Liberty Global acquires Swiss operator Sunrise for $7.4 billion

Liberty Global has announced the acquisition of Swiss operator Sunrise Communications.

The telecoms giant acquired Sunrise for 6.8 billion Swiss francs ($7.4 billion) in a deal which will see the operator become a much stronger competitor against Swisscom.

Swisscom currently enjoys around 60 percent of the mobile marketshare in Switzerland.

Interestingly, Sunrise was set to acquire UPC – the largest cable operator in Switzerland – from Liberty Global last...

Experts say the Huawei ban will not put the UK ‘into the digital slow lane’

A poll of experts suggests the Huawei ban will not put the UK "into the digital slow lane," as the company has warned.

The polling was conducted by The Chartered Institute for IT and gathered the opinions of 3,000 professionals.

More than half of the experts surveyed said they do not believe Huawei’s claims that its ban will harm the country's digital prospects and push up bills. Around 20 percent weren't sure.

In contrast, the majority of those surveyed...

FCC greenlights Amazon’s Kuiper 3,236 satellite broadband constellation

The FCC has greenlit Amazon's plans to deploy a constellation of 3,236 broadband satellites into the night sky.

Amazon is calling its project Kuiper (named after the belt in the outer solar system which extends from the orbit of Neptune at 30 AU, to approximately 50 AU from the Sun.)

“We have heard so many stories lately about people who are unable to do their job or complete schoolwork because they don’t have reliable internet at home,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice...

RootMetrics: EE continues its lead in the UK, but Three’s 5G is fastest

RootMetrics by IHS Markit's latest UK report shows no sign of EE losing its overall lead, but Three's 5G potential is beginning to emerge.

EE either took first place, or tied, in all seven of RootMetrics' categories: Overall, reliability, speed, data, accessibility, calls, and text.

The UK's largest mobile operator by subscribers managed to achieve a median download speed of 42.6Mbps across 16 major cities tested. In half of the cities, EE achieved 50Mbps. In Manchester,...

Orange and Google join forces on AI, edge computing

French telecoms giant Orange has partnered with Google to research and deploy technologies such as edge computing.

Both companies are heavyweights within their respective industries. Orange brings expertise in telecommunications, while Google brings its experience in fields like AI to the partnership.

Orange believes that the partnership will help the company to achieve its Engage 2025 plan which aims to drive transformation through widespread use of AI and data to...

AT&T apologises for email about ending support for 3G phones

AT&T has apologised for issuing an email warning customers their 3G phones will stop working.

According to Statista, around 80 percent of connections in North America are now 4G. With the number of 3G connections being ebbed away by 4G and even 5G, it makes sense that AT&T is thinking about when to switch off its legacy network.

Here’s the email sent by AT&T to its 3G customers:

Naturally, the email had customers concerned their phones were...

Deutsche Telekom’s T-Systems becomes a Chainlink node operator for ‘useful’ smart contracts

Deutsche Telekom's business continues its support for blockchain technologies by becoming a node operator for Chainlink, an oracle for smart contracts.

T-Systems is a subsidiary of the German telecoms giant and predominantly focuses on the Internet of Things. The company describes itself as offering integrated solutions "from the secure operation of legacy systems and classical ICT services, the transition to cloud-based services (including international networks, tailored...

French Finance Minister: ‘We won’t ban Huawei from investing in 5G’

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has said the country will not ban Huawei from investing in 5G, in stark contrast to the UK.

Speaking to France Info radio, Le Maire said that sensitive locations would be protected by there would not be a “blanket ban” on Huawei.

The position is similar to the UK’s initial approach when the country permitted Huawei to have a role in national 5G networks back in January. At the time, the UK also attached conditions that Huawei...

142 years of strong connections: How Eastern is changing the Philippines’ telecom ecosystem

Sponsored The telecoms ecosystem in the Philippines is a fascinating one, as the Southeast Asia country looks to capitalise on burgeoning digital infrastructure.

According to a report from BuddeComm earlier this month, the coming years will see most telecom investment in the Philippines focused on supporting fibre infrastructure in urban areas. The report also states that ‘a continuing interest in new data centre builds is expected as well as augmenting existing...

Huawei has been officially banned from the UK’s 5G networks

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has informed MPs of the government’s decision to ban Huawei from the UK’s 5G networks.

The Chinese vendor’s equipment must be removed from Britain’s networks by 2027 but operators are banned from purchasing Huawei’s equipment from 31st December.

"This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and indeed in the long run," Dowden...