Remember Google Fiber? It’s just expanded for the first time in four years

Google Fiber, part of the Access division of Alphabet, has expanded for the first time in four years.

The broadband project from Google made headlines everywhere when it first launched in 2010 – we wrote a few ourselves – but this is what you get if you search for it today:

Turns out the project is "still a thing," despite few notable announcements in quite some time.

In a blog post today, Google has announced that Fiber has expanded to the city of West...

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...

T-Mobile switches off Sprint’s 5G network following $26.5 billion merger

T-Mobile is switching off Sprint’s legacy 5G network following the merger of the companies which finally closed on April 1st.

Sprint’s 5G, which uses 2.5GHz mid-band spectrum, has been taken offline while T-Mobile works to re-deploy it across its own network.

Most existing Sprint customers won’t be able to use their current devices going forward to access 5G, with Galaxy S20 users being the exception. T-Mobile is offering credits for affected customers to lease a...

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...

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...

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...

FCC commissioners chime in on Trump’s order to censor social networks

FCC commissioners have given opposing takes on Trump’s executive order which aims to prevent social networks from fact-checking.

President Trump signed an executive order this week to change Section 230, a federal law that protects tech companies, to regulate social media platforms after his tweet was fact-checked.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that mail-in ballots would be "substantially fraudulent," which has no factual basis. Twitter decided to warn users that the...

Huawei CFO steps closer to US extradition as court rules ‘double criminality’ requirement met

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was dealt a blow on Wednesday as a Canadian court ruled to proceed with a US extradition case.

Ms Meng is accused by the US of using Huawei subsidiaries to violate sanctions against Iran. Canadian authorities detained her at Vancouver International Airport on December 1st, 2018.

The Huawei CFO is the daughter of the Chinese telecoms giant’s founder Ren Zhengfei and has been described as “irreplaceable” by company executives.

Ms...