This Week In Tech And Telco: Always Closing Deals

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Trump approves licenses for trade with Huawei

The US government has given Huawei its second reprieve this week, allowing some vendors to begin sales to the Chinese telco once again.

The tech giant was placed on a trade blacklist six months ago, amid national security concerns due to ties to the Chinese government. US companies were instructed to cut ties with Huawei, as were allied countries, who received pressure from Trump.

The Commerce Department has begun issues licenses for some companies, though it is not sure which products have been approved. Huawei will be hoping Google is among the, currently, 150 processed license requests, given its hardware’s reliance on Google’s Android operating system.

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Will Google get a license allowing it to sell to Huawei?

FCC to auction off 5G wireless spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to auction sought-after airwaves for 5G services, estimated to be worth up to $60 billion.

The sale of its mid-band wireless spectrum will fuel the deployment of 5G. The C-band spectrum is used today by satellite providers to deliver video programming to cable providers.

The auction comes after months of controversy, with lawmakers being reluctant to sell public assets to a private company.

Band C wireless is currently used by satellite providers to deliver video programming to cable providers.

UK ISP Association blasts Labour’s nationalized fiber scheme

Representing 200 broadband and other internet service providers, the UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) claims there are “deep flaws” in Labour’s new proposal for free and nationalized full fiber.

ISPA said the “entire telecoms sector” is echoing similar concerns.

Labour wants to re-nationalize the parts of BT, Openreach, that own and maintain the UK’s internet infrastructure, with plans to invest in and install full-fiber broadband across the whole country.

Just 7% of UK premises have full-fiber connections.

Non-profit .org sold to private equity firm

The Internet Society – which states “The Internet is for everyone” as its vision – has sold the rights to the .org registry to private equity company called Ethos Capital.

The move has proved controversial considering the org registry has always been operated on a non-profit basis and is internationally recognized as so.

According to The Register, the organization that operates the .org registry, Public Interest Registry (PIR) has confirmed it will discard .org’s non-profit status.

Another source of controversy comes from the fact that early players in the internet space have long fought against increasing commercialization of the internet, however, the sale of the .org registry by The Internet Society seems not to support this cause.

.org has long been used for only non-profit organizations

Other tech news we’re reading:

  • PeeringDB has launched a search browser extension. “A very lightweight and simple extension to search for AS numbers, Networks, Facilities, and general queries in PeeringDB using the icon on the extension bar or the context menu.” (Foundations Newsletter)
  • For nearly a week, there have been near-total outages in access to the global internet in Iran, following protests against rising fuel prices. (Net Blocks)
  • A sensor-packed “skin” made from silicone could let you feel things in virtual reality. Whether it’s a parent “hugging” a child across seas, a player feeling a blow in a VR game, or users of prosthetic arms have a better sense of objects they’re holding, this is definitely tech we’ll see in the future. (MIT)
  • Orange will become the first mobile network operator to launch its own-brand 5G handset. The Neva Jet 5G smartphone is set to launch in Poland this year, then across Orange Group's European 5G networks as they switch on throughout 2020. (Total Telecom)
  • T-Mobile CEO John Legere is stepping down, though where he’s going remains unconfirmed. There were rumors of him going to WeWork, but are apparently untrue. (TechCrunch)
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