‘Verified by Twilio’ takes on robocalls with groundbreaking caller ID

Twilio has partnered with leading call ID apps to finally tackle the scourge of robocalls with a groundbreaking new solution called ‘Verified by Twilio’.

During the company’s day two keynote at Signal 2019, Christine Roberts, GM and VP of Super Network at Twilio, gave her personal account with unidentified calls. While it was her own experience, it’s one that many of us relate to.

Roberts showed her phone log filled with red missed calls she chose not to answer. She’s not alone, research shows...

By Ryan Daws, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Innovation, Mobile, Smartphones.

AT&T begins rolling out 5G in New York, with some caveats

AT&T has begun rolling out its 5G network in New York City ahead of rivals, but with some caveats.

The network, which AT&T says sent live on Tuesday, is of the 5G+ variety. 5G+ is AT&T’s moniker for its millimetre-wave network which is superfast but has limited range.

AT&T has said this limited range means its 5G+ network in New York is currently only available in certain locations. The new service will first be available near East Village, Greenwich Village, and Gramercy Park, but will...

By Ryan Daws, 06 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

UK broadband chiefs warn PM Johnson's full-fibre plan unachievable without major changes

UK broadband chiefs have warned that PM Johnson's full-fibre plan is unachievable without major legislative changes.

Full-fibre broadband by 2025 is one of the new prime minister's key pledges, made on the steps of Downing Street in his maiden speech. The new target is eight years earlier than the previous target of 2033 which Johnson called "laughably unambitious".

Johnson's pledge was quickly welcomed by broadband provider Virgin Media which said it was ready to get working with the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Regulation.

T-Mobile and Ericsson conduct the US’ first standalone 5G data session

T-Mobile and Ericsson have conducted the first standalone 5G data session in the United States.

Existing 5G networks are not standalone and require a simultaneous connection to an LTE network. While a non-standalone architecture still offers better speeds and performance than just LTE, a standalone architecture makes sense for some new enterprise 5G services such as smart cities.

T-Mobile used Ericsson’s AIR 6488 radio and Baseband 6630. These products, from Ericsson’s Radio System portfolio, can...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Standards, Wireless.

Sprint and T-Mobile’s $26bn merger wins Department of Justice approval

Sprint and T-Mobile have won approval from the Department of Justice (DoJ) for their $26 billion merger proposal.

“Today marks an incredibly important step forward for the New T-Mobile. We are ready to bring this supercharged Un-carrier to consumers and businesses across the country, and this milestone brings us much closer to making that vision a reality for customers everywhere!” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

Regulators have scrutinised the proposed merger over concerns that a reduction to just...

By Ryan Daws, 29 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Wireless.

Three UK pledges it won’t charge any extra for its ‘true 5G’

UK mobile operator Three has pledged it will not charge any extra for 5G over current 4G plans.

Three UK has a reputation for supporting the heaviest mobile data users. In March, the operator announced the average data usage per customer grew by 22 percent over the prior year from 6.8GB to 8.3GB.

Heavy data users are drawn to Three for its highly competitive pricing for large allowances and even “all-you-can-eat” plans. Rival operator EE charges a significant premium for its 5G contracts....

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Virgin Media chief is enthused by UK PM Johnson’s pledge to speed up gigabit broadband rollout

Virgin Media COO Jeff Dodds has voiced his enthusiasm for UK PM Boris Johnson’s pledge to speed up the rollout of gigabit broadband.

Johnson, who took office on Wednesday, pledged on the steps of Downing Street in his first speech to make full-fibre broadband across the country.

The current government target set by the outgoing administration is for gigabit broadband to be available across the country by 2033. Johnson called the existing target “laughably unambitious” and promised to deliver...

Britain is yet to decide on Huawei’s 5G involvement, but tougher industry controls will be introduced

Britain has said it’s “not yet in a position” to make a final decision on whether Huawei should be involved with 5G networks, but tougher industry-wide security controls will be introduced.

The debate over how much Huawei should be involved in 5G has raged on for years, and even before that to some extent with previous-generation networks. Currently, the UK has Huawei equipment inspected at the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) in Banbury.

Until last year, HCSEC reported it felt...

SoftBank aims for drone-delivered internet and IoT connectivity by 2023

Japanese telecoms giant SoftBank aims to use drones for delivering internet and IoT connectivity by 2023.

SoftBank is teaming up with US drone builder AeroVironment for the project. The pair’s first drone, the HAWK30, is powered by solar energy.

Using the stored power, 10 electric motors will enable the HAWK30 to fly 12 miles (65,000 feet) above sea level – around twice as high as commercial aircraft.

The high altitude helps to provide a steady current for the drone’s operations while also...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Rural, Smart Cities, Wireless.

All aboard! The UK and South Korea partner on 5G public transport experience

The UK and South Korea have announced the winning project of funding to help deliver a new 5G public transport experience.

£2.4 million has been set aside to help support a groundbreaking new project for underground transportation. The UK and South Korean governments are each providing £1.2 million in funding.

Digital Minister Margot James announced the winner today as 5G RailNext.

5G RailNext aims to provide infotainment services across the Seoul Metro system. Technologies such as AR will...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Smart Cities, Wireless.

Virgin Media blocks popular image-sharing website Imgur

UK ISP has blocked popular image-sharing website Imgur over allegations it’s a popular host of child pornography.

Virgin Media customers attempting to visit Imgur are being met with this message:

“Access has been denied by your internet access provider because this page may contain indecent images of children as identified by the Internet Watch Foundation.”

Imgur is known for hosting memes and GIFs, but it seems the Internet Watch Foundation has found it's being...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Operators.

Ex-Homeland Security Chief: US-UK intelligence-sharing will be harmed if Huawei used in 5G

The former head of Homeland Security has issued a stark warning that US intelligence-sharing with the UK will be harmed if Huawei is used in 5G networks.

Governor Tom Ridge is the former US Secretary of Homeland Security and set up the department following the 9/11 terror attacks.

Speaking in London, Ridge said: “Much of the intelligence sharing is electronic and if you are relying on secure telecoms and they’ve got a front door, well I don’t know how many pigeons can fly across the...

FCC controversially relaxes its rules to open mid-band spectrum for 5G

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to relax its rules around who can own spectrum in the 2.5GHz band.

Rules first established in the Kennedy-era required spectrum in the 2.5GHz band to be used for educational purposes. With more spectrum now needed for 5G, the FCC has decided to open up the “underutilised” airwaves.

The FCC voted 3-2 in favour of changing the rules and claims it will help with “closing the digital divide” between rural and more developed areas.

FCC...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum, Wireless.

Report: All of the UK’s operators are using Huawei 5G equipment

A report highlighting that all of the UK’s operators are using Huawei equipment shows just how disruptive a ban would be.

The report, from The Observer, found Huawei is involved in building the 5G stations in six of the seven cities in the UK where Vodafone has launched its latest network. Furthermore, Huawei is building “hundreds of 5G sites for EE” and has already won contracts with Three and O2.

Samsung and Vodafone unveil the first remote-controlled 5G car

Samsung and Vodafone will ‘make history’ this weekend by unveiling the world’s first remote-controlled 5G car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. will remotely drift the car around a track all while using virtual reality to see from the vehicle’s cockpit.

Speaking ahead of the event, Gittin Jr. said:

“Being a professional fun-haver, I’ve built my career on pushing the limits of car control. However, I have never...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2019, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Entertainment, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Vodafone rugby tackled someone 100 miles away to demo 5G

As far as demonstrations of 5G technology go, Vodafone’s is definitely among the most unique.

Vodafone UK launched its 5G network in seven cities yesterday – Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, and London. 

To demonstrate the power of 5G, Vodafone recruited the brute force of professional rugby players from Wasps Rugby.

One Wasps player, Juan De Jongh, was in London and fitted with a Teslasuit which provides full body haptic feedback. A...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

T-Mobile and DoJ reach a ‘rough agreement’ involving Dish to win Sprint merger support

Another hurdle to T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger gaining approval looks set to be overcome as a “rough agreement” is reached with the Department of Justice (DoJ).

Approval from the DoJ was always going to be one of the toughest hurdles to overcome for T-Mobile and Sprint, but it appears like it’s been achieved.

CNBC reports an agreement has been made that T-Mobile’s merger can proceed as long...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Nokia CEO: Huawei crackdown would harm the whole industry

The chief executive of Nokia has warned that increased regulation over Huawei concerns will harm the whole industry.

Rajeev Suri’s comments were aimed towards European governments who are deliberating over whether to allow Huawei in 5G networks – or to what extent.

Speaking to Financial Times, Suri said:

“What you don’t want is a cumbersome process involving more cost in the supply chain. Let’s be careful. No...

Google stops waiting on lazy carriers, starts RCS rollout on Android

Google has stopped waiting for lazy carriers to support RCS (Rich Communication Services) and is now rolling it out for Android smartphones regardless.

The RCS standard promises an iMessage-like experience for all supporting devices, regardless of platform. That means typing notifications, no archaic character limits, group messaging, rich media, location sharing, the works.

Industry body the GSM Association created a universal profile which sets out rules...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones, Standards.

Nokia, Ericsson, and SK Telecom collaborate on 6G research

Rival vendors Nokia and Ericsson are setting aside their differences and collaborating with SK Telecom on 6G research.

The rollout of 5G is just gaining traction but already some are looking at what shape the next generation might take.

"Collaboration between companies like this will be important as the technology and standard for 6G networks is yet to be clearly defined," SK Telecom said.

SK Telecom has established itself as one of the world’s most pioneering operators. While somewhat...

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research, Standards, Wireless.