Mobile Technology and Wireless Communication News Headline Updated on 31 Jan 2020

The headline on 31 Jan 2020

Huawei overtook Apple as the second-largest smartphone maker in 2019. Source: Verge > Huawei overtakes Apple in annual race to Samsung’s smartphone crown

The EU has voted in favor of setting a standard for universal charging cables, which is likely to mostly impact Apple’s proprietary Lightning Cable. Source: Vice > Europe Just Voted in Favor of Making iPhone and Android Use the Same Charger

EU industry chief Thierry Breton on Friday welcomed U.S. comments on the bloc’s decision not to issue an outright ban on Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei while showing no signs of any change in the EU’s stance. Source: Reuters > EU welcomes Pompeo’s 5G comments, no sign of change to Huawei stance

The headline on 30 Jan 2020

BT is expecting a $650 million hit over the next five years from the U.K.’s decision to restrict Huawei in the nation’s broadband infrastructure. Source: Yahoo Finance > BT Sees $650 Million Hit from Britain’s New Limits on Huawei

Semtech Corporation announced the release of its Asset Tracking Reference Kit to accelerate the adoption of asset tracking solutions based on LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol. Source: Semtech Releases Reference Kit to Simplify Adoption of LoRa®-based Asset Tracking Solutions

The headline on 29 Jan 2020

Automation vendor Itential announced the availability of its Automation Studio, which is a low-code environment for rapid development of end-to-end automations across multi-vendor and multi-domain networks. Source: DevOps.com > Itential Democratizes Network Automation with Release of Automation Studio

NJFX announced that Telenor Maritime has expanded its U.S presence at its NJFX CLS campus to enable a direct connection to Norway. Source: Telenor Maritime To Establish Direct Connect From NJFX Cable Landing Station Campus to Norway

Analysts say Apple’s iPhone strength is back and sticking. Source: Reuters > Apple’s iPhone strength is back and analysts say it is here to stay

The European Union is following Britain’s lead and has recommended allowing Huawei to have a limited role in members’ 5G networks. Source: NYT > E.U. Recommends Limiting, but Not Banning, Huawei in 5G Rollout

Samsung announced the first 5G tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6 5G. Source: The Verge > Samsung’s upgraded Galaxy Tab S6 5G is the world’s first 5G tablet

The headline on 28 Jan 2020

Cisco announced the appointment of Dr. Lisa T. Su, AMD president and CEO, to its board of directors effective Monday. Source: Cisco Newsroom > Cisco Appoints AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa T. Su to Board of Directors

ServiceNow announced its new industry solutions strategy to deliver workflows that help companies in specific industries address their digital transformation challenges. Source: ServiceNow Introduces New Industry Solutions Strategy

Cisco has launched a new Internet of Things security architecture for Industrial IoT. Source: Cisco Launches a Comprehensive Security Architecture for Industrial IoT

A new report from Dell’Oro Group forecasts 5G mobile backhaul transport equipment revenue will hit $3 billion by 2024. Source: 5G Mobile Backhaul Transport Equipment Revenue Will Reach $3 Billion by 2024, According to Dell’Oro Group

The headline on 27 Jan 2020

AT&T is bringing interactive 5G experiences to Miami this weekend at its AT&T TV Super Saturday Night. Source: AT&T Technology Blog > AT&T Unlocks 5G in Miami for “Little Monsters” at AT&T TV Super Saturday Night

U.K. faces a critical choice this week in whether to allow China’s Huawei into the country’s next-generation wireless networks. Source: AP > UK faces choice on Huawei with global implications

Japan-based NEC is collaborating with Altiostar Networks to advance 5G-ready open virtualized RAN deployments for 4G and 5G. Source: NEC and Altiostar Collaborate to Advance Open vRAN Deployments for 4G and 5G

MWC Barcelona 2020 attendees will experience Cisco’s Wi-Fi 6 connectivity at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via. Source: Interesting Engineering > Fira Barcelona Gran Via Venue at the Forefront of Wi-Fi 6 Deployment in Europe

Mexican cable operator Megacable has joined the SCTE•ISBE Corporate Alliance Partner (CAP) program. Source: Megacable Becomes Newest SCTE•ISBE Corporate Alliance Partner

The headline on 24 Jan 2020

Broadcom has struck a new pact to supply Apple with chip components through mid-2023, in a deal worth $15 billion. Source: Bloomberg > Apple, Broadcom Strike $15 Billion Worth of Chip-Supply Deals

Verizon is partnering with Dignitas to launch the nation’s first 5G esports training facility, located at the carrier’s 5G Lab in Los Angeles. Source: Verizon and Dignitas partner to launch nation’s first 5G esports training facility

Following pushback from the Pentagon, U.S. Commerce Department officials have withdrawn proposed regulations that would have made it harder for U.S. companies to sell to Huawei. (WSJ > Pentagon Blocks Clampdown on Huawei Sales

Swisscom has signed a partnership agreement with FreeMove, an alliance of tier one operators in Europe that includes Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia and Telia Company. Source: Swisscom Joins FreeMove

New draft rules say smartphones and other devices sold in Russia must come pre-installed with software that promotes ‘traditional Russian values.’ Source: Reuters > Coming soon – the smartphone that promotes ‘Russian values’

Criterion Networks announced the availability of its Criterion SDCloud platform for service providers and managed service providers. Source: Criterion Networks Drives Network Transformation with On-demand SD-WAN Solution Environments

The headline on 23 Jan 2020

The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) announced the approval of a new Release 2 specification defining enhancements to the baseline CBRS Operational and Functional Requirements. Source: Wireless Innovation Forum Issues Next-Generation CBRS Standard

Verizon and Synchrony are launching a co-branded consumer credit card specifically for Verizon customers. Source: Verizon to offer new credit card in partnership with Synchrony

Pluribus Networks, along with Celestica, announced several new enhancements for telco and cloud customers who are building smaller data centers in order to deliver new services. Source: Yahoo Finance > Pluribus Networks Expands Distributed Cloud Portfolio with Support for Industry’s First Central Office Edge Compute Switch

The headline on 21 Jan 2020

Sprint announced a carrier agreement with Detroit’s Rocket Fiber to expand enterprise connectivity across Southeast Michigan. Source: Seeking Alpha > Sprint Teams Up With Rocket Fiber To Expand Connected Infrastructure For Tech-Centric Southeast Michigan

EU lawmakers call for rules to establish a common charger for all mobile device makers across Europe. Source: Reuters > EU lawmakers, with eye on Apple, call for common mobile charger

The headline on 21 Jan 2020

Apple Inc.is expected to unveil a new low-cost iPhone as early as March, as the company looks to address a wider swath of the global smartphone market ahead of its 5G handsets later this year. Source: Bloomberg Technology > New Low-Cost iPhone to Enter Mass Production in February

Lawmakers Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit the U.S. from sharing intelligence with any countries that use Huawei gear for 5G networks. Source: The Hill > GOP rep introduces bill to block intelligence sharing with countries using Huawei for 5G

Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Glasfaser will jointly use a single fiber-optic network in Lüdinghausen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Coesfeld district) for a FTTH pilot project. Source: Deutsche Telekom to use Deutsche Glasfaser’s open network

Adtran, Inc. announced on that Zzoomm is now delivering multi-gigabit services in the U.K. by using its 10G XGS PON gear. Source: Yahoo Finance > Zzoomm and ADTRAN Light a Bright Full Fibre Future for the UK

Chayora Holdings Limited (“Chayora”) and Telstra International (“Telstra”) formed a strategic partnership to deliver world-class colocation services and network connectivity in China. Source: Chayora > Telstra International and Chayora enter into strategic partnership to deliver world-class colocation and network connectivity services in China

Samsung Electronics Co. has appointed Taemoon Roh as the head of its smartphone division to oversight the world’s largest mobile devices business. Source: Bloomberg Technology > Samsung Engineering Maven to Lead World’s Top Phone Business

The extradition hearing for Huawei’s finance chief Meng Wanzhou begins in Canada. Lawyers for Huawei Technologies Co. executive Meng Wanzhou argued in a Canadian court against her extradition to the U.S., saying the sanctions against Iran that she is accused of violating aren’t enforced in Canada. Source: WSJ World > Huawei Executive’s Extradition Hearing in Canada Begins

Verizon has reaffirmed its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2035, demonstrates one way the private sector can address risks posed by climate change. Verizon Corporate Responsibility > Verizon reaffirms commitment to be carbon neutral by 2035