This Week In Tech And Telco: As Old Tech Thrives, New Meets Controversy
Welcome back to the weekly tech and telco round up! And Happy St. David's day for any Welsh readers we might have.
With Mobile World Congress happening this week, there's never been more to report on. But lucky for those of you who have already crawled through listicle after listicle for the most innovative, quirky and practical new gadgets, I'm keeping focus on Telco. So read on for your weekly dose of news (that I'm sure has been missed due to swathes of tech stories):
In an attempt to repair its image, Huawei has taken out a full-page advert in the Wall Street Journal inviting American media to visit its facilities and meet staff.
The open letter, addressed to the US media, starts and ends with “Don’t believe everything you hear”. The move follows months of allegations from the US government who has been pressuring its allies to shun Huawei equipment on the grounds of national security.
"I am writing to you in the hopes that we can come to understand each other better. In recent years, the US government has developed some misunderstandings about us," Ms Chen, director of the board at Huawei, wrote.
The UK's National Cyber Security Centre, however, advised British telcos to keep Huawei out of the core of your 5G networks, but you are OK to use its equipment at phone masts as part of the mix of suppliers, whereas the company’s tech has been banned in the US, Australia and New Zealand.
— Adam Janofsky (@AdamJanofsky) February 28, 2019
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has defended the company's US$479 million contract with the U.S. military following controversy from employees.
While addressing the issue during an exclusive interview with CNN Business at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Nadella said Microsoft would engage with employees and consider the company's role as a corporate citizen but would not “withhold the technology from institutions in democracies elected to preserve the freedoms of their citizens, TechNewsWorld reported.
New rules, announced last year by the UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) come into force today.
The new rules are designed to protect consumers from overpriced broadband contracts - providers will now be required to inform customers of a minimum guaranteed speed. If the provider fails to deliver on its promise, customers will be allowed to cancel their contracts after 30 days penalty-free.
Providers were previously able to advertise speeds reached by as few as 10% of their customers. However, Ofcom has since changed the rules to require companies to advertise speeds reached by at least 50% of their customers during peak hours.
EdgeConneX's expansion into Poland now includes access to an internet exchange, Polish IX. EPIX has launched a node within EdgeConneX's Warsaw data center, which it bought a little over three months ago. Bringing in an IX partner to help facilitate interconnections between its tenants is a core piece of EdgeConneX's model, while they have identified Europe as a key place for this due to increased adoption of hybrid cloud, data regulations and the ability to be the gateway into neighboring countries.
A new experiment has achieved a record fiber optic cable capacity of 26.2 terabits per second (tbps) across more than 6,000 km of a transatlantic fiber optic cable jointly owned by Facebook and Microsoft.
This demonstrates a 20% improvement of what the cable, which is the world’s highest capacity undersea cable, was originally thought to be capable of, according to the Verge.
A team of researchers from US-based telecommunication equipment company Infinera smashed through efficiency records for data transfer while testing an emerging approach for how the light signals are transmitted -- called 16QAM modulation.
Researchers believe that the new method could increase network capacity without requiring new cables, which can cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build.