Four major European operators commit to supporting OpenRAN

Four of Europe’s largest operators have committed to supporting and deploying OpenRAN solutions.

In a joint statement today, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, and Vodafone said they are joining forces “to support the rollout of Open Radio Access Network (OpenRAN) as the technology of choice for future mobile networks to the benefit of consumer and enterprise customers across Europe.”

OpenRAN aims to disrupt the current RAN vendor monopoly with interoperable and...

Former BT exec Katherine Ainley is Ericsson’s new UK and Ireland CEO

Ericsson has announced the appointment of former senior BT executive Katherine Ainley as the company’s new UK and Ireland CEO.

Ainley is joining Ericsson from BT and comes as the company ramps up its 5G strategy. She will succeed John Griffin who is returning to the role of country manager of Ericsson Ireland.

Commenting on her appointment, Ainley said:

“Ericsson is at the forefront of 5G deployment around the world, playing an especially critical role here...

MPs reckon the UK will miss even its lowered broadband and 5G targets

A parliamentary committee believes the UK will miss its broadband and 5G targets, despite revising them lower just weeks ago.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee published a report this week which said that the industry had “no genuine belief” the UK will hit its targets.

Nationwide gigabit broadband was a key pledge made on the steps of Downing Street when Prime Minister Boris Johnson took office. Initially, the government planned for nationwide...

Connected Nations 2020: How networks handled an extra demanding year

Ofcom has released the 2020 edition of its Connected Nations report, providing insight into how networks handled an extra demanding year.

Whether it’s getting work done from home, or binging on Netflix. Checking in with phone calls to elderly relatives, or posting the latest TikTok trend video. Never has the connectivity we’re blessed with today been so appreciated.

Demands on fixed and mobile networks soared this year as a result of the pandemic. Ofcom notes that...

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...

UK brings forward its deadline for carriers to ditch Huawei

The British government has brought forward a ban preventing carriers from installing Huawei’s telecoms equipment.

Operators are banned from installing Huawei’s equipment in the UK’s 5G networks from September 2021, the government has said. The vendor’s gear is still banned from purchase as of 31st December 2020.

"Today I am setting out a clear path for the complete removal of high-risk vendors from our 5G networks," Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said in a...

GWS: One-third of Brits suffer from ‘inadequate’ internet speeds

Research by Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) has found that almost one-third of Brits are stuck with “inadequate” internet speeds.

Internet access is now often seen as a human right. Without sufficient connectivity, parts of society – or even entire countries – can be held back compared to others in what’s referred to as the “digital divide”.

For a first-world country, the UK has a shocking digital divide. Inner cities are relatively well-served but the...

UK security bill sets out penalties if telcos use Huawei equipment

The UK has set out the security legislation that will enforce the ban on Huawei’s telecoms equipment, and it features some hefty penalties.

The Telecommunications Security Bill bans telcos from purchasing Huawei’s equipment from 2021. Huawei’s existing gear must be removed entirely from British networks by 2027.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“We are investing billions to roll out 5G and gigabit broadband across the country, but the benefits can...

UK’s National Cyber Force is unveiled after months of speculation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has officially unveiled the National Cyber Force (NCF) after months of speculation about its existence.

On Thursday, PM Johnson pledged £24.1 billion for the military over the next four years to 

cement the UK’s position as the largest defence spender in Europe and the second-largest in NATO after the US.

“The international situation is more perilous and more intensely competitive than at any time since the Cold...

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...