Head of UK spy agency believes 5G increases cyber terror threat

The head of UK spy agency GCHQ has warned 5G will increase threats of digital terrorism due to its expected use in critical infrastructure.

Jeremy Fleming, Head of UK spy agency GCHQ, wrote in the Sunday Times to raise his concerns about the next generation of mobile networks.

5G is expected to expand beyond its current primary use for mobile broadband to connect...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Security, Surveillance.

Nokia and Ericsson have links to China's Communist Party

While some believe Huawei poses a national security threat, some of its rival companies’ links to the Chinese Communist Party are ignored.

As the debate over whether Huawei should be banned from Australia’s 5G network rollout continues, the company has reportedly asked senior government officials whether the same security concerns apply to its Scandinavian rivals Nokia and Ericsson.

Nokia and Ericsson have existing contracts with the Australian government and both are expected to participate in...

By Ryan Daws, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Ericsson boosts its US investment to accelerate 5G deployments

Ericsson has pledged to boost its US investment to support the acceleration of 5G network deployments across the country.

Investments from Ericsson will all into two categories: 1) increase research and development work done close to customers in the US, and 2) increase flexibility to shorten the timeline for new product introduction and product delivery to customers.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson, says:

“The United States is our largest market, accounting for a...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Vodafone launches Ireland’s first dedicated IoT SIM cards

Vodafone has become the first operator in Ireland to offer dedicated IoT (Internet of Things) SIM cards under its ‘V-SIM’ initiative.

Any consumer IoT products sold by Vodafone will now ship as standard with a V-SIM by Vodafone card.

The operator’s counterpart app provides the user with an overview of all Vodafone IoT products registered under their account.

New devices can easily be registered by scanning a QR code with the app, offering a seamless and uncomplicated way for consumers to get...

By Ryan Daws, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Operators.

Indian telcos asked to enable social app blocks following attacks

The Indian government has asked telcos in the country to enable the blocking of social apps following a spate of vigilante attacks.

Apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook have been used to spread misinformation about individuals leading to lynchings and beatings.

In a letter seen by Reuters, the government wrote:

“You are ... requested to explore various possible options and confirm how...

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Government, India, Mobile, Regulation.

Deloitte: ‘Near impossible’ for the US to catch up with China on 5G

Analysts from Deloitte have determined it would be ‘near impossible’ for the US to catch up with China in 5G due to a significant investment gap.

Deloitte determined that China outspent the United States by $24 billion since 2015 and has over ten times more sites ready to support 5G. Furthermore, in the first three months of 2017 alone, China added more 5G sites than the US in the last three years.

"China and other countries may be creating a 5G tsunami, making it near impossible to catch...

VeChain is officially a ‘5G Partner’ of Japan’s largest telecoms company

Blockchain platform VeChain has been selected to be among the first batch of partners for NTT Docomo’s 5G Open Partner Program.

NTT Docomo is Japan’s largest telecoms company with over 76 million subscribers. The firm’s recent launch of the 5G Open Partner Program is aimed towards fostering the industrial use of the latest generation of mobile networks by 2020.

Blockchain technology is set to have an impact on many industries. VeChain started by focusing on a sector that’s ripe for...

By Ryan Daws, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, Networks, Operators.

Moto Z3 is the world's first smartphone to support 5G – kind of

With relatively little fanfare, the world’s first smartphone that will technically support 5G networks has been announced.

Smartphone manufacturers bragged of their intentions to be first, industry fans placed their bets on who actually will be… all while Motorola quietly announced the Z3 with 5G support.

To be clear, the support will be added using the Z-series’ infamous Moto Mods.

Moto Mods have often been called a gimmick, but as we near the...

By Ryan Daws, 03 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

Three picks Huawei over existing 4G partners for its 5G network

Hutchison-owned Three has decided against its existing 3G/4G network partners in favour of Huawei for its future 5G rollout.

Three uses equipment from Nokia for its 3G network, and Samsung for 4G. The operator decided to once again switch things up for its 5G rollout over the belief Huawei’s technology is far more attractive.

Many rival operators around the world often choose to stick with the one vendor to ease the upgrade process and keep costs down. Ericsson is one vendor which has gone on record to...

By Ryan Daws, 03 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Security.

China is going to set the pace for 5G network deployments

Many observers predicted China to be a leader in 5G, but an updated forecast shows an unprecedented deployment pace increase.

Analysts from Mobile Experts have released accurate 5G predictions over the past four years. Strong reports from China have caused the firm to dramatically revise their latest forecast.

The company predicts 5G will spread across most of the world at a steady pace over several years. China, however, will be a lot more aggressive.

Joe Madden, Principal Analyst for Mobile Experts,...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

First-gen 5G smartphones will be chunky and guzzle power

Reports of Huawei choosing a supplier for large heat dissipation sheets all but confirms the first wave of 5G smartphones will be chunky and guzzle power.

Huawei wants to be among the first to launch a 5G smartphone and plans to do so in less than a year. Industry rumours put the release around June 2019.

The company is said to have decided on Taiwan-based Auras Technology for its cooling modules. While refraining from commenting directly on the rumours, Auras Chairman YS Lin said that smartphone...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

Sky Mobile secures rights to use O2’s 5G network early

Sky Mobile has extended is MVNO agreement with Telefonica to ensure it has access to O2's 5G network when it’s ready to go live.

The mobile subsidiary of Sky’s business launched in 2016 and has seen explosive growth since in part due to its bundles with other services. Few companies are in a position to offer attractive quad-play bundles of broadband, landline, TV, and mobile services.

While research shows the consumer appetite for quad-play bundles, the lure of 5G services may tempt customers...

By Ryan Daws, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, MVNO, Networks, Operators.

Spain raises €437 million after four days of its 5G auction

The Spanish government has raised €437 million ($510 million) after several days of its 5G spectrum auction involving four operators.

Spain was auctioning off spectrum in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz range suitable for launching 5G connectivity. A minimum of €100 million was set for the auction so final bids amounted to over quadruple.

Bids were made over a total of thirty-four rounds across four days.

The first four rounds had a minimum activity level of 60 percent. The next nineteen required 80 percent...

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Sensoneo is ready to use America’s first NB-IoT network for smart waste

Smart waste solutions provider Sensoneo has confirmed it’s ready to be among the first to use America’s first nationwide NB-IoT network.

Sensoneo has been testing its smart waste fill-level sensors in several locations across the USA in past weeks to ensure its devices are fully prepared for when T-Mobile’s nationwide NB-IoT network goes live.

Lubas Tuma, CEO of Sensoneo, comments:

“We are happy to see the launch of the narrowband IoT network by T-Mobile. It is a...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, N America, Networks, Smart Cities.

Homeland Security says Russian hackers compromised US utilities

According to Homeland Security officials, state-sponsored Russian hackers compromised US utility networks in a campaign affecting ‘hundreds’ of victims.

The Wall Street Journal cites officials from the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) claiming that hackers reached the point they ‘could have thrown switches’ to cause significant disruption.

Officials linked the...

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Infrastructure, Networks, Security.

UK telecoms infrastructure review plots ‘world-class’ connectivity

The UK government has today released its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review in which it plots a course for what it calls ‘world-class’ connectivity.

Starting with broadband progress over the past few years, the report notes the government met its target in December last year to deliver superfast broadband (currently defined as over 24Mbps) to 95 percent of the UK.

In addition, the government has passed legislation to create a new ‘Universal Service Obligation’ giving every household and...

Huawei oversight board warns of ‘new risks’ to UK infrastructure

An oversight board set up in the UK to monitor the use of Huawei’s equipment in critical telecoms infrastructure has identified ‘new risks’ to security.

While countries like the US and Australia have taken hardline stances against the use of Chinese telecoms equipment from the likes of Huawei in critical infrastructure, the UK has been more accommodating.

Chinese telecoms equipment...

Ofcom: Streaming app subscribers overtake broadcast TV

According to a report from UK telecoms regulator Ofcom, the number of streaming app subscribers has overtaken broadcast TV for the first time.

Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and NOW TV are becoming ever more attractive due to their growing libraries, exclusive content, on-demand access, and little-to-no adverts.

Indeed, the report notes access to original and exclusive content is the primary reason for signing up for on-demand services. An increasing number of respondents also claim they signed up as it...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Entertainment, OTT Services.

ZTE ban reversal in the U.S. causes stock to surge upwards

Investors are ready to bet on ZTE once again following a surge in the company’s shares after the reversal of its ban from the US market.

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE has faced a tough few months. The company was banned from the US market with the administration citing the company violated export restrictions to North Korea and Iran.

Following the ban, ZTE was forced to suspend its operations which the company estimates cost it $3 billion. The...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks.

Report: Blockchain could boost telecoms by $1bn in five years

Blockchain will impact almost every area of our lives in the coming years, and the telecoms industry will be among the largest beneficiaries.

According to a report by Markets and Markets, the blockchain in telecom market size is expected to grow from $46.6 million in 2018 to $993.8 million by 2023 – at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 84.4 percent during the forecast period.

Blockchains primarily offer...

By Ryan Daws, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Innovation, Research.