Eight 5G solution providers join Ofcom and Digital Catapult-led OpenRAN initiative

Eight 5G solution providers have joined an OpenRAN initiative led by UK telecoms regulator Ofcom and innovation centre Digital Catapult called SONIC.

The vendor-neutral and interoperable equipment OpenRAN delivers is seen as being the solution to disrupting the perceived monopoly held by the large telecoms vendors—helping to drive innovation, improve security, offer flexibility, and reduce deployment costs.

SONIC (SmartRAN Open Network Interoperability Centre) is a...

EE announces major rural 4G coverage expansion plan

BT-owned EE has announced plans to expand its 4G coverage in more than 500 areas this year to boost rural connectivity.

The expansion is part of the government’s Shared Rural Network (SRN) initiative signed by the UK’s four major operators: EE, Vodafone, O2, and Three.

Matt Warman, Minister for Digital Infrastructure, said:

"I'm delighted to see the great strides EE is making to boost 4G services in countryside communities as part of the Shared Rural...

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei hopes for improved US-China relations

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei hopes US-China relations will improve under the Biden administration over the long-term.

“I hope the new US administration will come up with more open policies that are in the interests of US companies and the US economy as a whole,” Zhengfei said during a recent ceremony.

“Trade benefits both sides. Allowing US companies to supply goods to Chinese customers is conducive to their own financial performance. If Huawei's production capacity...

HSBC faces court battle as Huawei seeks to halt CFO’s extradition

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is taking HSBC bank to court in a bid to stop the extradition of its chief financial officer to the US.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada in 2018 at the request of US authorities over claims she committed fraud by misleading HSBC in 2013.

Wanzhou allegedly misled HSBC and used Huawei subsidiaries to flout US sanctions against Iran.

Last year, Wanzhou’s lawyers accused US authorities of deliberately misleading their...

Ofcom revokes GCTN’s broadcast license and rejects transfer over CCP links

Ofcom has revoked the broadcast license of China Global Television Network (CGTN) and rejected its proposed transfer to a new entity over its links to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

CGTN is an English-speaking international satellite news channel and must conform to UK broadcasting laws to operate in the country.

Under British law, broadcast licensees must have full control over the service–-including editorial oversight over the programmes they show. Licensees...

Vodafone, Three, and O2 commit to building 222 masts together

Three of the UK’s four major telcos have committed to building 222 new masts as part of an endeavour to address rural coverage issues.

Vodafone, O2, and Three UK will build and share the new masts to improve rural 4G coverage across all four nations of the United Kingdom.

Nick Jeffery, CEO of Vodafone UK, said:

“We know connectivity is vital and the only way to fill the holes in the UK’s mobile coverage is to work together.

Our unique collaboration...

Ofcom pushes back 5G spectrum auction due to COVID-19

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has pushed back its upcoming 5G spectrum auction due to COVID-19.

The latest spectrum auction was due to be held this month. However, with just a week left until the end of January, Ofcom issued the following statement this morning saying that it would be pushed back:

“Throughout our planning for the auction we have been closely monitoring the coronavirus situation.

Following a pause in the auction process, we are now planning for...

Nokia to provide 5G technology and expertise for US cybersecurity project

Nokia has been selected to lend its 5G technology and expertise to a US federal project led by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE).

The NCCoE is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a collaborative hub where industry organisations, government agencies, and academic institutions work together to address businesses’ most pressing cybersecurity issues.

NCCoE’s latest project explores how the latest generation mobile...

New York Stock Exchange backtracks on plan to delist Chinese telcos

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) no longer plans to comply with a Trump administration order to delist Chinese telecoms groups.

NYSE began proceedings to delist China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom last week after the order signed by President Trump in November.

The order is designed to prevent transactions in securities “designed to provide investment exposure to such securities, of any Communist Chinese military company” by any person in the...

Ericsson CEO continues lobbying Swedish gov to overturn Huawei ban

Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm is continuing to lobby the Swedish government to overturn a ban of Huawei’s equipment.

Ekholm has been vocal in opposing the ban since it was announced in October last year.

Dagens Nyheter reports Ekholm has sent a series of phone messages to Foreign Trade Minister Anna Hallberg calling for her to review the ban order by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS).

Hallberg has said she has not had any contact with the PTS over the...