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Germany gives Huawei the 5G green light

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

Germany has confirmed it will allow mobile operators in the country to use Huawei’s 5G equipment in a major boost for the vendor.

New security guidelines published by German communications regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) make no specific provisions for the company, instead placing additional requirements for all manufacturers.

The guidelines state that vendors must be trustworthy, critical components must be certified, security monitoring must be introduced and that only trained professionals are to be employed in security related areas.

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Huawei: ‘Political’ challenges make 5G security difficult to solve

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

Huawei has reiterated its belief that telecoms security is an industry-wide issue that can be solved if it is viewed as a technological challenge, not a political one.

The beleaguered Chinese firm has been effectively blacklisted from the US on national security grounds and Washington is urging its allies to follow suit – despite not providing any evidence to support its claims.

Europe is a significant market for Huawei and mobile operators oppose any measure that would restrict their access to the company’s radio kit, fearing this would increase costs and reduce innovation.… Read the full article

Vodafone apologises after roaming bill glitch

By | October 14th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Vodafone has apologised for a “technical error” saw customers roaming outside the UK receive huge bills and left unable to access call, voice or data services.

Notifications sent to customers abroad said they had racked up bills of hundreds and even thousands of pounds or that they had exceeded their data allowance despite evidence to the contrary.

Some were even disconnected from the network entirely – leaving them unable to contact Vodafone to seek a resolution.

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New law will give telcos easier access to apartment blocks

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

The government is introducing a new law that will make it easier for broadband operators to install and upgrade connections in blocks of flats.

Under the present system, providers have to request permission to access the building to do their work, however 40 per cent of all applications receive no response. The only other course of action is to go through the courts, which can be a time consuming and expensive process.

A cheaper and faster process will now be introduced in instances where landlords have failed to respond to a request for access.… Read the full article

Government pledges £5bn for rural fibre

By | September 30th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The government is to create a £5 billion fund to bring “gigabit-capable connectivity” to areas of the UK that won’t be covered by commercial deployments of fibre and other ultrafast technologies.

The funding forms part of a package set to be announced at the Conservative party conference in Manchester this week. Its hoped that this will also ease regulations for mobile infrastructure, accelerating the construction of 5G networks.

Figures show that 96 per cent of the country now has access to superfast broadband, most of which is powered by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) which uses copper for the final few hundred metres of the connection.… Read the full article

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Apple set to ‘double’ contribution to Japan Display rescue plan

By | September 27th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple is reportedly set to double its contribution to a rescue plan for one of its major display suppliers following the withdrawal of a Chinese investment firm.

Japan Display provides LCD screens for most major iPhone models, including the iPhone 11, but financial difficulties had led it to search for fresh funding.

Chinese fund Harvest had been set to provide more than half of the 80 billion yen (£602 million required) but pulled out earlier this week. Apple itself had been expected to invest $100 million (£81m).… Read the full article

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What is Amazon Sidewalk and how will it impact IoT?

By | September 26th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Amazon’s deep pockets mean that once it gets behind a product category – usually one that will lock customers into its ecosystem and encourage it to buy more things from Amazon – it tends to give it enough backing until it gains traction with consumers.

It launched the Kindle at a time when e-readers were in their infancy and backed it until the concept of eBooks was firmly entrenched in the minds of consumers.

The Amazon Echo helped popularise smart speakers and got Alexa – and Amazon – into people’s homes.… Read the full article

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US proposes $1bn fund for operators to remove Huawei kit

By | September 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The US is proposing legislation that would provide rural mobile operators with access to up to $1 billion in public funding to replace Chinese-made infrastructure in their networks.

Chinese vendors have largely been excluded from the US market, with major carriers opting to use radio equipment from Ericsson, Nokia and others. However a number of smaller providers use  kit from Huawei and ZTE because it is relatively expensive.

The Rural Wireless Association, which represents operators with fewer than 100,000 customers, estimates a quarter of its members have Chinese-made kit in their networks and estimates it could cost up to $1 billion to replace it.… Read the full article

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Nokia opens Future X Lab to showcase end-to-end 5G

By | September 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Nokia has opened a customer experience and research facility in Finland as it seeks to reinforce its message that only it can offer end-to-end 5G infrastructure.

The Future X Lab in Espoo has a live 5G network powered by Nokia’s radio, core and transport technologies and features full network slicing. Customers will be able to see demonstrations of  consumer, enterprise and industrial scenarios in physical and simulated environments.

Nokia is competing with the likes of Ericsson and Huawei to supply mobile operators with 5G radio kit, while Cisco is a major player in core technology.… Read the full article

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Huawei enables 5G smart travel system at new Beijing airport

By | September 24th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Huawei and China Unicorn have deployed a 5G network at Beijing’s new airport, allowing passengers travelling with China Eastern Airlines to benefit from a smart travel system.

The system uses facial recognition technology for check-in, security clearance, and boarding, meaning passengers don’t have to show an ID, hold tickets or boarding passes, or scan a QR code.

Paperless luggage tracking is powered by a reusable RFID luggage card. Passengers use a smartphone application to enter a flight number and destination, allowing them to track their luggage on their handset.… Read the full article

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