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July? British government could decide to boot Chinese giant Huawei from the UK's networks by this month
Monday, 06 July 2020 22:45

After months of dilly dallying, the UK government has said it will finally decide this month whether Huawei should be booted out of Blighty’s nascent 5G network, according to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.

Speaking on London talk radio station LBC Radio this morning, Dowden raised the possibility that crippling US sanctions have undermined its reliability as a vendor.

“In relation to Huawei, we’ve had these US sanctions that were imposed a couple of months ago. I’ve asked the National Cyber Security Centre to analyse the impact of them,” he said.

“It seems likely they’re going to have a significant impact

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Don't make any sudden moves: Huawei urges UK government to wait before declaring it 'unreliable'
Thursday, 09 July 2020 00:30

Embattled Chinese tech bogeyman Huawei has decried the UK government's mooted plan to ban it from domestic 5G networks over reliability concerns caused by the imposition of punishing US sanctions .

In a press conference this morning, Huawei veep Victor Zhang — who has represented the company's UK interests in various forms since 2004 — said it was too early to determine whether the Trump Administration's sanctions have impacted its ability to deliver.

"It is important to stress that the restrictions by the US will take months to fully understand. The fact is, it is too early to assess their

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GCHQ's cyber arm report on Huawei said to be burning hole through UK.gov desks
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 20:01

Britain is all a-tizzy about Huawei again as talk swirls over the imminent release of an unofficial report into the Chinese company’s influence over prominent Britons and a ban on its telco equipment.

The volume of industry chatter was turned up to 11 this week after newspaper reports that a controversial former MI6 spy had written an 86-page dossier titled "China's Elite Capture" which claimed China uses Huawei as a "strategic asset" to lean on leading "establishment" figures and convince them to take a more pro-China line in domestic politics.

The Daily Mail reported at length the claims of former

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Show a little spine? Nokia whips out SR Linux, a new routing network OS for cloud clients
Friday, 10 July 2020 03:00

From enterprise behemoths to those desperately home-schooling, the appetite for cloud-based services shows no sign of faltering. Behind the scenes sit vendors like Nokia, which today unveiled its latest network operating system (NOS), which aims to simplify the process of automating and scaling data centre fabrics.

Nokia Service Router Linux (SR Linux) is a clean-sheet, hardware-agnostic operating system. At the heart of this is a more permissive approach to extensibility, with developers having full access to the underlying OS, as Nokia CTO for IP/Optical Networks Steve Vogelsang explained.

“Typically, inside a network operating system will be a base OS, like

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Knock-Nokia... who's there? Also-vRAN Samsung with new open virtualized network antenna kit
Thursday, 09 July 2020 23:54

Samsung has made its open, virtualized 5G radio access network (RAN) platform commercially available, allowing carriers to run the external components of a 5G network on off-the-shelf x86-based hardware.

The firm said it would be available to carriers this quarter.

The move comes hot on the heels of Nokia's open RAN news last month. The Finnish firm touted its new vRAN2.0 product, which it described as a "fully cloudified and disaggregated 5G base station".

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Traditionally, the RAN consists of proprietary functions running on vendor-specific base station hardware. But the virtualisation of the RAN shifts some of the work

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Never mind rail and ports, let's help DPD... and, er, Amazon: UK gov and ESA call for ways to slap logistics with 5G stick
Thursday, 09 July 2020 21:06

Got an idea on how to use 5G for something useful? ESA and the UK Space Agency want to hear from you.

A Call For Proposals has been issued by the space agencies and the UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) aimed at coming up with ways of using 5G terrestrial and space technology in support of the UK's logistics businesses, "from rail to ports, from DPD to Amazon."

Poor old Amazon, after all, needs all the support it can get. With profits on the climb and bonzer revenues the poor dear could probably use some assistance

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