Telecom

Private 5G’s big debut: NTT’s multi-party, multi-phase private 5G project for Las Vegas will boost connectivity in schools, power security and monitoring systems, and make telehealth more accessible.

Spam texts are soaring: The FCC is fast-tracking regulation that could quash spam SMS at the network level to combat a growing telecommunications problem.

Cost of the tech cold war: The FCC’s list of potential security threats grows longer with ComNet and China Unicom’s inclusion. The cost to rip and replace equipment and services may adversely affect smaller telecoms.

Global eSIM adoption is inevitable: 3.4B devices will be eSIM compatible by 2025. We can expect to see an increase in 5G connectivity in smartphones, laptops, tablets, and wearables.

Matter around the corner: A leaked Google Nest router hints at the industry-wide transition to a faster, more robust Wi-Fi 6E, which could also be the launchpad for the Matter smart home standard.

SIM cards are the new headphone jacks: Apple has unceremoniously retired the SIM card from US iPhone 14 models, making eSIM the only choice for upgraders. Is the rest of the industry ready?

The coming boom in trans-Pacific subsea cable installations: Regional demand for bandwidth is nearly doubling every two years. A wave of new subsea cables is coming, but at a high cost.

T-Mobile widens its spectrum: Winning 90% share of available 2.5 GHz band licenses at auction solidifies T-Mobile’s lead in coverage. The move could win over more 5G subscribers and MVNO partnerships.

Amazon’s Roomba acquisition is a data privacy nightmare: Regulators are worried that Amazon, which already has eyes and ears in consumers’ homes, will now be able to map and monitor those homes.

Indian government completes 5G auction: High-speed connectivity is coming to the world’s second-largest mobile market, but shortages and expensive infrastructure costs are the next obstacles.

Could 2022 be the year brain computing tech picks up in healthcare? The market is forecast to hit $3.5B by 2027. We detail how clinical trials could yield new applications to treat epilepsy, communication disorders, and spinal cord injuries.

Rogers outage was caused by overburdened network: Rogers’ wired and wireless services were inextricably linked when a configuration error took down services nationwide, underscoring the dangers of haphazard consolidation.

100 companies face coronavirus restrictions in China: The Chinese economy is in peril as it scrambles ramp up production of key exports like iPhones and computers in the face of COVID-19 spikes.

Tech needs faster broadband: The FCC chair’s plan to raise broadband minimums to 100 Mbps is necessary for US global competitiveness but faces an uphill political battle.

FCC needs $3B more to ditch Huawei, ZTE networks: The “rip and replace” initiative is short on funds. Prolonged pushback on reimbursements could result in a dodgy patchwork of suboptimal equipment.

Elon’s fan club lobbies FCC: Starlink rallies 70,000 letters in opposition to sharing 12GHz with 5G. But the issue might just be the beginning of Starlink’s 5G problems.

Canada internet goes dark: A router malfunction at Rogers takes out a quarter of Canada’s network, affecting key services and exposing the danger of consolidation and a lack of competition in network providers.

Urbanites in the digital dark: A Seattle couple’s Comcast saga illustrates how many city dwellers are still struggling to get connected. Treating the internet as a public utility could help.

Cloudflare sneezes and takes down half the internet: A server policy change downed apps, websites, and crypto services for hours, exposing the fragility of relying on a centralized network infrastructure.

5G gains momentum through new applications: Consumer 5G adoption may have slowed down, but new markets for private 5G, additional functionality, and new applications are helping spread the bandwidth across industries.