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BT sells iconic London HQ tower for £210m

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

BT has agreed the sale of its central London headquarters to a private equity firm as it continues its restructuring programme.

Orion Capital Managers will acquire BT Centre for almost £210 million and has agreed to lease the 300,000 square foot office building for a period of 30 months while the company moves to a new headquarters in the capital.

BT HQ

A new site has yet to be confirmed, but BT has said details will be made available shortly.… Read the full article

Half of all smartphones sold in 2023 ‘will be 5G’

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

5G smartphones will account for more than half of all mobile phone sales by 2023 as manufacturers seeking to arrest the ongoing contraction of the market.

According to Gartner, sales of devices (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) will fall by 3.3 per cent in 2019 to 2.2 billion. But it is mobile phone shipments that are declining the most at 3.8 per cent.

When it comes to smartphones, the 2.5 per cent contraction is the worst decline ever.

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TalkTalk adds 118,000 fibre subscribers in three months

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

TalkTalk’s migration of customers from copper to fibre continues to bear fruit, with the firm reporting increases in revenue and average revenue per user (ARPU) over the past three months.

The company added 118,000 users to is fibre service during Q1, with 70 per cent of new customers opting for faster speeds.

This helped ARPU increase from £24.62 to £24.72 and revenue to rise by 1.3 per cent to £382 million.

TalkTalk fibre

“Q1 is in line with our plan.… Read the full article

Three switches on cloud-based 5G core network

By | July 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Three is starting to migrate customers to a brand-new cloud-based core network ahead of the launch of its 5G service in August.

The core network has been tested with more than 3,500 staff since February and is now ready to handle commercial traffic. 4G customers will also be moved onto the new core, meaning all users will benefit.

The infrastructure, delivered by Nokia, is a key component of Three’s £2 billion 5G investment programme, which also includes new equipment, spectrum and an IT transformation.… Read the full article

UK ‘biggest target’ for telecom scammers

By | July 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The UK’s is the world’s biggest target for phone scams, with 15 per cent of the world’s fraudulent telecoms traffic directed at British numbers, new research has found.

BICS, a subsidiary of Belgian telco Proximus, says its FraudGuard platform analyses traffic from more than 900 communications providers around the world and found the UK was the only G20 country in the top ten, with 25 million scam calls during 2018.

It added that the number of global call attempts increased by two per cent last year, with telecoms fraud causing losses in excess of $30 billion worldwide.… Read the full article

MPs: No technical reason to ban Huawei from UK 5G

By | July 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

MPs have concluded that there is no technical reason why Huawei should be excluded from the UK’s telecoms infrastructure but have suggested there are ethical and political reasons for a ban.

Huawei has long been effectively been frozen out of the US telecoms market due to fears that its equipment is a national security risk, allegations that it has continually denied.

Last month, US firms were ordered to stop doing business with the company, a decision which means future handsets may no longer receive updates for Google's Android operating system or access its popular applications.… Read the full article

BT suggests it could cut dividend to fund fibre expansion

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

BT has suggested it could cut the dividend handed out to shareholders in order to invest in fibre to the premise (FTTP) infrastructure.

Speculation that BT is preparing to cut its dividend for the first time since 2009 has been mounting, with some expecting an announcement in the company’s most recent financial results.

However, such a move did not materialise, with CEO Philip Jansen doubling down on a promise to change the payment until the end of the current financial year.… Read the full article

US Government starts to relax Huawei ban

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The US government has started to ease its ban on domestic companies doing business with Huawei, stating that some firms will be licensed to supply the Chinese giant.

Huawei has been frozen out of the US device and telecoms equipment markets for several years, and earlier this year was effectively blacklisted by Washington on national security grounds.

The ruling limited Huawei’s access to components and meant its handsets would no longer receive updates for the Android operating system from Google or access to its popular applications.… Read the full article

Wi-Fi 6 guidelines aim to help operators cope with mobile traffic

By | July 10th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has published deployment guidelines for mobile operators, as well as enterprises and vendors, ahead of the launch of Wi-Fi 6 later this year.

Wi-Fi 6 is the first generation of wireless broadband to adopt a more consumer-friendly nomenclature, similar to 4G or 5G, rather than the more technical system that has seen previous standards given technical monikers like ‘802.11ac.’

Among other things, Wi-Fi 6 is expected to deliver faster speeds and greater capacity, with the wireless industry positioning it as a complementary technology to 5G that can help organisations and communications providers cope with the growing amount of data traffic.… Read the full article

Apple voices opposition to US tariffs on China

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple is one of several American companies to formally oppose plans by US President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on $300 billion-worth of Chinese-manufactured goods.

Devices such as the iPhone famously have ‘Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China’ on the back, meaning the cost of the Cupertino-based company’s products would be affected if the tariffs were introduced.

Trump introduced several tariffs last September, with Apple breathing a sigh of relief after its most important products – iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch and accessories – were excluded.… Read the full article

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