COP26: How 5G can help to achieve net zero targets

Ahead of the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow, a report commissioned by Mobile UK highlights the role 5G will play in achieving net zero targets.

Mobile UK is the trade association of the UK’s mobile network operators: EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone. The report, 5G’s Crucial Role in the Race to Combat Climate Change: How 5G will help lay the path to net zero, examines how the operators can play their part in tackling one of the biggest threats to our health, environment,...

Opensignal: T-Mobile maintains 5G lead in the US while AT&T struggles

Opensignal’s latest independent report into the performance of US mobile networks shows a continued lead for T-Mobile in 5G while AT&T struggles.

T-Mobile wins the award for 5G download speed with an average of 118.7 Mbps, more than double Verizon and AT&T which scored 56 Mbps and 51.5 Mbps respectively.

It’s the fourth win in a row for T-Mobile in the 5G download speed category. Even more impressively, the operator extended its lead from 35.2 Mbps in...

BT launches AI-powered security platform Eagle-i

BT has launched a “transformational” security platform called Eagle-i that aims to counter rapidly increasing threats.

Over the past six months, BT has identified an increase in malware traffic of more than 50 percent. Cybercriminals are seeking to take advantage of the global shortage in security professionals and enterprises need solutions to keep pace.

Eagle-i combines AI with BT’s network insights to predict, detect, and neutralise security...

Microsoft stopped a record 2.4 Tbps DDoS from around 70,000 devices

Microsoft swiftly put a stop to a record-breaking 2.4 Tbps DDoS attack that originated from around 70,000 compromised devices.

The DDoS targeted an unnamed Azure customer and would have been 140 percent higher than a 1 Tbps attack Microsoft stopped in 2020.

The latest attack would have even set a new record after surpassing a 2.3 Tbps attack that Amazon Web Services halted in February last year.

In a summary of DDoS attacks last year, Microsoft highlighted...

SVELLA buys out NMCN telco division following its collapse

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Private investor SVELLA has bought out the telecoms, plant, transport, and accommodation divisions of NMCN following its collapse into administration.

SVELLA had been leading the proposed £24 million recapitalisation of the business before the plan fell through.

Since then, it has been working with the appointed administrators Grant Thornton to find the best future for NMCN’s umbrella of businesses and their employees.

SVELLA’s acquisition will allow the...

WBA: 83% of survey respondents plan to deploy WiFi 6/6E by 2022

A cross-industry survey conducted by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has found that 83 percent of respondents plan to deploy Wi-Fi 6/6E before the end of 2022.

The survey includes service providers, equipment manufacturers, and enterprises around the world and highlights the growing demand for WiFi 6.

“Service providers, equipment manufacturers and enterprises worldwide see more value than ever in WiFi,” commented Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of the WBA.

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ETSI launches ISG for 6G-bound Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces technology

Global standards body ETSI has launched an industry specification group (ISG) for Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RIS), a technology that’s expected to play a key 6G role.

RIS is a new type of system node that aims to leverage smart radio surfaces with thousands of small antennas or metamaterial elements to dynamically shape and control radio signals in a goal-oriented manner.

In practical terms, RIS will enable new use cases such as improving elderly care by...

NTT will support remote work for all 320,000 staff as part of ‘new management style’

NTT has announced “a new management style suitable for a decentralized network society" that will see remote work supported for all 320,000 staff.

While many modern startups have embraced the benefits of enabling remote work for quite some time, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the hands of many of the older and more reluctant enterprises to quickly adapt or die.

Fortunately, the telecoms industry’s advancements enabled the world to largely continue moving even during...

Vodafone, Nokia, Cisco, and others conduct first multi-vendor test of new broadband standard

Vodafone, Nokia, Cisco, Benu Networks, and Casa Systems have successfully conducted the first multi-vendor test of a new broadband standard.

The vendors tested a new open architecture for the Broadband Network Gateway (BNG). BNGs are critical for connecting multiple users to the internet but have historically been locked to a single supplier.

Disaggregated BNGs based on the global TR-459 standard from the Broadband Forum will enable the component to work using separate...

Ofcom announces ‘One Touch Switch’ to simplify changing broadband providers

Ofcom has announced a new “One Touch Switch” initiative to simplify the broadband switching process for consumers.

Telecom providers are among the most notorious businesses for bumping out-of-contract prices for consumers. They are especially predatory on older customers who are less likely to seek better deals.

Here’s just one example of a current package that over doubles in price:

Legislation introduced on 15 February 2020 mandates that broadband,...