Featured: Telecoms’ list of innovative companies to watch in 2021

Wherever you are reading this, every country has rightly cheered its frontline healthcare workers over the past year amid the coronavirus pandemic. But just as vital have been another frontline group; those people and companies keeping us connected when we’ve needed it most.

In this feature, Telecoms will be looking at some of the vendors delivering the innovations that are enabling people to work, learn, and live, even in the midst of a global pandemic. In alphabetical...

T-Mobile US blames issues on severe weather in several areas

T-Mobile US blames network issues on severe weather being experienced across the country, especially in Texas.

DownDetector received a large spike in problem reports yesterday which tapered off for a while but picked back up again in recent hours:

The majority (53%) of reported problems related to lack of access to mobile data, followed by difficulties making calls (28%) and no signal (18%) entirely.

In a tweet, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray acknowledged the...

Internet Accessibility Index: Denmark is the most connected nation, Burundi the least

A new ‘Internet Accessibility Index’ ranks Denmark as the most connected nation, Burundi the least.

The index, from BroadbandChoices, looks at a range of factors to determine a nation’s connectivity ranking including download/upload speeds, internet access percentage, affordability, mobile coverage, free WiFi hotspots, and more.

Overall top 10Overall bottom 10Denmark160. AfghanistanLiechtenstein161. TurkmenistanUnited States162. Equatorial GuineaHong Kong163. São...

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...

GWS: AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile achieved 1Gbps+ 5G speeds at Super Bowl LV

Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) has released its latest analysis of how the major US networks handled the Super Bowl.

Network test specialists were on-site with Samsung Note 20 5G devices on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Tests were conducted throughout the day’s festivities, including during the Gameday Fan Plaza before the game.

GWS notes that all the operators were ready for the big day and their investments in coverage and technology in and around the stadium...

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...

Verizon CEO: 5G is ‘the platform that makes other innovations possible’

During the opening keynote of this year’s CES, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg took the opportunity to hype 5G’s potential.

5G is “the platform that makes other innovations possible,” Vestberg said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UtCumF6W0g

Verizon made several announcements, including a collaboration between the company’s subsidiary Skyward and UPS Flight Forward.

The companies are working together on delivery drones which will use 4G at first...

Verizon expands its 5G UWB to cover more homes and phones

Verizon has announced the expansion of its 5G Ultra-Wideband (UWB) network to cover a greater number of homes and phones.

"We create the networks that move the world forward, and our 5G network brings incredible capabilities that will drive us all as we move into the new year," said Ronan Dunne, CEO of Verizon Consumer Group.

"We're committed to providing our customers with access to the newest technologies and experiences that will shape our future."

Customers...

Verizon’s plan to shutter its 3G network is put on hold

Verizon is putting its plan to shutter its legacy 3G network on indefinite hold.

Speaking to Light Reading this week, Verizon spokesperson Kevin King said that the company’s “3G network is operational” and that it doesn’t “have a plan to shut it down at this time.”

Verizon has announced vague plans to shutter its 3G network on several occasions. Naturally, this started in 2012 after Verizon deployed its 4G network.

A few years after the deployment...

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...