidies to improve rural broadband.

Under the Mobile Fund Phase II plans, money will be redirected over the next decade away from where private capital is already being supplied, and instead used to help bring 4G services to Americans in under-served rural areas.

In an op-ed back in February,  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote:

"Right now, the federal government...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Rural.

Qualcomm and Facebook seek to deliver gigabit WiFi

Facebook has been talking about its gigabit WiFi project Terragraph since 2016, but we now have a partner and a date for trials.

Terragraph aims to be an alternative to fibre broadband using 60GHz millimetre-wave wireless. It will use 802.11ay technology, designed to be the successor to 802.11ad wireless.

Yael Maguire, VP of Connectivity at Facebook, says:

“We’re excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies to advance the adoption of pre-802.11ay and 802.11ad 60GHz technologies...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.

UK considers ‘five-eyes’ Galileo rival as space strategy announced

The UK is considering launching a ‘five-eyes’ alternative to the EU’s Galileo satellite project as it announces its first space defence strategy.

Five-eyes is an intelligence-sharing alliance between Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada. Two Whitehall officials told the Financial Times that Australia, which last week announced plans for a National Space Agency, had indicated a potential interest in a UK satellite project.

As part...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, Government, Infrastructure, Mobile, Satellite.

Brits overpay for broadband while receiving half the advertised speed

According to research, many British households are both overpaying for their services and receiving broadband speeds half as fast as they were advertised.

Communications regulator Ofcom recently conducted research which found around four million UK households could be saving money on broadband.

Broadband customers often sign up to good welcome offers for a set term, but then forget to shop around or negotiate with their existing provider once their contract is up.

Once an offer is up, plans can jump...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Marketing, Operators, Regulation.

Sprint hypes 5G in contrast to recent industry trend

The incoming CEO of Sprint, Michel Combes, has bucked the recent industry trend of downplaying 5G expectations and has instead decided to hype it up.

In recent weeks, Telecoms has reported on comments from operators and equipment makers setting a low bar of what to expect from 5G. It’s understandable — as the old adage goes; it’s better to under-promise and over-deliver, than over-promise and under-deliver.

Speaking at...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Telefonica buddies up with Amazon Web Services to help customers with their cloud push

It’s telco cloud, Jim, but not as we know it. Telefonica has announced it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help organisations in their journeys to the cloud.

Customers are ‘asking for support in their cloud adoption processes’, as the Spanish operator puts it – and rather than go their own way, as the market has seen with less than impressive results, it’s better to go with a hyperscaler.

The partnership includes a variety of initiatives. Telefonica will include...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Europe, Operators.

Senate reinstates net neutrality (for now)

In a vote today, Senators managed to narrowly overturn the FCC’s so-called ‘Restoring Internet Freedom Order’ which repealed Obama-era laws ensuring net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the idea that all internet users should be treated equally. Critics argue that heavier users, or services which use greater bandwidth, should pay more to cover infrastructure costs.

If you trust your cable company, you’re not going to like my vote today

Advocates for maintaining net neutrality rules are...

GSMA: Mobile IoT is an integral part of 5G

The GSM Association (GSMA) has released a new report detailing how mobile IoT technologies will be an integral part of 5G.

Mobile IoT technologies are Low-Power, Wide Area (LPWA) and include NB-IoT and LTE-M. These technologies are fundamental to the development of ‘massive IoT’ which the GSMA sees as one of 5G’s three core use cases — alongside critical communications, and enhanced broadband.

Alex Sinclair, CTO at GSMA, comments:

“While people often associate...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Standards.