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Cisco snuffs Spark, renames it 'WebEx Teams'

Roundup Cisco leads the networking roundup this week, with news that there's one fewer way to avoid its WebEx brand: as part of a product reorganisation, what was Cisco Spark is to become WebEx Teams. It's more than a rebrand, Cisco's Jonathan Rosenberg insisted here, because in the Olde Worlde, Sparkies could join Spark meetings, and …
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Huawei promises to launch a 5G smartmobe in second half of 2019

Huawei has said its first 5G-capable phone will appear in a little over a year. The Chinese giant made the pledge at its annual global analyst summit in Shenzhen, southeastern China. The device will feature Huawei's own 5G modem and appear in "the second half of 2019". Big news: First @Huawei 5G smartphone with its own 5G …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2018
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Creaking protocols are threat to EU's telecom infrastructure security

Legacy technologies pose a threat to the European Union's telecommunications infrastructure, a study by cybersecurity agency ENISA warns. 2G/ 3G mobile networks worldwide still depend on SS7 and Diameter for controlling communications (routing voice calls and data) as well as sets of protocols designed "decades ago without …
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2018
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Broadcom’s bid to win the hand of Qualcomm ends in tears

Singapore-based chip biz Broadcom announced today that it has withdrawn its bid for Qualcomm. The intervention by the administration of United States President, Donald Trump, at the urging of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), appears to have been the last straw for the soon-to-be-US-based chip …
Richard Speed, 14 Mar 2018

Ofcom to networks: Want this delicious 5G spectrum? You'll have to improve 4G coverage

Ofcom has today proposed placing new coverage obligations on mobile operators for 4G services as part of their winning 5G spectrum bids. All four operators have met the obligation to reach 90 per cent of the country's landmass by the end of 2017. But the UK regulator said: "While the previous obligations have resulted in …
Kat Hall, 9 Mar 2018
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Global race for 5G heats up with latest US Congress bill

Analysis A global race to roll out next-generation 5G mobile networks has intensified with the approval of new legislation by the US House of Representatives. The peculiarly titled Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act [PDF] – designed to spell out the name of a staff director of a key Congressional …
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Mobile World Congress: 5 buzzwords, an homage to Windows XP and a smartphone snorefest

MWC18 As Mobile World Congress draws to a close in relatively warm Barcelona (13°C - balmy), it's time to tally up on whether it delivered on the hype. The buzz ahead of MWC was that Samsung would launch the Galaxy S9 smartphone, that 5G connectivity would come closer to commercial reality, and that advances in AI and machine …
Tim Anderson, 2 Mar 2018
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FCC levies largest ever fine: $614m on Verizon (that's about three days of profit for telco giant)

Verizon's $3.1bn Straight Path gobble got a little more expensive this week, thanks to a $614m fine dished out by America's broadband watchdog, the Federal Communications Commission. The regulator sought to punish Straight Path for breaking its promise to roll out working high-speed cellular networks across the US using its …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Mar 2018

Work continues on 5G, shame no one's sure what it's for yet

MWC18 5G is – surprise, surprise – dominating this year's Mobile World Congress as more emphasis is heaped on how non-telco vertical sectors can use the fledgling technology. Unlike 4G or any previous cellular generation, 5G aims to cover a wider set of use cases from the outset: not only enhanced mobile broadband, but also massive …

Smartphones to be inescapable, even at 40,000 feet

MWC18 Folk soon need not look up from their screens when boarding aircraft and wandering the aisles thanks to an alliance formed by OneWeb and Airbus to bring 5G roaming to the skies. OneWeb, which hopes to launch the first of some 900 satellites into low Earth orbit this year aboard a Russian Soyuz-ST from the Korou Cosmodrome in …
Richard Speed, 26 Feb 2018
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Mobile industry wants less regulation, mooooar radio spectrum

MWC18 5G could, er, bring an end to populism, said Vittorio Colao, Vodafone’s chief executive during his keynote address at this year’s Mobile World Congress. "We need as an industry to engage to make sure we build a better future for people. "5G combined with IoT really gives us a great opportunity to create alliances of …
Kane Mumford, 26 Feb 2018

Cisco, Intel, Red Hat take aim at closed 5G radio systems

Cisco has used Mobile World Congress 2018 to tout a group of vendors working on open tech for the mobile radio access network. “Virtual RAN” – Radio Access Network – refers to a shift in base station architecture away from proprietary functions running on vendor-specific base station hardware. vRAN remakes the mobile network …
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Intel's announced PCs packing 5G, and that's just plain wrong

Intel's breathlessly announced that Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft will deploy its 5G modems in their portable PCs sometime in the second half of 2019, and that it will show off prototypes of said laptops at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week. Which is actually pretty bad news, because laptops with built-in-modems never …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2018

Mobile network O2 UK leaps into 5G test bed with Greenwich trial

O2 UK is the latest operator to jump on the "5G test bed" bandwagon, with plans to trial the tech at the iconic former Millennium Dome in North Greenwich later this year. Installation of the network will begin in March, with demos scheduled of 5G-enabled virtual reality, augmented reality and live streaming in select areas of …
Kat Hall, 22 Feb 2018
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Winter Olympics 5G isn't real 5G, says Qualcomm, that won't land until 2019

Qualcomm has fleshed out the details of what's going to land in the hands of the 18 carriers who last week signed on for “standards-compliant” 5G trials. The company last week said the 18 carriers will soon start to field-test its Snapdragon X50 modem, and it's working hard to corner the OEM business as well, with Asus, two …
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5G won't just be fast, it'll do the ML-fuelled self-optimisation thing

There's a race to apply machine learning to networking applications (especially for 5G), and as so often happens in periods of frenzied development, there's an emerging standardisation gap the International Telecommunications Union hopes to fix. Following the January Machine Learning and 5G workshop in Geneva, the ITU has …
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EU digital commish to 5G folk: Improving mobile data-rate, guys? Really?

A European commissioner raised concerns in a private letter to mobile operators and the network infrastructure industry – seen by The Register – that the 5G project is not working out according to plan. Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said in the letter – sent early in December last year – to the …
Kane Mumford, 8 Feb 2018
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Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G... an idea going down like 'a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto'

A proposal by the Trump administration to effectively nationalize next-generation 5G networks in America triggered an angry reaction from the mobile industry, former government officials, and federal regulator the FCC. According to a leaked 30-page document [PDF], the White House is considering getting the federal government …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jan 2018

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