T-Mobile explains massive outage as FCC chairman Ajit Pai expresses anger

T-Mobile has offered an explanation for an outage this week which affected millions of customers and caught the attention of FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

On Monday, T-Mobile’s voice and text services went down for over twelve hours. The outage occurred alongside an unusual spate of downtime reports which led some to speculate that the US had suffered a major DDoS attack.

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince explained why such an attack was...

T-Mobile will no longer sponsor Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show following racist comments

T-Mobile has said it will no longer sponsor a Fox News show presented by Tucker Carlson following his racist comments.

On Monday night, Carlson said: “This may be a lot of things this moment we are living through, but it is definitely not about black lives. Remember that when they come for you, and – at this rate – they will."

T-Mobile received a lot of angry messages about ever sponsoring Carlson’s show.

Here’s one response Sievert tweeted to an...

Nokia: Video is still the 5G ‘killer app’ for both consumers and enterprises

Research from Nokia suggests that improved video capabilities is still 5G's killer application for both consumers and enterprises.

We’re currently in the middle of a global pandemic and more people than ever are working from home and communicating with their loved ones remotely. Video calls have been vital for many during this period despite them often suffering from poor performance.

According to Nokia’s latest polling, 90 percent of consumers said that...

AT&T is ditching its controversial 5G-E branding

AT&T has announced that it is ditching its controversial 5G-E branding following claims that it's misleading.

One morning, some AT&T customers woke up to find a "5G-E" icon in their status bar. Many probably fist-pumped the air in the belief that they've been upgraded for free to this latest generation mobile network people have been talking about.

In reality, 5G-E is a LTE network. AT&T argued that it wasn't misleading as the "E" stands for "Evolution" and...

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...

Facebook invests $5.7 billion in Indian telco Reliance Jio

Facebook has invested a rather substantial sum in Indian telecoms giant Reliance Jio.

Earlier this year, Reliance Jio overtook Vodafone Idea to become the largest operator by userbase in India.

With its over 1.3 billion population, the Indian market offers huge growth potential; especially for a company like Facebook.

In a Facebook post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote:

"Facebook is teaming up with Jio Platforms -- we're making a financial investment, and...

Speedtest: Networks in North America and Europe are handling remote working demand

Speedtest by Ookla has updated its report analysing the impact remote working is having on global networks.

Telecoms covered the initial release of Speedtest’s report towards the end of last month. At the time, a slight decrease in mean fixed and mobile broadband performance was observed across North American and European countries between March 16th-22nd.

Speedtest has now updated its statistics to account for the following week.

Fixed broadband...

British internet providers commit to measures helping people isolate

Internet providers in the UK have agreed to a package of measures designed to help people isolate.

The British government struck a deal with BT/EE, Openreach, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, Three, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, and KCOM.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “It’s fantastic to see mobile and broadband providers pulling together to do their bit for the national effort by helping customers, particularly the most vulnerable, who may be...

Speedtest: Coronavirus is slowing internet speeds across the US and Europe

Ookla Speedtest is reporting a noticeable degradation of internet speeds in the US and Europe amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The drop in speeds has been most noticeable over the past week as more countries increase their lockdown measures, including the UK’s announcement yesterday.

Broadband speeds

In the US, the mean broadband speed dropped from around 140Mbps starting the week of March 9th, to around 133Mbps in the week beginning March 16th.

Canada also suffered...

EU asks Netflix to lower its quality as people isolate from coronavirus

The EU has asked Netflix to lower its video quality as more people use the service to bring some joy during their coronavirus lockdowns.

Netflix typically accounts for around 13 percent of global internet traffic and has required an increasing amount of bandwidth as the streaming giant releases an increasing library of 4K and HDR content.

Over concerns that an expected surge in Netflix traffic may cause networks to grind to a halt during a time they’re needed most, the EU...