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...

Twitter admits it was overzealous on ‘5G causes COVID-19’ fact-checking

Twitter stepped up to call out the "5G causes COVID-19" conspiracy theories, but admits it was a bit overzealous in doing so.

Most conspiracy theories are relatively harmless and you can just roll your eyes and scroll on. However, the fear around COVID-19 has led to people taking some truly stupid actions.

If you're immersed in the wonderful world of social media, then you've probably seen the videos of people burning cell towers – many of which aren't even 5G. You can...

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIrIt0R47Z8

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...

Nokia’s new AirScale Cloud RAN solution helps deliver 5G’s promises

Nokia has unveiled a "next-generation" Cloud RAN (Radio Access Network) solution which will help to deliver on 5G's promises.

The Finnish telecoms giant believes that its latest solution will help operators to generate revenue from 5G services, enable "flexible" end-to-end network slicing, and take full advantage of IoT opportunities.

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said:

“The next-generation Nokia 5G AirScale Cloud RAN is a true...

Ex-officials claim cyber attack on Australia was revenge for Huawei ban

Former Australian officials claim a “state-based” cyber attack was launched on the country in revenge for banning Huawei’s telecoms equipment.

Australian PM Scott Morrison announced last week that a suspected state-sponsored cyber attack targeted critical infrastructure and the government.

"We know it is a sophisticated state-based cyber actor because of the scale and nature of the targeting," Morrison said at a press briefing.

Morrison stopped at...

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...

The US will allow its companies to cooperate with Huawei on 5G standards

The US has softened its stance against Huawei to enable American companies to cooperate with the Chinese telecoms giant on 5G standards.

In a press release, the US Commerce Department wrote: "This action is meant to ensure Huawei’s placement on the Entity List in May 2019 does not prevent American companies from contributing to important standards-developing activities despite Huawei’s pervasive participation in standards-development organizations."

While there's...

Orange is set to enter South Africa and Nigeria ‘within months’

Telecoms giant Orange looks set to enter the South African and Nigerian markets "within months" to take advantage of their potential growth opportunities.

Speaking to Les Echos business newspaper, Orange CEO Stephane Richard said:

“It could make sense to be in economies such as Nigeria and South Africa.

If one considers there are things to do, the time frame I am considering is rather a few months than a few years.”

Orange has previously had a...