All three of Canada’s major carriers shun Huawei’s 5G equipment

Canada’s major carriers have shunned Huawei’s 5G equipment in favour of Western alternatives.

Bell Mobility confirmed on Tuesday that it will use Ericsson’s telecoms gear for its 5G network. The carrier also said back in February that it will use equipment from Finnish rival Nokia.

The other two major Canadian carriers, Telus Mobility and Rogers Wireless, have also opted to avoid Huawei’s 5G equipment.

In a matter of hours after Bell announced its...

The UK now looks set to exile Huawei from its 5G networks

The UK government looks set to reverse its previous decision to allow Huawei in its national 5G networks.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told officials to create plans to eliminate the use of Huawei's equipment in national 5G networks by 2023.

An emergency review announced on Sunday will see the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the UK evaluate whether additional US sanctions against Huawei will make it difficult to use the Chinese vendor’s...

T-Mobile’s free 5G service for emergency responders goes live

T-Mobile has launched its “Connecting Heroes” initiative which gives free 5G connectivity to emergency responders.

Yesterday, the company teased a new “Un-carrier” announcement would be made today. Now we know what it is.

Connecting Heroes was first announced last year as part of T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint. T-Mobile pledged to give emergency responders 10 years of free wireless service.

Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile, says:

“When we’re...

UK gov faces human rights lawsuit for granting Huawei 5G role

The UK government is facing a lawsuit from human rights activists following the decision to grant Huawei a role in 5G networks.

Lawyers representing two Uyghur activists will send a letter warning the British government of court action if it presses on with the plan to grant the Chinese telecoms giant a role – claiming it breaks UK human rights and EU procurement rules.

The activists campaign against Beijing’s treatment of Muslim minorities, predominantly in the...

Trump extends Huawei ban order until at least May 2021

President Trump has extended an executive order banning Huawei’s telecoms equipment until at least May 2021.

The executive order, first issued last year, bans US companies from using Huawei’s equipment over alleged security risks.

While the renewed order does not specifically name any company, US lawmakers have repeatedly shared their concerns that Chinese telecoms vendors like Huawei and ZTE are controlled by Beijing and pose a national security threat – an...

O2 and Virgin Media confirm historic £31 billion merger

The rumours proved to be true: O2 and Virgin Media have confirmed their intention to merge in a £31 billion deal.

Telefonica and Liberty Global, owners of O2 and Virgin Media respectively, have put out a joint statement today confirming the 50-50 joint venture which “brings together Virgin Media, the UK’s fastest broadband network, and O2, the country’s largest mobile platform.”

Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete, CEO of Telefonica, said: “Combining O2’s number one...

Huawei and China Mobile bring 5G connectivity to Everest’s summit

Huawei and China Mobile have partnered up to bring 5G connectivity to the summit of the world’s highest mountain.

The partners set up a 5G base station 6,500 metres above ground which provides access to China Mobile’s dual-gigabit network. Other base stations were built at the Base Camp (5,300 metres) and the Transition Camp (5,800 metres).

A dozen specialists will be stationed at all times across the three camps to ensure the network operates...

Cybersecurity expert warns MPs that delaying 5G will harm Britain

A cybersecurity expert has warned that delaying the 5G rollout due to concerns about Chinese vendors poses a greater threat to Britain.

Emily Taylor, CEO of Oxford Information Labs, told a sub-committee examining the security of the UK’s 5G network:

“The risk to the country is, if we decide we are so unhappy with the idea of a high risk vendor being in our infrastructure – despite the fact that vendor has been in our infrastructure for the past 15 years – we are...

Twitter updates its rules to counter 5G COVID-19 misinformation

Twitter has updated its rules to counter the spread of misinformation about 5G causing COVID-19 which has led to burnt towers and the abuse of engineers.

On Wednesday, Twitter updated their policy to ban the following:

"Unverified claims that incite people to action, could lead to the destruction or damage of critical infrastructure, or could lead to widespread panic, social unrest, or large-scale disorder, such as “The National Guard just announced that no more...

Samsung achieves 8.5Gbps speeds in new 5G mmWave test

Samsung Electronics has said that it has achieved speeds of 8.5Gbps across multiple devices with 5G mmWave technology, a claimed industry fastest.

The lab demonstration combined 800 MHz of mmWave spectrum with MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, multiple output) technology, running on Samsung's 5G mmWave access unit.

Through two test mobile devices, the demonstration saw approximately 4.3Gbps speeds on each, meaning a combined peak speed of 8.5Gbps across both...