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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

 
Huawei has been Biden its time, but there's no sign new US president will reverse American sanctions
Wednesday, 27 January 2021 02:45

It has been six days since Joe Biden became president of the United States. Since then, he has wasted no time in reversing policy decisions made by his predecessor with a series of executive actions on LGBT rights , the environment , and race relations .

One Trump hangover that looks set to remain, however, is an antagonistic approach to China’s tech industry, with no respite likely for tech giant Huawei.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki, in her first ever Monday briefing of the new administration , dodged a question about whether Huawei would remain on the entity list – American

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Going, going, gone... until March: UK comms regulator delays 5G spectrum auction over pandemic logistics
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 03:15

Updated The UK's telecoms regulator has said it will delay the upcoming auction of the 700MHz and 3.6-3.8GHz radio bands as result of difficulties caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Ofcom had mooted running the auction in November last year, before settling on this month. It has since opted to push the opening to March 2021 as the virus outbreak as thrown a wrench into everyone's schedules and plans. In a statement, Ofcom said :

In addition to being a nice money-spinner for government, this additional spectrum will help carriers improve coverage, while also increasing the capacity and quality of

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Google's Alphabet sticks a pin in its Loon internet broadband service
Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:02

Alphabet has stuck a pin in its Project Loon broadband project, which sought to use high-altitude balloons to extend connectivity to areas considered hard to reach by traditional telcos.

Word of Loon's cancellation came from the company's CEO , Alastair Westgarth, who attributed the decision to problems in commercialising the tech.

"We talk a lot about connecting the next billion users, but the reality is Loon has been chasing the hardest problem of all in connectivity — the last billion users: The communities in areas too difficult or remote to reach, or the areas where delivering service with existing technologies

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President Biden selects Jessica Rosenworcel to head up FCC as acting chairwoman
Friday, 22 January 2021 08:55

President Joe Biden has made Democrat FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel acting chairwoman of America's communications regulator.

Rosenworcel needs the Senate's approval before she can take on the role on a permanent basis. Even then the FCC leadership will still be split with two Democrat commissioners and two Republicans until Biden can install a third Democrat, again via the Dem-controlled Senate, to push through changes. Rosenworcel is the second woman to hold the title of acting FCC chairwoman, Mignon Clyburn being the first.

A former Washington DC and Senate Commerce Committee lawyer, Rosenworcel has been an FCC commissioner pretty much since

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With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds... and a giant middle finger to America
Thursday, 21 January 2021 10:52

Analysis Ajit Pai has left his position as head of the FCC – America's communications regulator – marking the end of an extraordinary four years where telecoms policy was dragged into the era of alternate facts. With sad inevitability, Pai has a list of his accomplishments in a similar fashion.

Just as he had done during his tenure, however, Pai has mirrored the 45th president’s approach and, rather than give an overview of actions to show a coherent drive and philosophy, has created the longest list possible. Bigger is better.

And so we have a 19-page document with 134 bullet

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