This Week In Tech And Telco: Death Of The Internet? 🌐

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Our weeks are always busy here at Radial Path. What about yours? Yeah, we get it. And that's why this round up exists! As always, there's a lot going off in the world of tech and telco. So read on. 👇

  • Uber and Lyft hit the stock markets: does this mark the end of the gig economy?
  • Huawei’s problems aren't with backdoors, but with bugs...
  • Hyperscale operators are boosting colocation - so surprise there.
  • And more.

Europe accidentally vote wrong way on copyright law

Several MEPs have said they accidentally voted the wrong way on a key amendment, meaning the most controversial aspects of a new copyright law might have been removed if it wasn't for their errors.

The directive brings sweeping changes to copyright legislation across Europe, with an effect on comparable to 2018’s General Data Protection Regulation.

But the most controversial aspects of the law are two provisions, originally known as articles 11 and 13 and referred to as the“link tax and upload filter” respectively by opponents.

People across Europe say the new copyright law will lead to "the death of the internet" and "the death of Memes".

As passed, Article 11 strengthens the copyright protections for news publishers against the re-use of their stories by internet companies. Whereas the much controversial Article 13 greatly increases the responsibility internet companies have to prevent their platforms being used for copyright infringement.

  • What do you make of the controversial new copyright law?

For Uber and Lyft, reality is arriving soon

Ride-sharing company Lyft begins trading on the stock market today. Soon, they will be joined by rival Uber.

Both companies will be worth tens of billions of dollars but neither are close to turning a profit. The floatations are being seen as a reckoning for the gig economy, as their business model does away with traditional employment in favor of dishing out small jobs via an app.

In 2018, Uber suffered a staggering net loss of $1.8bn. Lyft lost $911m. With revenues increasing, losses are narrowing, but there is still a long way to go.

The ride-sharing wars! Uber and Lyft conceptual road concept using toy cars.
Photographer: Thought Catalog | Source: Unsplash

Huawei’s $2bn software programme ‘not enough’ to ensure security, says UK

Huawei’s software engineering is creating “serious vulnerabilities” for network operators, says a report today from a UK government security agency.

The oversight board for the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) has discovered several hundred vulnerabilities and issues that it has reported to operators in the past year. “Some vulnerabilities identified in previous versions of products continue to exist,” it said.

The report says HCSEC can give “only limited assurance that the long-term security risks can be managed in the Huawei equipment currently deployed in the UK”.

However, no backdoors have been found in Huawei systems.

The report will hit not only Huawei’s business in the UK, but also that in other European countries, such as France and Germany, and in those countries – such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand – that work with the UK on intelligence issues.

In conclusion, the flaws in Huawei's code are related to "basic engineering competence and cyber security hygiene" and could be exploited by anyone.

The UK has previously advised only against using Huawei technology within core infrastructure.

Hyperscale Operators drive Colocation market

Hyperscale operators are the fastest growing customer category for colocation providers, according to new data from the Synergy Research Group.

For both wholesale and retail colocation, 2018 revenue from hyperscale customers grew much more rapidly than revenues from other service provider customers and from enterprises.

While the overall colocation market grew by 10% in 2018, revenues from hyperscale operators grew by 24% in the wholesale segment of the market and by 16% in the retail segment.

Other types of service provider were the next fastest growing customer category, followed by enterprise customers. Enterprise spending on wholesale colocation was relatively flat in 2018 compared to 2017, while enterprise spending on retail colocation grew by 7%.

Homelab backbone
Photographer: Thomas Jensen | Source: Unsplash

Over 100 operators have launched IoT networks

More than 100 operators in 52 countries have already launched one of the main two low-power networks for internet of things (IoT), according to a new report.

The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) says that 20 of them, in 19 countries, have launched both technologies – Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M, which is the machine-to-machine (M2) version of 4G.

Together they are classified as low power wide area networks (LPWANs), and both are part of official mobile technology standards.

GSA president Joe Barrett said: “The global momentum behind LPWAN deployments is testament to the revenue opportunities which operators are racing to win and monetize in a diverse range of new IoT applications.”

Got more spare time?

  • Blockchain spending in Europe will surpass more than $800 million (€712.6 million) this year, making the continent one of the fastest growing regions for blockchain spending in the world. (Mobile Europe)
  • Microsoft announced general availability of its Azure Data Box Edge and the Azure Data Box Gateway for on-premise deployment. Data Box Edge, which is described as an on-premises anchor point for Azure, is offered on a pay-as-you-go basis, just like any other Azure service and the hardware is included. (Converge! Network Digest)
  • Saudi Arabia is set to launch commercial 5G services to consumers in the second quarter of 2019. The Saudi Telecom Company has unveiled the world's first Multi-Vendor Integration Verification for its 5G network, blending Huawei and Cisco cores with Ericsson and Nokia supplied Radio Access Networks. (Total Telecom)
  • A new Portsmouth-based ISP called toob, which we reported last month had been created by several of Vodafone’s former directors and planned to roll-out a 900Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband network to 100,000 UK premises by the end of 2021 (here), has secured a huge investment of £75m. (ISP Review)

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