The first 5G spec is officially complete

The organisation which governs cellular standards, the 3GPP, has officially signed off the first 5G specification.

Here on Telecoms we’ve covered many pre-5G trials, but it now won’t be long before we can start reporting on the real deal.

Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President at Qualcomm Technologies, said:

“We are excited to be part of this significant milestone, and to once again be at the forefront making the 5G vision a...

NSA: North Korea conducted the WannaCry cyber attack

While previously believed, the National Security Agency (NSA) now states it has sufficient evidence to declare North Korea as responsible for the devastating WannaCry cyber attack.

The cyber attack used ransomware to lock many users around the world out of their computers. While unlikely to be intentionally targeted, this included critical systems vital to the running of the UK’s health service.

In fact, experts believe the ransomware was intended to go under the radar...

Futurist predicts WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025

A futurist has gone on record alongside the CEO of Purple to make the bold prediction that WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025.

Digital Futurist Mike Ryan and Purple CEO Gavin Wheeldon believe that mobile networks will fail to hold up under increasing data consumption driven by 5G and unlimited plans.

"Mobile networks rely on being able to offload data onto WiFi," says Wheeldon, "More traffic was offloaded from cellular networks on to WiFi than remained on...

Lord Adonis: Dear Ofcom, fix ‘deplorable’ mobile coverage

The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, Lord Adonis, has written a letter to the head of Ofcom calling for the telecoms regulator to fix ‘deplorable’ mobile phone coverage.

In the letter, Lord Adonis says the regulator should “put all options on the table” to improve mobile phone coverage between now and the next mobile spectrum being auctioned.

Large parts of the country remain without reliable coverage

Last week, Ofcom published its...

Armed Forces Chief: UK must boost its navy to defend underwater cables from Russia

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has warned the UK must boost its naval forces to counter the Russian threat to underwater cables.

Russia’s modernised navy has often been spotted near to underwater communications cables in the Atlantic. The economic reliance on these cables makes them a prime target.

Britain’s economy is around 80 percent service-based and relies on underwater cables to conduct business. Peach told the Royal United Services Institute think tank:...

Opinion: Fraud investigation should delay the FCC’s net neutrality vote

Further revelations about the fraudulent use of American identities to corrupt the FCC’s public comment process should delay the ‘net neutrality’ vote.

At the end of last month, Telecoms reported on an investigation into the fraudulent use of real American identities to corrupt the FCC’s public comment process in regards to the upcoming ‘net neutrality’ vote. The office of New York State Attorney General A.G. Schneiderman has now provided an update...

Ericsson forecasts strong growth in 5G run-up

Ericsson is forecasting strong growth in the run-up to 5G, and today’s announcement from Verizon is a good indicator of that being the case.

Ericsson released its biannual mobility report last week forecasting strong growth over the coming decade. 5G is expected to cover 20 percent of the world’s population and represent around one billion subscriptions by 2023.

That growth in 5G will provide many opportunities for Ericsson and the vendor is also set to benefit in...

Samsung partners with KDDI for the first 5G demo on a high-speed train

Samsung Electronics has partnered with Japanese telecommunications operator KDDI for the first demonstration of 5G on a high-speed train. The partners conducted the world-first test on a train traveling at over 100km/h (over 60 mph) along a section of track where the distance between two stations was approximately 1.5km (nearly 1 mile). While the distance is not as far as what consumers will be hoping for in terms of coverage along transport routes, it nevertheless shows that high-speed...

Openreach use drones to connect rural areas with fast broadband

Openreach is using drones to quickly bring high-speed fibre broadband to rural areas.

The drones help to lay a fibre cable across routes that would have been difficult to deploy across. Due to the small drones used, the actual fibre cable was too heavy for them to lift directly.

Instead, Openreach engineers are using the drones to fly a high-strength fishing line around 100 meters and drop it across the top of the trees. That line was attached to a draw-rope which pulled the...

Net Neutrality: Fraudulent identities used “to corrupt the FCC’s notice and comment process”

A letter signed by the New York State Attorney General has accused the FCC of refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities to corrupt the public comment process with regards to altering net neutrality rules.

Eric T. Schneiderman claims his office has been investigating, for the past six months, who perpetrated a large scheme where ‘enormous numbers’ of identities were fraudulently used to drown out the views and...