SK Telecom conducted the first live TV broadcast over 5G

SK Telecom has achieved yet another historic first after conducting a live TV broadcast over a commercial 5G network.

The largest mobile network in South Korea broadcasted the country’s new year celebrations. In addition to a countdown, interviews were conducted at the historic Bosingak bell pavilion.

Bosingak was first used during the Joseon Dynasty in 1619 to mark the opening of the gates to start each day, and the subsequent closing at the end. It’s an important part of South Korean history and...

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadcast, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Early test results of AT&T’s 5G network are underwhelming

Early speed tests of 5G should be taken with a grain of salt, but those of AT&T’s network appear underwhelming compared to 4G.

AT&T’s 5G network is live in 12 cities. Without supporting handsets the only way to access the network is via a hotspot.

The network’s first consumer mobile 5G device is the Netgear Nighthawk hotspot. There’s a distinct lack of evidence many are using it going by the relative quiet on forums and social networks.

One

By Ryan Daws, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Huawei Canada exec says 5G espionage would make no sense

An executive for Huawei Canada says allegations it would conduct espionage makes no sense as the distrust caused would be terminal for its business.

Some believe Huawei is compelled by law to conduct espionage if asked by the Chinese government. The company has always denied such a law exists.

China is said to be ahead of Russia as the 'biggest state sponsor of cyber-attacks on the West'. Naturally,...

By Ryan Daws, 21 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

SpaceX hopes to raise $500m for its satellite broadband network

SpaceX is seeking to raise $500 million from investors for its expansive satellite broadband network.

The funds will be raised in a funding round that would value the company at $30.5 billion. According to The Wall Street Journal, SpaceX has agreed shareholders will pay $186 per share for new stock.

SpaceX is yet to receive the money, but it’s expected the deal could be announced by the end of December.

Earlier this year, SpaceX was permitted to launch 4,425 low-orbit satellites for its global broadband ambitions....

By Ryan Daws, 19 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Satellite.

Expert claims Chinese vendors need Western tech for 5G gear

A network security expert has claimed Chinese telecoms vendors are reliant on Western technology for building 5G equipment.

James Lewis, Senior Network Security Researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, made the claim in a new report about 5G and the risks posed by Chinese vendors.

Lewis said companies such as Huawei and ZTE “can’t make products without U.S. technology”. However, the same problem...

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

Germany raises Huawei’s hopes in Europe saying no evidence it spies

Huawei’s fortunes in Europe have improved after Germany’s cyber watchdog says there’s no evidence the company spies on customers.

“For such serious decisions like a ban, you need proof,” head of Germany's Federal Office for Information Security Arne Schoenbohm told Spiegel.

Security concerns surrounding Huawei have been renewed ahead of 5G network rollouts. The US, in particular, has been

Ofcom ensures consumers get top broadband deal

After finding around half of UK homes are on a poor broadband deal, regulator Ofcom has announced plans to boost consumer awareness.

Superfast broadband (defined as 24Mbps+) availability has reached 94 percent of premises, but there’s been less than half uptake.

Ofcom’s investigations have found consumers are often able to receive greatly improved broadband for just slightly more cost per month, or sometimes even less than what they’re currently paying.

The regulator has announced several measures to...

By Ryan Daws, 14 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

O2 seeks millions in damages from Ericsson following outage

Telefónica-owned carrier O2 will seek damages from Ericsson over a software problem which caused telecoms outages in 11 countries.

Affected operators have taken on the complaints and reputation damage from customers. O2 is reportedly seeking ‘millions’ in compensation from Ericsson.

SoftBank, a Japanese telco, was also impacted by the glitch. In a press release, the operator explained the problem:

“The...

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Huawei will change its practices to appease UK security officials

A meeting between Huawei executives and UK security officials has led to an agreement the Chinese vendor will change its practices.

Huawei will pen a formal letter to the National Cyber Security Centre which covers the agreement in detail. The letter will include what measures will be taken in order to alleviate concerns.

The meeting was set up to avoid a ban of the vendor’s telecoms equipment in the UK similar to the US and Australia. Countries including

By Ryan Daws, 07 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Security, Surveillance.

SK Telecom makes first 5G video call using a Samsung phone

Korean telecoms giant SK Telecom has become the world’s first network to make a commercial 5G video call using a Samsung phone.

SK Telecom carries weight as the largest telecoms network in Korea. The call marks a landmark moment in the country’s journey to 5G.

A prototype Samsung 5G phone was used for the video call conducted by SK Telecom’s CEO Park Jung-ho to a staff manager based in Seoul. Jung-ho noted increased clarity in comparison to a video call made over LTE.

Samsung intends to...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

China will dominate the US in gigabit broadband race

New research has found the US will be dominated by China in the gigabit broadband race, even falling slightly behind Europe.

A report from Rethink Technology predicts 57 percent of gigabit connections by 2023 will be in China, or 68 percent when accounting for Asia as a whole.

Europe will take second place with 18 percent. North America will take an 11 percent share, while Latin America will fall behind...

Why digital transformation investment will hit almost $2 trillion – and the drivers of it

Across the globe, savvy CIOs and CTOs are deploying a wide variety of new technologies to enable their digital strategies. A hybrid IT infrastructure is the norm, where on-premises systems coexist with public cloud service offerings. Together, these ICT platforms create the foundation for an evolving suite of software applications and associated digital business processes.

Worldwide spending on the technologies and services that enable the digital transformation (DX) of business practices, products, and...

By David H. Deans, 23 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

FCC puts rural broadband and texting regulation on Thanksgiving menu – but not everyone is happy

While many will today be tucking into turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce – with room for some pumpkin pie afterwards – the FCC has put together a Thanksgiving menu of its own.

Among FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s plans for the rest of 2018 and onward include commitments to improving rural broadband speeds and altering text messaging regulations.

The most...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, N America, Operators.

FCC permits SpaceX to launch additional 7,518 broadband satellites

SpaceX has been granted approval by the Federal Communications Commission to launch a further 7,518 broadband satellites.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said today:

"From providing high-speed broadband services in remote areas to offering global connectivity to the Internet of Things through 'routers in space' for data backhaul, I'm excited to see what services these proposed constellations have to offer.

Our approach to these applications reflects this...

Italy wants to establish a single broadband provider

Italian Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday the government is looking at establishing a single national broadband provider.

Di Maio, who leads the anti-establishment Five Star Movement party, made the revelation in an interview with la7 television.

“We are working to set the conditions in order to create a single player to distribute internet and broadband,” Di Maio said.

Reducing market competition is typically associated with higher consumer prices.

Di Maio didn’t elaborate further on...

By Ryan Daws, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, OpenFlow.

Three invests £2bn in 5G claiming users can ditch fixed broadband

UK operator Three has announced plans to invest £2 billion into 5G claiming it will be so reliable users can ditch their fixed broadband.

Three has amassed the UK’s largest 5G spectrum portfolio along with new radio equipment to support the new generation network. In addition, the company has linked together 20 data centres via dark-fibre to support high capacities.

“This is a major investment into the UK’s digital infrastructure,” says Dave Dyson, Three UK CEO. “UK...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, N America, Operators.

Australian ISPs deliver 102% of their advertised speeds

According to a report, Australian ISPs are under-promising and over-delivering with speeds 102 percent of what they’re advertising.

The report from the Communications Alliance shows an increase to 102 percent in delivered speeds from 99 percent in the previous quarter.

Under-promising and over-delivering leads to more customer loyalty than not meeting expectations.

John Stanton, Communications Alliance CEO, said:

“The service providers achieved an average of 102.28% of their...

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Chinese officials lobby Australia to reverse Huawei 5G ban

Chinese government officials are lobbying their Australian counterparts to reverse the ban of Huawei’s equipment in national 5G networks.

A ban of the equipment was implemented by ex-Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, who was ousted earlier this year. Chinese officials have praised his replacement, Scott Morrison, for a more “positive attitude” towards China.

Beijing is hoping to capitalise on this more positive attitude in order to get the ban on Chinese telecoms equipment reversed.

During...

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

Musk fired SpaceX execs over lack of satellite broadband progress

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk fired several executives after being unimpressed with the lack of progress made in developing and testing broadband satellites.

According to Reuters, at least seven managers at the company were axed within hours of Musk landing on a trip to visit engineers leading the Starlink project.

Musk was reportedly unhappy with the pace of developments and believed a management shakeup was needed to keep the project on track.

Reuters

By Ryan Daws, 01 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Developing Countries, Infrastructure, Rural, Satellite.

Aussie Spy Chief: Some 5G suppliers must be excluded due to risk

Australia’s spy chief has offered some deeper insight on why some companies are banned from participating in the nation's 5G networks.

The crux of it is the long-standing concerns that some companies, particularly those originating from China, are controlled by their nation’s government. One company which has often faced (and denied) these allegations is Huawei.

Huawei has bore the brunt of the security concerns as China’s largest telecoms vendor. The narrative has been led by the US...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Security.