Chancellor under pressure to take harder line on Chinese supplier. TDE faces risk of shutting down “unsafe” network components. Hungary, UK indicate willingness to ignore US calls for Huawei clampdown.
O2 a 5G latecomer, but aiming to get up to pace with the market by the end of 2019. 5G launch features Huawei RAN in high‑profile sites, despite operator claims that Ericsson and Nokia are principal partners.
Political ructions after Chancellor appears to green-light Huawei involvement in 5G. Group hopes to count on Chinese supplier might still be dashed. TDE woos government at inaugural 5Germany event.
Rain South Africa, a data‑only new entrant and Vodacom South Africa (VdSA) roaming partner, launched an “uncapped”, 5G‑based Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) service in parts of Johannesburg and Tshwane.
Vodafone Italy (VfIt) faces increased scrutiny over its 5G network kit supply deals, after Italy’s new government under Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte approved its use of special powers, dubbed “golden powers”.
T‑Mobile Poland (TMPL) faced 5G disruption with news that the US and Polish governments had agreed measures that seem likely to exclude Huawei Technologies from supplying the next-gen tech.
5G coverage target of ten million people by December 2020. “Several thousand” 5G customers in first three weeks. Head start on 5G rivals. Hatch partnership for cloud gaming.
One theme of BT Technology’s 2019 Business Briefing event was the importance of cultural changes within BT’s IT department. The need to foster an environment more widely across the division and Group that will enable a digital transformation, driven by simplification and automation, was seen as an essential goal. ...
EE reinstated sales of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G handset.
As signs suggest that UK operators may proceed with caution on limited Huawei deployments, BT has warned that an outright ban would have a severe impact on 5G progress.
Political storm spreading beyond Vodafone’s European homeland.
Threat of Huawei ban leaves VfI fearful of constrained supply.
Huawei and Ericsson in 5G RAN mix. 5G tariffs same as high-end 4G plans. Exclusive agreement with cloud-gaming provider Hatch.
ECI FTTC installations becoming increasingly marginalised, although prioritisation of full-fibre rollout may mean the pace of an equipment swap-out slows.
Long-running, Huawei-supported project said to have been met well, with customer experience and efficiencies benefits. Some compromises made on legacy and vendor retention.
Rundown of key Catalysts, joint initiatives. More than 30 joint technology projects demoed, with assurance, partnering, and customer experience to fore. Operator preoccupations ahead of 5G include profitability and effectiveness of network slicing. Drones, emergency services, and healthcare among focus verticals.
Now five 5G Technological Cities, including Barcelona. Underpinned by ZTE-supplied 5G NR SA “most advanced 5G trial network to date”. Santander, Hitachi Vantara and Idronia partnered for financial services and edge computing use cases.
Deutsche Telekom (DT) senior executives kept a low profile as the US-led political furore surrounding Huawei Technologies intensified. American President Donald Trump maintained a clear message to US allies that it will limit intelligence-sharing with them if they allow Huawei to supply 5G networks.
Ericsson steals the show, after years in Huawei and Nokia’s shadows. Ninian Wilson emphasises NPS as awards-driver.
Further information emerged on the 5G trials to be undertaken by Telefónica España and its partners in the Galicia region of the country.
Telefónica UK, alongside its local operator peer, was called to a private meeting with US government officials warning of the risks of deploying 5G equipment from Huawei Technologies in future networks.
Huawei technology remains critical within Telefónica’s network upgrade plans for Spain. Photonic mesh infrastructure development is enabling faster transmissions over longer distances, with improved reliability. EXFO testing role in service development flagged.