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...

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou requests stay of extradition case, lawyers claim US misled Canada

Meng Wanzhou has requested a stay of proceedings in her extradition case while lawyers for the Huawei CFO claim the US misled Canada.

Following Meng's arrest, President Trump said: “If I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security, I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary.”

Meng's lawyers have pointed to Trump's comments as destructing the...

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...

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...

China begins imposing its ‘Great Firewall’ on the citizens of Hong Kong

China’s strict internet censorship is coming to Hong Kong following the passing of a controversial security law.

The so-called Great Firewall of China restricts what internet services and websites citizens can legally access. Google, for example, cannot be easily accessed in China as Beijing cannot control what information citizens can consume in the same way as national alternatives like Baidu.

Hong Kong is supposed to operate under a “one country, two systems”...

UK report suggests US sanctions have increased Huawei security risk

A leaked UK report suggests that US sanctions on Huawei have increased the vendor's security risk, which may lead to an earlier ban.

The UK decided earlier this year to permit Huawei’s equipment in a limited role – a decision which received significant backlash from allies, several MPs, and even human rights groups.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly ordered ministers to create plans to end the use of Huawei’s equipment in national 5G networks entirely by...

The FCC officially designates Huawei and ZTE as national security threats

The FCC has officially designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats in a further escalation of disputes between Washington and Beijing.

Successive US administrations have been wary of Chinese telecoms vendors and advised operators against the use of their equipment, but have never outright designated them a national security threat until now.

In a statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said:

“With today's Orders, and based on the overwhelming weight of...

UK pursues OneWeb stake ahead of expected ‘Five Eyes’ Galileo rival

The UK is pursuing a stake in satellite firm OneWeb as it begins establishing partners for an expected "Five Eyes" rival to the EU’s Galileo system.

OneWeb is a startup that's been building low-orbit satellites for internet connectivity. While much of the attention has been on SpaceX’s impressive Starlink system, OneWeb has flown largely under-the-radar.

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Despite the vast potential of OneWeb, it has found out first-hand...

T-Mobile wants to adjust Sprint merger terms like jobs promises, 5G speeds

T-Mobile is seeking to adjust some of the agreements it made in return for the authorisation of its Sprint merger.

The "uncarrier" has asked California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to ease three conditions in particular. 

One of the key arguments made by T-Mobile in favour of its merger was that it would create jobs. Former CEO John Legere even said in a blog post last year that a combined T-Mobile/Sprint would employ 11,000 more workers by 2024 than what the...