Vodafone launches limited 5G services in 20 German cities and towns

Vodafone is following a dual vendor strategy for its 5G networks; given its security concerns consumer data could probably be at stake especially if it is routed through Chinese servers. On Tuesday, Vodafone stated it was launching 5G services in Germany. The development sees Vodafone offering cheaper deals than industry leader Deutsche Telekom; its services…

ZTE follows Huawei’s footsteps, opens cybersecurity lab in Brussels

Huawei and ZTE are striving to increase transparency regarding their products in order to mitigate allegations of espionage. It is not clear whether these lab tests will cover re-routing of data through servers located in China, thus compromising unencrypted data. In a significant development, embattled Chinese telecom vendor ZTE opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels,…

FCC bars China Mobile’s bid to operate in the United States

The FCC will now shift its focus on existing Chinese carriers including China Unicom and China Telecom Corp. In a significant development, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), voted unanimously to block China Mobile Ltd’s bid to provide communication services in the United States citing risks of espionage. China Mobile is owned by the Chinese government.…

Vodafone found security vulnerabilities in Huawei equipment in 2011 & 2012

While software vulnerabilities are a common occurrence and Huawei was quick to patch them, what the Chinese telecom equipment maker keeps side stepping is the fact that it cannot avoid being a vehicle for Chinese intelligence since it has to comply to China’s 2017 cybersecurity law. On Tuesday, Europe’s biggest telecom group Vodafone stated, it…

Pentagon talking to Nokia & Ericsson on 5G solutions

Military to military discussions on future 5G networks are going well, said Ellen Lord, the Department of Defense’s under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. With the United States determined to secure and position itself for the next generation of 5G devices, it is conscientiously pushing away Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies, which…