5G growth remains ‘healthy’ despite pandemic and economic downturn

Research suggests that a pandemic and resulting economic downturn hasn’t severely impacted 5G rollouts.

While 5G rollouts have slowed, they are continuing at a relatively decent pace.

Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas, said:

“The pace of new commercial 5G network launches has remained healthy through the challenging quarter, as mobile network operators continue to build 5G networks for the long-term.”

In Q2 2020, which covers the first...

Analysys Mason: Nokia maintains lead in telecoms software and services

Nokia has maintained its lead in Analysys Mason's annual independent report which ranks telecoms software and services providers.

The Finnish giant beat rivals like Ericsson and Huawei to the number one spot based on strong growth and a portfolio which Analysys Mason says leads in almost all categories.

Larry Goldman, Partner & Head of Networks and Software Research at Analysys Mason, said:

“Nokia is once again the overall leader in telecoms software...

Canadian telcos may need to fight to get Huawei equipment compensation

Canada’s telecoms operators may be in for a fight to get compensation if the government bans Huawei’s equipment.

Ottawa is currently deciding whether to follow its allies such as the UK and Australia in banning Chinese vendor Huawei’s telecoms equipment.

Reuters reports that Ottawa’s government doesn’t appear to be willing to offer compensation if Huawei’s equipment is banned.

“I’m not sure there is a solid legal case that we would have to...

Verizon partners with the NFL to offer live viewing parties and AR replays

Verizon has partnered with the NFL to offer live viewing parties and AR replay features during the season which kicks off today.

Like everything this year, football will be very different courtesy of COVID-19.

The draft was held virtually for the first time. Between August 30th and September 5th, there were 44,510 tests administered to a total of 8,349 players and team personnel. Many teams have even created “bubbles” to prevent COVID-19 ruining their chances at...

Chinese telecoms equipment removal will cost the US around $1.8bn

US telecoms regulator the FCC has estimated the removal of Chinese equipment will result in a fairly substantial bill.

On Friday, the FCC released a report (PDF) which highlighted that operators in the US have already applied for around $1.6 billion in reimbursement funds as part of the Secure and Trusted Communications Network Act of 2019.

However, Congress is yet to approve the much-needed funds to support the predominantly small operators.

Ajit Pai, Chairman...

Three UK awards multi-million backhaul contract to CityFibre

Three UK has awarded a multi-million backhaul contract to CityFibre, the UK's largest alternative provider of fibre infrastructure.

CityFibre has gone from strength-to-strength since it was established in 2012, with network projects ongoing in over 60 cities and plans to reach eight million homes.

The deal with Three will see CityFibre connect an additional 1,300 key mobile masts across 59 towns and cities.

Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre, said:

“We...

FCC tells China Telecom it will share confidential docs with other agencies

The FCC has notified China Telecom that it will share documents the operator issued in confidentiality.

State-owned China Telecom has been authorised to operate in the US since 2001, but has found itself subject to increased scrutiny in recent months.

The US Justice Department and other federal agencies have recommended that the FCC revokes China Telecom's license due to concerns including "inaccurate public representations by China Telecom concerning its cybersecurity...

Ericsson deploys 25,000 base stations in Russia to support Tele2’s 5G rollout

Ericsson has supported Tele2's 5G rollout by deploying 25,000 base stations across Russia.

During MWC 2019, when in-person events were less of a rarity, Ericsson and Tele2 reached a five-year network modernisation deal.

The 25,000 base stations milestone represents the completion of 50 percent of last year's deal, Ericsson claims.

Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Ericsson in Russia, says:

“Our development enables Tele2’s subscribers the opportunity to...

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou wants documents unredacted to prove she was ‘tricked’

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is calling for classified documents to be unredacted to prove there was a plot between Canadian authorities and the FBI to “trick” her.

The classified documents have already been released in a heavily redacted format. During a videoconference, Meng’s lawyers demanded the publication of the complete versions which had been redacted before and after her arrest.

However, in a sworn statement delivered in July, a Canadian foreign ministry...

India is the latest country preparing to ban Huawei from its 5G

India is set to become the latest country to ban Chinese telecoms vendors Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks.

New rules will prevent any bids from countries which India shares a land border with under amended investment rules that cite concerns over national security.

Earlier this year, a brutal clash between Chinese and Indian troops at a decades-old disputed Himalayan border left a trail of fatalities – many soldiers were beaten to death with barbed wire clubs, or...