Nokia and Ericsson win SoftBank 5G contracts over Huawei, ZTE

Nokia and Ericsson have won a lucrative 5G contract with Japanese telco SoftBank at the expense of Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE.

SoftBank has an existing relationship with Nokia and Ericsson, so the decision is of little surprise. However, ZTE and Huawei were involved with earlier trials.

Amid US-led concerns about the use of Chinese telecoms equipment, Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications imposed a condition effectively banning Huawei and ZTE from 5G networks.

While Japan’s...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Project Limitless: Qualcomm and Lenovo debut the first 5G laptop

Qualcomm and Lenovo have reminded us the humble laptop will also be revolutionised by 5G as part of a new collaboration.

Much of the discussion around 5G is dominated by smartphones and the IoT – which is fair, but let’s not forget the possibilities of 5G-connected PCs.

Announced at Computex in Taipei, Qualcomm announced that it’s teaming up with Lenovo on the first 5G laptop which is currently being dubbed ‘Project Limitless’ (we have a feeling it...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, Networks.

EE 5G launches May 30th, plots Google and Niantic experiences

EE has announced the launch of its 5G network along with plans to develop ‘exciting new experiences’ with Google and Niantic.

The UK’s largest mobile operator will launch its 5G network on May 30th in six initial cities; London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester.

Later this year, the BT-owned network plans to expand coverage to include Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, and Glasgow. A rapid expansion plan means over...

T-Mobile and Sprint merger receives FCC chairman’s blessing

A proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has taken a leap closer to reality as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gives his backing.

The $26.5 billion merger proposal would result in the combined entity having a similar number of subscribers to AT&T and Verizon. As the 5G rollout picks up pace, the pair argues this will enable them to be more competitive and speed up deployments.

Opponents of the deal are concerned that reducing the number of major US operators to just three will be harmful to competition. Such a...

Ericsson CEO: Europe needs to stop playing ‘catch up’ and take a 5G lead

Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm spoke at the Viva Technology conference of the need for Europe to stop playing ‘catch up’ and take a lead in 5G.

Ekholm first addressed the myth that Ericsson is behind in 5G technology and rollout. He notes Ericsson’s technology is already live with multiple operators in the US and Korea, and with Swisscom in Europe.

“It’s impossible to be behind in 5G when there is no-one in front of us,” boasts Ekholm.

Ekholm claims the delay in Europe is...

Huawei willing to sign ‘no-spy’ agreements, Trump preps ban of foreign telecoms firms

Huawei says it's willing to sign ‘no-spy’ agreements with governments while Trump prepares an order to ban foreign telecoms firms over security concerns.

During a business conference in London, Huawei chairman Liang Hua said:

"We are willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments, including the UK government, to commit ourselves to making our equipment meet the no-spy, no-backdoors standard.”

The suggestion comes amid growing concern from Huawei that it...

Vodafone 5G gets UK launch date, first to offer European roaming

Vodafone UK has set a date for its 5G network launch in addition to being the first operator to offer roaming in four European countries.

The operator will switch on its 5G network for consumers and businesses on the 3rd July 2019. Initially, it will be available in seven major cities.

Here are the first cities to go live:

  • Bristol

  • Birmingham

  • Cardiff

  • London

  • Glasgow

  • Manchester

  • Liverpool

A further 12 cities are due to go online later this year: Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.

John Delaney, Associate VP of Mobility at IDC, said:

“It is clear that Vodafone is determined to be a leader...

Optus reveals first 50 sites for Ericsson-deployed 5G

Australian telco Optus has revealed a list of the first 50 sites that will be supplied with 5G courtesy of Ericsson.

The operator plans to build 1,200 sites across Australia by March 2020. Optus’ initial sites will be deployed across Sydney and Melbourne.

Kent Wu, Optus’ Head of Network Access Planning & Quality said:

“This is another significant milestone for Optus as we continue with our customer-focused 5G roll-out plan. We are continuing to deliver a more dynamic...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Pompeo: China wants 'to divide Western alliances through bits and bytes’

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has claimed China wants ‘to divide Western alliances through bits and bytes’ amid threat to reduce UK security cooperation if the country allows Huawei in national 5G networks.

Pompeo was on a brief visit to the UK and warned the country not to ‘go wobbly’ over 5G security – paraphrasing what Margaret Thatcher once famously told late US President George H.W. Bush.

“In China, we face a new kind of challenge; an authoritarian regime that’s integrated...

Ericsson report aims to debunk industry myths around value of 5G for consumers

Ericsson’s new ConsumerLab report ‘5G Consumer Potential’ debunks industry myths surrounding the value of 5G for consumers and outlines the opportunities available for communications service providers.

The report highlights the potential of 5G benefitting consumers, uncovering certain realities about them to bust the four common myths, that are: 5G offers consumers no short-term benefits; there are no real...

By Telecoms, 07 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Customer Service, Research.

Vodafone discovered backdoors in Huawei telecoms equipment

Telecoms giant Vodafone has revealed it discovered backdoors in equipment supplied by Chinese vendor Huawei that could have enabled spying.

Acknowledging the discoveries to Bloomberg, Vodafone said the vulnerabilities date back years. The issues have since been patched, but Vodafone claims they remained for some time after Huawei claimed they'd been fixed.

If exploited, the backdoors reportedly would have...

China's UK Ambassador: ‘Global Britain’ should make its own Huawei decision

China's ambassador to the UK has urged the government not to be influenced by allies when making its decision whether or not to ban Huawei from 5G networks.

Beijing’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, called on the government to make its own determination on the issue rather than follow allies like the US and Australia in banning Chinese telecoms equipment from official networks.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Liu wrote:

Opinion: Wi-Fi gets its ‘can you hear me now?’ moment

“Can you hear me now?” “How about now?” We’ve all done it, either while driving through a ‘dead zone’ or walking on or off a lift, ‘stepping’ into the space where the wireless ‘signal’ wasn’t sufficient to hold a conversation. Those same ‘dead zones’ might even exist in your home or office, but they’re getting smaller.

Service providers...

By Lincoln Lavoie, 29 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Research, WiFi, Wireless.

Leak of meeting to decide Huawei’s UK 5G network fate causes fury

Politicians and security agencies have expressed fury over the leak of a sensitive meeting to decide if the UK should allow Huawei in national 5G networks.

Leaked information from a National Security Council (NSC) meeting appeared in the press on Wednesday just a day after it was held. Prime Minister Theresa May was in attendance to discuss if Huawei poses a substantial risk with security chiefs.

Jon Trickett, Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, said:

“This Tory government...

Ookla: Ignore AT&T’s claims, its 5G-E network isn't so impressive

Internet testing company Ookla has criticised AT&T’s boasts about its controversial ‘5G-E’ network.

5G-E is AT&T’s rebranding of its LTE-Advanced network and has been criticised for being misleading. AT&T defends its decision on the grounds that it will form a fundamental part of its 5G network.

Last week, AT&T issued a press release claiming its 5G-E network delivered the “fastest wireless network in the...

By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Denmark gains nationwide IoT LoRaWAN network through dual deal

Teracom, a Denmark-based telecommunication operator along with Loriot, an IoT infrastructure provider have announced the completion of a nationwide IoT LoRaWAN network in Denmark. 

Both firms are taking major steps in order to strengthen their existing partnership that focuses on providing the best possible coverage and service quality within the country. 

Martin Løbel, the CEO of Teracom said: “The interest for IoT solutions and the demand for Internet-of-things connectivity is growing...

By Telecoms, 11 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, IoT, Networks.

Qualcomm and Swisscom bring first commercial 5G services to Europe

Qualcomm Technologies and Swisscom, a Switzerland-based telecommunications provider, along with other well-known device manufacturers like LG, Askey, OPPO and WNC have announced the arrival of 5G services in Europe with the launch of Swisscom’s 5G network. The launch marks the beginning of a quick roll out of 5G networks and Android smartphones in the European region by the end of 2019.

Enrico Salvatori, senior vice...

By Telecoms, 10 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe.

AT&T has 5G live in seven new cities, but no smartphone to access it

US telecoms giant AT&T has switched on its 5G network in seven new cities but there are still no smartphones available which support it.

The seven new cities going live this week are:

  • San Francisco, CA

  • San Jose, CA

  • San Diego, CA

  • Austin, TX

  • Nashville, TN

  • Orlando, FL

However, the operator notes that 5G is currently available in parts of the cities and not blanket coverage.

AT&T now has 5G connectivity live in 19 cities, making it the country's largest deployment so far. However, the lack of supporting devices means that no smartphone can access the network commercially.

A 5G hotspot by Netgear is being sold by AT&T through which users can connect their smartphones over WiFi to...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Amazon plans to launch a 3,236-strong constellation of satellites

Amazon has confirmed plans to launch a constellation of 3,236 satellites for global internet connectivity.

GeekWire first discovered the plans known as ‘Project Kuiper’ which refers to the name of an icy asteroid belt situated between Neptune and Pluto. 3,236 satellites would be deployed across three altitudes of earth's orbit under Amazon's plans.

In an emailed statement, Amazon wrote:

“Project Kuiper is a...

Verizon launches the first US 5G network mere hours after South Korea

Verizon has become the first operator in the US to launch a 5G network but it was beat globally by mere hours in South Korea.

Initially due to launch last month, South Korea's largest operators – SK Telecom and KT – launched their 5G networks in Seoul yesterday.

South Korean operators attributed their delay to a lack of supporting device availability rather than infrastructure. Now users can buy a 5G-enabled Samsung Galaxy S10 handset (starting at around $1,225).

Plans for 5G in South Korea...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.