FCC greenlights Amazon’s Kuiper 3,236 satellite broadband constellation

The FCC has greenlit Amazon's plans to deploy a constellation of 3,236 broadband satellites into the night sky.

Amazon is calling its project Kuiper (named after the belt in the outer solar system which extends from the orbit of Neptune at 30 AU, to approximately 50 AU from the Sun.)

“We have heard so many stories lately about people who are unable to do their job or complete schoolwork because they don’t have reliable internet at home,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice...

RootMetrics: EE continues its lead in the UK, but Three’s 5G is fastest

RootMetrics by IHS Markit's latest UK report shows no sign of EE losing its overall lead, but Three's 5G potential is beginning to emerge.

EE either took first place, or tied, in all seven of RootMetrics' categories: Overall, reliability, speed, data, accessibility, calls, and text.

The UK's largest mobile operator by subscribers managed to achieve a median download speed of 42.6Mbps across 16 major cities tested. In half of the cities, EE achieved 50Mbps. In Manchester,...

Orange and Google join forces on AI, edge computing

French telecoms giant Orange has partnered with Google to research and deploy technologies such as edge computing.

Both companies are heavyweights within their respective industries. Orange brings expertise in telecommunications, while Google brings its experience in fields like AI to the partnership.

Orange believes that the partnership will help the company to achieve its Engage 2025 plan which aims to drive transformation through widespread use of AI and data to...

AT&T apologises for email about ending support for 3G phones

AT&T has apologised for issuing an email warning customers their 3G phones will stop working.

According to Statista, around 80 percent of connections in North America are now 4G. With the number of 3G connections being ebbed away by 4G and even 5G, it makes sense that AT&T is thinking about when to switch off its legacy network.

Here’s the email sent by AT&T to its 3G customers:

Naturally, the email had customers concerned their phones were...

French Finance Minister: ‘We won’t ban Huawei from investing in 5G’

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has said the country will not ban Huawei from investing in 5G, in stark contrast to the UK.

Speaking to France Info radio, Le Maire said that sensitive locations would be protected by there would not be a “blanket ban” on Huawei.

The position is similar to the UK’s initial approach when the country permitted Huawei to have a role in national 5G networks back in January. At the time, the UK also attached conditions that Huawei...

SpaceX prepares for Starlink beta, images leak of antennas

SpaceX is preparing for a beta of its Starlink satellite broadband service and Reddit users have leaked further details and images.

Some users who subscribed to be kept posted about testing SpaceX’s broadband service received the following email this week:

The email is very clear that Starlink is collecting addresses to begin recruiting testers for its anticipated satellite service. What we don’t yet know is what countries will be involved in initial tests and...

Huawei has been officially banned from the UK’s 5G networks

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has informed MPs of the government’s decision to ban Huawei from the UK’s 5G networks.

The Chinese vendor’s equipment must be removed from Britain’s networks by 2027 but operators are banned from purchasing Huawei’s equipment from 31st December.

"This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and indeed in the long run," Dowden...

The UK wants the ‘Five Eyes’ to fund and procure Huawei alternatives

The UK is turning to its “Five Eyes” partners and beyond to find a replacement to Huawei’s equipment amid increasing security concerns.

Huawei has been cautiously welcomed in the UK’s telecoms networks for decades as relations between London and Beijing have enjoyed a relatively harmonious period. However, with 5G being used for ever more critical applications, Western countries are concerned about the influence foreign powers may have within their...

Ookla: AT&T beats Verizon in 4G speeds, T-Mobile is the 5G leader

The latest report from Ookla finds AT&T beating Verizon in average 4G speeds and T-Mobile blazing ahead in 5G.

Ookla’s 4G “speed score” for AT&T is 41.23 with T-Mobile quite far behind in second place with a score of 33.69. The other two major operators, Sprint and Verizon, are clumped close to T-Mobile with scores of 31.53 and 30.77 respectively.

All the providers now have high 4G availability scores. Sprint and Verizon lead with a joint 99% 4G...

Remember Google Fiber? It’s just expanded for the first time in four years

Google Fiber, part of the Access division of Alphabet, has expanded for the first time in four years.

The broadband project from Google made headlines everywhere when it first launched in 2010 – we wrote a few ourselves – but this is what you get if you search for it today:

Turns out the project is "still a thing," despite few notable announcements in quite some time.

In a blog post today, Google has announced that Fiber has expanded to the city of West...