‘Year-long’ delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos

O2 presses on with Chinese supplier
Mobile network operators have reportedly said that tearing up their contracts with Huawei would set Britain’s 5G back “by nine months to a year” – so they’re ploughing on despite pressure.…

Ready for Glasto-net? Cheap, local low-power networks up for grabs in the UK

Ofcom proposes shakeup of spectrum bidding process
Some technologies lurking under the 5G umbrella promise to reshape the entire communications sector, creating new uses and businesses we can’t imagine today. Ofcom showed it was hip to a few of these t…

What’s this under the Christmas tree? A gift-wrapped Mellanox, for Microsoft? Say it ain’t so

Windows giant mulls gobbling up network kit maker, according to anon insiders
Microsoft is considering buying Mellanox, according to a report on Wednesday by an Israeli financial newspaper.…

Sticking with one mobile provider gets you… Oh. Price rises, big exit fees, and lovely, lovely lock-in

UK competition bods threaten action against ‘loyalty penalty’
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has issued an urgent call for action against mobile providers that rip off loyal customers with high prices even once handsets are paid off.…

Ofcom: More spectrum for all the good boys and girls. Except you, EE. You’ve had your fill

UK mobile networks had better open their wallets
Ofcom has revealed plans to offer more of the airwaves to mobile networks, increasing capacity by around 22 per cent overall, and by 62 per cent in the more attractive sub-1GHz portion of the spectrum.…

BT: Soz about that £1.3m CEO bonus vote, shareholders. Friends?

We’re listening, insists company right before new chief exec takes post
BT has belatedly given its shareholders a public pat on the head for not voting down departing chief exec Gavin Patterson’s £1.3m bonus.…

O little town of Bethlehem, Georgia. How still we see your internet lie… US govt throws another $600m at rural broadband

Money in form of loans and grants – but will it work or be wasted?
Analysis The US government has added another $600m to the pot of money that is supposed to expand broadband internet access to rural areas of America. But it remains far from clear how …

One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future

Don’t be daft, of course they haven’t, we’re still in Crazytown USA
Analysis One year ago today, the FCC passed a controversial measure that undermined its own rules, passed just two years earlier, over net neutrality.…

Ofcom asks networks, ISPs: Hey, wouldn’t it be nice if you let customers know the best deal once their contract’s up?

You know, they’ve paid for the phone a few times over now…
UK regulator Ofcom wants ISPs and networks to tell customers when their contract is up and inform them of better deals. The consultation (PDF) was launched today alongside a review of broadba…