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BT inks deal with Ericsson to replace Huawei in 5G network

Ericsson has signed a deal with BT to supply equipment for its 5G network in major cities across the UK, as the telecommunications giant continues to shift away from Huawei.

The Swedish firm’s kit is expected to manage around 50% of total 5G traffic for BT and its main mobile brand, EE.


Nokia to deploy 4G network on the Moon

NASA has selected European communications giant Nokia to build the first-ever mobile network on the Moon as part of a wider initiative to improve technology access on the lunar surface.

Nokia Bell Labs will begin building the bespoke LTE/4G network and aims to have it deployed by late 2022. 


Minister casts doubt on 2025 gigabit broadband target

Doubts over the Government’s ambitious pledge on gigabit-capable broadband deepened on Tuesday after the minister responsible for its roll-out failed to say how confident he felt about making the 2025 target.

Full-fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home and business across the UK by 2025 was a key Conservative manifesto pledge in the 2019 general election. It brought the goal forward by eight years.


Report warns 5G rollout delay will cost UK economy billions

Delays to the rollout of 5G across the UK could cost the country tens of billions of pounds in lost economic output, a new report by the Centre for Policy Studies suggests.

It warns that challenges posed by legislation, the phasing out of Huawei equipment and the coronavirus pandemic are stalling the delivery of 5G and could prevent faster economic growth.


Five million UK homes suffered broadband outage last year

Nearly five million people have suffered a broadband outage of three hours or more in the last year, according to new research.

A report by comparison service Uswitch.com said the average home had experienced more than a day – 29 hours – offline in total in the last 12 months.


Huawei-built Papua New Guinea data centre riddled with security flaws

A data centre built by beleaguered Chinese tech giant Huawei for Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2018 is plagued with cybersecurity issues, exposing PNG Government data to hackers.

A report commissioned by the Australia-funded PNG National Cyber Security Centre and authored by a security expert hired by the Australian Government claimed old encryption software employed by Huawei exposed data to threat actors.


Global internet speeds dropped by 6.31% during Covid-19

Exactly how the seismic uptake in data consumption impacted connection speeds during lockdown has been a hot topic throughout the pandemic.

A number of providers have released a raft of data showing the disruption to their networks (or lack thereof), but it’s been hard to parse a global picture from the smattering of reports released so far.

For those seeking a conclusive and comprehensive account of how the world’s networks were impacted by the surge in content streaming, video streaming and online gaming by home-bound populations, they can look no further than Cable.co.uk’s pretty exhaustive analysis, released this week.


BT CTO warns against fast-tracked removal of Huawei 5G infrastructure

Telecoms firms have warned that bringing forward the date by which they must remove Huawei equipment from 5G networks risks significant service blackouts.

The warning came in response to questioning by Conservative MP Mark Francois during an evidence session for the Defence Sub-Committee with executives from BT and Vodafone.


Google announces new subsea cable running between US, UK and Spain

A new transatlantic subsea cable running between the US, the UK and Spain has been announced by Google in a bid to meet ever-growing connectivity demands.

Once commissioned, it will be one of the tech giant’s first new cables to connect the US and UK since 2003, aimed at increasing capacity and helping drive some of Google’s core services, such as video communication platform Meet, Gmail and Google Cloud.


Renewable energy to power Vodafone’s entire European network by 2021

Mobile giant Vodafone has said its European network will be powered by 100% renewable electricity by no later than July 2021.

Vodafone runs networks in 26 countries and offers cloud and colocation services via data centres in UK, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, US, Hong Kong, and Singapore.


HPE acquires SD-WAN company Silver Peak for $925 million

Enterprise IT giant HPE has acquired Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) company Silver Peak for a deal valued at $925 million.

Silver Peak will be combined with HPE’s Aruba Networks once the transaction is approved by regulators.


Huawei infrastructure to be removed from UK 5G network by 2027

Chinese tech giant Huawei’s equipment will be stripped from the UK’s 5G network by 2027, adding millions to the cost and delaying the delivery of the high-speed mobile network.

The National Security Council took the decision – which will increase tensions with Beijing – after the impact of US sanctions raised concerns about Huawei’s continued involvement in the UK’s 5G infrastructure.