Vodafone 5G lifts off at Manchester Airport in public trial

Vodafone has launched a 5G service at Manchester airport in a public trial demonstrating the latest generation network's advantages.

Users connect to a portable 5G router Vodafone calls a ‘Gigacube’ located in Manchester’s terminal one. Gigacube makes use of Massive MIMO to enable multiple transmit and receive signals.

Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport, said:

“We are delighted to support Vodafone’s 5G trial at Manchester Airport....

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Russia will unplug from the internet to ensure independence

In the coming months, Russia will unplug from the global internet as part of an experiment to ensure the nation can function without it.

A proposed law called the Digital Economy National Program would require Russian ISPs to ensure they’re able to operate if foreign powers isolate the country.

Organisations which maintain the international DNS system are based around the world, but none are based in Russia. That means, in theory, it would be possible for Russia to be disconnected.

International coalitions such as...

Sprint is suing AT&T for its ‘misleading’ 5G-E branding

While rivals started off by mocking AT&T for its ‘misleading’ 5G-E branding, Sprint is taking it a step further and suing the operator.

Sprint claims it commissioned a survey which found 54 percent of consumers believed the 5G-E networks were the same as, or better than, 5G.

A further 43 percent of respondents believed if they purchase an AT&T device with 5G-E today means it will be 5G compatible. Our savvy readers...

By Ryan Daws, 08 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Democrats investigate T-Mobile execs’ 52 nights at Trump hotel

Congressional Democrats are wanting to know why T-Mobile executives pushing for a Sprint merger approval spent 52 nights in a Trump hotel.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington State issued letters demanding information about the stays and whether the president was aware.

It was previously reported by The Washington Post that T-Mobile executives, including CEO John Legere, had booked in 38 night stays last year at the Trump International Hotel in...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Docomo builds 5G system to stream 8K stereoscopic VR

NTT Docomo has built a 5G-ready system which can stream 8K stereoscopic VR, opening a wide range of possibilities.

While most of us are just getting to grips with 4K, technology is already moving on. 8K is becoming the next big thing (quite literally, in the case of some displays!)

Docomo’s system can stream high-resolution panoramic VR content from any location over 5G.

The solution consists of an 8K 3D camera with 360-degree video recording abilities, a Yamaha-developed spherical 3D microphone with 64...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Verizon halved 5G latency using edge computing

US telecommunications giant Verizon has employed the use of edge computing in a successful bid to slash 5G latency in half.

5G is set to cut latency over its predecessors, meaning reduced time for information to make a roundtrip. This will open a range of possibilities for things such as video games, real-time VR, and even remote surgeries.

Verizon engineers installed Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) equipment and MEC platform software into a network facility closer to the network edge.

Reducing the distance...

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

Nokia appears to be profiting from Huawei 5G bans

Nokia posted earnings on Thursday and the figures indicate bans of Huawei’s 5G equipment has increased demand for alternatives.

Over the fourth quarter, Nokia’s profits reached £652 million ($852 million) from £629 million ($822 million) a year earlier. Sales grew three percent to £6 billion ($7.8 billion).

While the growth is not huge, it’s above analyst predictions. This indicates the bans and uncertainty surrounding Huawei 5G equipment is giving Nokia a boost.

Nokia CEO...

By Ryan Daws, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security.

Optus concedes Huawei ban means 5G launching without best tech

Optus has conceded Australia’s ban on Huawei technology has led to building its 5G network without the best available equipment.

"From a pure technology perspective, Huawei is probably ahead of the other three," said Optus CEO Allen Lew to The Sydney Morning Herald. "But what we've got from the other suppliers will enable us to provide a globally competitive...

Cybersecurity firm exposes Iranian group attacking telcos

Cybersecurity firm FireEye claims to have identified an Iranian hacking group which is attacking telcos around the world.

FireEye exposed the group called ‘APT39’ last month. APT39’s main goal appears to be stealing personal information.

According to FireEye, this goal makes APT39 somewhat unique. Other Iranian hacking groups tracked by the cybersecurity firm are linked to influence operations, disruptive attacks, and other threats.

In a

By Ryan Daws, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Security, Surveillance.

Huawei denies wrongdoing as US slaps it with charges

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has denied any wrongdoing as US prosecutors slap the firm with a host of criminal charges against it.

The charges filed against Huawei include bank fraud, obstruction of justice, and theft of technology.

In a statement, Huawei said it was "disappointed to learn of the charges brought against the company today".

Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei and daughter of the company’s founder, was arrested in Canada last month. It’s alleged Wanzhou aided Huawei in flouting...

Vodafone stops buying Huawei 5G core equipment in Europe

Vodafone has announced it will stop purchasing 5G core equipment from Huawei across its European operations amid potential bans.

Governments around the world are considering bans of Huawei equipment citing national security fears. Much of these appear to be unsubstantiated and based on possibility rather than evidence.

Huawei has a history of providing innovative network equipment for previous generation networks around the world. Some experts believe Chinese telecoms equipment is around a year ahead of...

Iran-linked hackers launch cyberattack during US shutdown

As the US government’s shutdown extends into its 34th day, hackers linked to Iran have taken advantage by launching a cyberattack.

The shutdown over President Donald Trump's $5.6bn (£4bn) budget request for a border wall with Mexico is the longest in US history.

Without a budget passing, many government employees have been left unpaid and told not to come into work. That means critical IT systems are being left vulnerable.

A DNS-hijacking cyberattack has been launched on the US which experts...

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Government, N America, Networks, Security.

AT&T reveals its ‘three pillars’ of 5G for business

AT&T has revealed its 5G roadmap for business which involves three pillars that will bring experiences ‘into the future’.

Here are those pillars:

  • Mobile 5G

  • Fixed Wireless

  • Edge Computing

The operator notes how there are 15 million businesses in America seeking innovations which provide an edge. Up and coming technologies such as AR/VR and AI have the potential to deliver improved business outcomes with the connectivity to back it.

Mo Katibeh, CMO of AT&T Business, said:

“The 5G services we’re rolling out and combining with our advanced network capabilities...

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

SK Broadband is having to double its capacity for Netflix

South Korean fixed broadband operator SK Broadband has said it’s having to double its network capacity to cope with Netflix demand.

In order to cope, the operator will boost its data transfer speed for high-speed networks to 100 Gbps from 50 Gbps. The operator plans to address complaints about Netflix streaming quality by doubling the size of its overseas network.

South Korea is renowned for its fast broadband speeds. Last year, SK Broadband rolled out 2.3 Gbps internet speeds and the nation regularly...

Zimbabwe shuts down internet amid protest crackdown

Zimbabwe has ordered a shutdown of internet services while it violently cracks down on protests over fuel hikes.

Econet, the country's largest mobile operator, is one company reporting it’s been ordered to cut off services.

Access to popular services including WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter has been intermittent since protests began on Monday.

These services are often used to organise protests, as well as report on excessive violence by the government.

Reuters quotes UN human rights spokesperson...

By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Privacy.

Prosecutors investigate Huawei over alleged stealing of trade secrets

Federal prosecutors are investigating Huawei for reportedly stealing trade secrets and misappropriating technology from its US partners.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the investigation is said to be coming to a close and was launched after several civil lawsuits were launched targeting Huawei. An indictment is expected soon.

One US partner Huawei is suspected of...

By Ryan Daws, 17 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security.

Huawei founder holds presser addressing security concerns

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei held a rare press conference to address security concerns surrounding the company.

Zhengfei, who has not held a press conference with foreign media since 2015, decided to make an intervention over Huawei espionage claims.

Critics of Huawei believe the company would provide sensitive data to the Chinese government upon request. Some even say the firm is compelled by Chinese law, something Huawei has always denied exists.

Zhengfei said that his company has “never received any...

T-Mobile says it has 5G in 30 cities just awaiting devices

Telecoms giant T-Mobile has quietly announced it has 5G live in 30 cities and is now just awaiting devices which support it.

Speaking to Light Reading, the operator confirmed the launches after making a promise at the start of last year. At the time, T-Mobile said it would have 30 cities supplied with 5G by the end of 2018.

The company says it’s yet to offer commercial 5G services as no smartphones on the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

British hacker took down Liberia’s whole telecoms network

A 32-year-old hacker from Surrey, England was arrested for a cyber attack which disabled Liberia’s whole telecoms network.

The hacker, Daniel Kaye, admitted to being hired by a senior official at Liberian telco Cellcom to carry out a cyber attack on rival Lonestar.

Mike Hulett, Head of Operations at the National Cyber Crime Unit, said:

“Daniel Kaye was operating as a highly skilled and capable hacker-for-hire. His activities inflicted substantial damage on numerous businesses...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Connectivity, Disruption, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Security.

AT&T CEO: Rivals mocking 5G-E ‘makes me smile’

AT&T is getting a rough time from competitors over its 5G-E, but the company’s CEO says it's putting a smile on his face.

“If I now occupy beachfront real estate in our competitors’ heads, that makes me smile,” said AT&T CEO John Donovan during an appearance on stage at CES this week.

The company stirred up some controversy with its decision to put a ‘5G-E’ indicator on smartphones...

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