CityFibre’s full-fibre to deliver over £40B of direct economic benefits

New research suggests that economic benefits worth over £40 billion will be reaped by CityFibre’s full-fibre rollout.

The research – conducted by consultancy firm Hatch – covers a 15-year period and examines the rollout across 285 cities, towns, and villages in England and Scotland.

Boosts to productivity and innovation account for £22 billion of the economic benefits; with poor connectivity no longer posing a barrier.

As more people transition to...

Huawei reportedly halts Russian sales and furloughs staff

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has reportedly halted sales in Russia and furloughed some of its staff in the country.

Following the decisions this week by Ericsson and Nokia to cease operating in Russia, the country was expected to turn to Chinese vendors like Huawei for network equipment.

Huawei has regularly been accused of having close ties with Beijing, a close ally of Moscow. Beijing has refused to condemn the Kremlin not just for its illegal invasion of Ukraine but...

Nokia joins Ericsson in exiting Russia

Nokia has announced it’s exiting Russia just a day after rival Ericsson reported an indefinite suspension of its operations in the country.

“It has been clear for Nokia since the early days of the invasion of Ukraine that continuing our presence in Russia would not be possible,” wrote the company in a statement.

Over the last few weeks, Nokia suspended deliveries to Russia, stopped new business, and began moving its R&D activities out of the country. Today’s...

Ericsson announces ‘indefinite suspension’ of its Russian business

Ericsson has announced an “indefinite suspension” of its business in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The uncovering of further war crimes by Russian forces in areas like Bucha and Irpin has led to additional sanctions from much of the international community. Sweden-based Ericsson says the EU’s increased sanctions played a part in its decision.

In a statement, Ericsson wrote:

“In the light of recent events and of European Union...

FCC announces winners of $313m from Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

The FCC has announced the latest winning bidders of a $313 million pot from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund aims to fund new broadband deployments in areas across the US with limited or no connectivity.

Now in its eighth round, the fund has provided over $5 billion in funding to date for new deployments across 47 states—bringing broadband to over 2.8 million locations.

The winning bidders from the latest round...

DDoS attacks ‘became larger and more complex’ in 2021

Data collected by F5 suggests that Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks became “larger and more complex” last year.

While the prevalence of DDoS attacks decreased slightly over the previous year, the severity of each occurrence “ramped up markedly” in 2021.

By Q4 2021, the mean DDoS attack was in excess of 21Gbps. That’s more than four times larger than the beginning of 2020.

Not only did last year result in a larger overall mean attack size;...

Ookla finds Starlink now averages over 100 Mbps

Research from Ookla finds that Starlink now averages over 100 Mbps in 15 countries.

The results, from Q4 2021, suggests that SpaceX’s satellite system continues to beat median fixed broadband speeds in most locations:

StarlinkFixed BroadbandAustralia141.5551.35Austria131.8450.33Belgium155.1576.94Canada106.6496.39Chile118.95168.92France102.1575.47Germany115.5865.86Ireland123.5165.89Italy124.3949.56Mexico141.9436.56Netherlands138.4095.55New...

European operators want platforms to contribute towards infrastructure

A number of large European operators are calling for content platforms to contribute towards the cost of infrastructure.

In a joint statement, the CEOs of Vodafone, Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, and Orange have expressed their opinion that content platforms should contribute towards building the connectivity infrastructure they rely on.

“The current situation is simply not sustainable. The investment burden must be shared in a more proportionate way,” claim the...

Vodafone opens R&D centre to design its own Open RAN chips

Vodafone has opened Europe’s first dedicated R&D centre to help the operator design its own Open RAN chips.

Open RAN helps to break up the relative monopoly held by a handful of telecoms equipment vendors and provide greater diversity in national infrastructure.

An increasing number of governments and operators are supportive of Open RAN for its benefits of helping to lower costs, prevent vendor lock-in, and lessen the impact of decisions like banning Huawei from...

Singaporean mobile users are enjoying faster speeds over 5G than WiFi

A report from Opensignal finds that Singaporean mobile users are enjoying faster speeds over 5G than WiFi.

The first 5G networks in Singapore went live in H2 2020 after the pandemic had begun. As with most of us around the world, Singaporeans have been spending more time at home using their fibre broadband rather than mobile networks.

On 5G networks, Opensignal’s users from Singapore logged an average speed of 179.6 Mbps. On WiFi, the average speed recorded was 120.9...