How to meet global connectivity demands with fiber post-Covid-19

With countries across the globe still in lockdowns, one thing has become abundantly clear- telecom network infrastructure is critical to ensuring societies can function. People are no longer placing value on cars, fancy clothes, exotic trips, or other luxuries, but are prioritising internet connectivity to the home and throughout the house. Without Wi-Fi, working from home, streaming movies, talking to family members, and many other activities are impossible. This has put two technologies...

Opinion: Huawei pledges to help UK achieve gigabit connectivity amid growing scrutiny

Huawei has launched a media blitz in the UK as deterioration in relations between London and Beijing places the company under further scrutiny.

In a letter to the British public, Huawei wrote:

“Keeping in contact with friends, loved ones and colleagues shouldn’t be hard. That’s why we’re making it easier to stay in touch.  

For nearly 20 years, we’ve supplied the UK’s mobile and broadband companies with 3G and 4G. But some now question our role in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

BT replaces Huawei with Ericsson for its 4G and 5G core network

BT is replacing Huawei’s equipment with gear from Ericsson for the company’s 4G and 5G core network.

Following a multi-year security review, the British government ruled in January that it will allow the use of Huawei's equipment. However, the ruling came with strict caveats.

The most notable stipulation is that Huawei's equipment is not allowed in any core network and in no more than 35 percent of their Radio Access Networks. Furthermore, the Chinese vendor's gear...

Ofcom reiterates that 5G is safe following attacks on engineers and mobile towers

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has felt the need to reiterate that 5G is safe following a spate of attacks on engineers and mobile towers.

Conspiracy theorists are spreading claims that the COVID-19 coronavirus is caused by 5G. If you have social media, you've probably come across the posts which have proliferated in part due to endorsements from celebrities like Woody Harrelson and Amanda Holden.

Many of the posts urge people to burn down 5G towers and some have even...

COVID-19: Telcos increase the pay of engineers helping to keep people connected

Various telecoms operators around the world are increasing the salaries of engineers on the frontline helping to keep people connected.

One of the few silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic is an increased appreciation of the people that really keep the world going. The likes of shopworkers and postal workers are often among the lowest paid, but our societies would collapse without them.

Engineers aren’t exactly the lowest paid, but they’re still essential. More...

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...