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.

Why most telcos are still failing in the smart home market – and what can be done to help

Smart home is hard. I know because I have led a smart home platform company and we had our shares of wins and losses. I see most telcos struggle and I have some ideas why.

It has long been touted that communication service providers (CSPs) will be the second coming for the smart home. A.D. Little, one of the top global consulting firms, in its 2012 report Catching the Smart Home Opportunity, Room for Growth for...

By Lew Brown, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Connectivity, IoT, Marketing, Operators.

Ericsson: 5G will cover 65% of the world by 2025 with over 2.6b subs

Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report makes some interesting predictions about the pace of 5G adoption globally.

The Swedish telecoms vendor expects global 5G subscriptions will exceed 2.6 billion within the next six years. By this time, Ericsson predicts 5G will cover 65 percent of the world.

Ericsson believes total mobile subscriptions, including to previous generation networks, will reach 8.9 billion from 8 billion over the next six years.

The current average monthly data-traffic-per-smartphone is...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, China, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

AT&T will launch its real 5G network in December

AT&T has announced it will launch its 5G network in December, for real this time.

America's largest operator received a lot of criticism for launching "5G-E" earlier this year, which actually uses 4G technology.

The "E" stands for "Evolution" and AT&T reasons that it will be used for its proper 5G network so it's not inaccurate. Of course, average consumers don't necessarily know that.

Critics called 5G-E misleading, rivals

By Ryan Daws, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smartphones, Wireless.

Total mobile service revenue in China to hit $165bn by the end of 2024, reveals GlobalData

Data and analytics company GlobalData said that the increase in the demand for mobile Internet connectivity and growing unique subscriber base will drive the total mobile service revenue in China from $153 billion (£118.4bn) in 2019 to $165bn (£127.7bn) by the end of 2024. 

Total mobile subscribers in China are expected to grow at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6% between 2019 and 2024, revealed...

By Telecoms, 21 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Mobile, Research, Wireless.

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.

Deloitte: Consumers are currently apathetic about 5G networks

Research from Deloitte suggests consumers are currently struggling to become enthused about 5G networks.

Operators around the world are currently trying to drum up excitement for 5G, often in a bid to get customers to part with more cash each month.

Demos of ways that 5G can be used have been conducted as part of operators’ marketing blitzes. We’ve seen 8K VR streaming, people

By Ryan Daws, 14 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Standards, Wireless.

Security researchers discover nearly a dozen 5G vulnerabilities

A team of researchers have uncovered nearly a dozen 5G vulnerabilities, showing the latest generation may not provide the leap in security we hoped for.

The researchers, from the universities of Iowa and Purdue, were able to perform a range of concerning attacks.

Some examples of attacks the researchers conducted include location tracking, broadcasting fake emergency alerts, and cutting devices off from the 5G network.

With 5G networks expected to proliferate rapidly and be used for ever more critical...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Security, Standards, Wireless.

SpaceX successfully launches 60 improved Starlink satellites

SpaceX has successfully launched 60 improved Starlink satellites which pack a number of upgrades.

The main addition is increased spectrum capacity for end-users by making full use of the Ka- and Ku-bands. SpaceX's initial 60 satellites only supported Ku-band antennas.

Another change, aimed at quelling fears about space junk, is that more components of each satellite will burn up entirely in Earth's atmosphere at the end of their life.

With the original batch of satellites, SpaceX promised 95 percent...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Satellite.

BT launches Halo plans to provide converged 5G and fixed broadband

BT has merged its “Halo” and “No Limits” mobile plans, which aims to combine the power of 5G mobile and fixed line home broadband (FTTC, FTTP, G.fast) networks. This will help the telecom provider’s subscribers enjoy the benefits offered by the convergence.

The existing 5G customers with BT Plus plans will be automatically upgraded to reap from Halo.

BT...

By Telecoms, 11 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Cloud, Connectivity, Europe, Wireless.

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.

China Mobile Vice GM: 5G will be ‘the accelerator for new technologies’

Zhao Dachun, the vice general manager of China Mobile, has given his thoughts on the rollout of 5G during the third China Enterprise Reform and Development Forum.

Dachun highlights research from IHS Markit which predicts 5G will fuel growth across sectors by 2035 of $12.3 trillion globally.

"5G will become the aorta of the information society, the accelerator of the industrial transformation, and the footstone of digital society,” he said.

China Mobile was among the nation’s state-owned operators

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities, Wireless.

China's state telcos will flick on the world's largest 5G network on Friday

State-owned telecoms operators in China will switch on their 5G networks for the first time on Friday as Beijing aims to catch up with the US.

China Unicom, China Mobile, and China Telecom will launch 5G services on Friday with prices starting from 128 yuan per month, equivalent to approximately $18/month.

Beijing initially planned to launch 5G services early next year but have accelerated their plans amid increased trade tensions with the US.

As of Friday, China will have the largest...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, 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...

Ericsson and NVIDIA collaborate to offer virtualised 5G RAN

Ericsson and NVIDIA have joined hands to develop technologies that will enable communication service providers to build virtualised 5G radio access networks (RAN), which will accelerate the introduction of new AI and IoT-based services.

With an aim to provide the best possible user experience to customers, communication service providers are trying to find out optional technological solutions and RAN architectures due to the...

By Telecoms, 28 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Operators.

Nokia shares drop the most since 1991 after cutting outlook, suspending dividend

Nokia's shares have plummeted at the market open in Helsinki as the Finnish vendor faces continued turbulence.

The shares dropped 24 percent at the open, the biggest drop since 1991.

Shareholders are spooked after Nokia cut its outlook claiming that increased spending was necessary to compete against rivals.

In a statement, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said:

"Some of the risks that we flagged previously related to the initial phase of 5G are now materialising.

We...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

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.