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,...

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...

The UK wants the ‘Five Eyes’ to fund and procure Huawei alternatives

The UK is turning to its “Five Eyes” partners and beyond to find a replacement to Huawei’s equipment amid increasing security concerns.

Huawei has been cautiously welcomed in the UK’s telecoms networks for decades as relations between London and Beijing have enjoyed a relatively harmonious period. However, with 5G being used for ever more critical applications, Western countries are concerned about the influence foreign powers may have within their...

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...

UK pursues OneWeb stake ahead of expected ‘Five Eyes’ Galileo rival

The UK is pursuing a stake in satellite firm OneWeb as it begins establishing partners for an expected "Five Eyes" rival to the EU’s Galileo system.

OneWeb is a startup that's been building low-orbit satellites for internet connectivity. While much of the attention has been on SpaceX’s impressive Starlink system, OneWeb has flown largely under-the-radar.

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Despite the vast potential of OneWeb, it has found out first-hand...

Vodafone: A ban on Huawei’s equipment will cost the UK its 5G lead

Vodafone has issued a warning to UK legislators that a full ban of Huawei’s equipment will cost the country its 5G lead.

"The UK's leadership in 5G will be lost if mobile operators are forced to spend time and money replacing existing equipment," Scott Petty, CTO of Vodafone UK, was quoted as saying by Financial Times and Reuters.

Petty says Vodafone is not tied to Huawei and the operator is testing equipment from Ericsson and other suppliers. However, replacing...

Opinion: Huawei pledges to help UK achieve gigabit connectivity amid growing scrutiny

Huawei has launched a media blitz in the UK as deterioration in relations between London and Beijing places the company under further scrutiny.

In a letter to the British public, Huawei wrote:

“Keeping in contact with friends, loved ones and colleagues shouldn’t be hard. That’s why we’re making it easier to stay in touch.  

For nearly 20 years, we’ve supplied the UK’s mobile and broadband companies with 3G and 4G. But some now question our role in...

The UK now looks set to exile Huawei from its 5G networks

The UK government looks set to reverse its previous decision to allow Huawei in its national 5G networks.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told officials to create plans to eliminate the use of Huawei's equipment in national 5G networks by 2023.

An emergency review announced on Sunday will see the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the UK evaluate whether additional US sanctions against Huawei will make it difficult to use the Chinese vendor’s...

UK gov faces human rights lawsuit for granting Huawei 5G role

The UK government is facing a lawsuit from human rights activists following the decision to grant Huawei a role in 5G networks.

Lawyers representing two Uyghur activists will send a letter warning the British government of court action if it presses on with the plan to grant the Chinese telecoms giant a role – claiming it breaks UK human rights and EU procurement rules.

The activists campaign against Beijing’s treatment of Muslim minorities, predominantly in the...

O2 and Virgin Media consider merging to fight BT and Sky

Two of the UK's biggest names in telecoms are considering a merger to combat the industry behemoths of BT and Sky.

O2 and Virgin Media are reportedly in talks to combine each company's strengths across TV, broadband, and mobile.

Liberty Global, which owns Virgin Media, is said to be in talks with Spanish O2-owner Telefonica. Virgin Media brings a vast TV and broadband presence to the table, while O2 has a much larger base of mobile subscribers. 

Virgin...