Ericsson says its 5G rollout will create 800 British jobs by 2022

During a time when unemployment figures are at record highs, it’s heartening to hear Ericsson’s job creation expectations.

Swedish telecoms vendor Ericsson predicts that its 5G rollout will create an additional 800 jobs in the UK over the next couple of years.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said:

"I welcome this investment in the UK by Ericsson which will create hundreds of skilled jobs across the country and accelerate the nationwide rollout...

Nokia will lead the EU’s Hexa-X 6G research project

Nokia will take the helm of the European Commission’s flagship 6G research project, Hexa-X.

Hexa-X aims to develop fundamental 6G technologies and create unique new cases where they can be applied.

Six key research challenges for 6G have been identified which Hexa-X will aim to tackle:

Connecting intelligence: AI/Machine Learning (ML) technologies need to be a vital and trusted tool for significantly improved efficiency and service experience, serving...

European Commission refers Virgin Media–O2 merger to the CMA

The European Commission has referred a proposed merger between Virgin Media and O2 to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Virgin Media and O2 confirmed their intention to merge back in May. Naturally, the £31 billion deal is being scrutinised by regulators.

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The CMA formally requested the case be transferred on October 8th, shortly after the European Commission launched its investigation. Today, the European...

Oxford Economics: Huawei is responsible for over 220,000 jobs in Europe

A report from Oxford Economics suggests that Huawei is responsible for over 220,000 jobs across Europe.

The report is released as Huawei faces bans across many Western countries over security concerns led by the US.

Huawei contributed €16.4 billion to Europe's GDP and supported 224,300 jobs in 2019, according to the report.

The Chinese telecoms giant holds the largest global marketshare (~35.3%) of any vendor. The second-largest, Nokia, holds less than half...

Huawei takes legal action over Sweden’s ban of its equipment

Huawei isn’t taking Sweden’s ban of its equipment lying down and has launched a legal appeal.

“We think the decision that has been taken is not good for customers nor for Sweden in general,” said Kenneth Fredriksen, Huawei’s Executive Vice President of Central East Europe and the Nordics, to Reuters earlier today.

“We, therefore, want a Swedish court to look at if the decision has been taken through a proper process and according to the...

Italy has reportedly blocked a 5G deal between Huawei and Fastweb

Italy has reportedly blocked a 5G deal between Huawei and Swisscom-owned telco Fastweb.

According to multiple sources for Reuters, the Italian government stepped in to block a deal for Huawei to supply Fastweb with 5G core network equipment.

Many European countries have either banned or restricted the use of Huawei’s equipment but Rome is yet to announce its stance. If the reports are true, it would seem Italy looks set to take a strong stance against the Chinese...

Telia will use Ericsson for 5G in Sweden but Nokia in Finland

Telia will use 5G equipment from compatriot Ericsson in its home country but will turn to Nokia for its Finnish operations.

Starting with Telia in Sweden, the company has signed a five-year agreement with Ericsson which it says “brings together two of the region’s wireless pioneers” to provide a great 5G experience for the operator’s seven million customers in Sweden and Estonia.

“With today’s agreement, we have the foundation in place to develop the most...

Sweden bans Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks

Sweden has decided to ban Chinese telecoms vendors Huawei and ZTE from its rollout of 5G networks.

In a statement, the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority said that the “influence of China’s one-party state over the country’s private sector brings with it strong incentives for privately-owned companies to act in accordance with state goals and the communist party’s national strategies.”

Sweden’s decision comes after increasing US-led pressure to ban Chinese...

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,...

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...