China's Huawei given clean bill of health by UK security board

Could serve as model for governments, operators and equipment providers to work together on cyber security

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the telecoms equipment company whose products are now integral to various mobile and fixed-line networks, poses no threat to Britain's national security, a board established to monitor the company's operations said.

The world's second largest telecoms equipment maker set up an independent cyber security evaluation center in Oxford in 2010 in conjunction with the government to check whether its equipment could pose a threat to national security.

FCC inches toward reforming airwave auction discounts

Most complex and biggest auction yet is expected in 2016

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are moving forward with plans to change the rules for government airwaves auctions to prevent big companies from tapping a discount program intended for small businesses, according to an FCC official familiar with the matter.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday circulated a so-called "public notice" to the rest of the commissioners, seeking further comments on specific proposals for how to reform a bidding discount program that has recently come under fire, the official said.

China's Huawei leads international patent filings: WIPO

Viewed as barometer of a country's technological progress, China sees double-digit growth in filings

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd became the world's No. 1 applicant for international patents in 2014, a United Nations agency said Thursday, underscoring the innovative strides made by Chinese technology companies.

Huawei was followed by San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm Inc while Huawei's crosstown rival ZTE Corp, which was the world's leading applicant in 2012, took third place in its number of filings, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

U.S labor board says some T-Mobile policies are illegal

NLRB says 'revise or rescind the unlawful rules'

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. National Labor Relations Board ruled that certain labor policies of wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc were unfair, including some practices that discouraged workers from organizing.

NLRB Judge Christine Dibble said in an order on Wednesday that several provisions in T-Mobile's employee handbook, code of conduct, confidentiality agreement and form asking employee's to comply with unlawful work rules were unfair labor practices.

Boeing eyes satellite deal with tech giant this year

Aims to drive down the cost of satellite comms to compete with terrestrial price points

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co on Monday said it could clinch a deal this year to build a high-throughput communications satellite for top technology companies such as Google Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc or Apple Inc.

Jim Simpson, vice president of business development and chief strategist for Boeing Network and Space Systems, told Reuters the big technology firms were keen to expand Internet access around the world to help them grow.

Orange to boost network investments to fuel recovery by 2018

Follows similar moves by Deutsche Telekom and Britain's Vodafone

Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - France's Orange will plow 15 billion euros ($15.9 billion) into upgrading networks until 2018 to differentiate itself from rivals in a price war in its domestic market.

Orange, Europe's fifth-largest telecom operator by market value, also said that it would take until 2018 for its sales and core operating profit to exceed 2014 levels.

France's low-cost telco Iliad aims to raise operating profit by 10 percent

With mobile push, Iliad has had to contend with sharper competition in its core broadband market

Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - French telecoms group Iliad pledged to raise operating profit by 10 percent this year after it reached a 15 percent market share in mobile three years after shaking up the market with low-cost, no-contract plans.

Founded and majority-owned by billionaire Xavier Niel, Iliad sparked a price war in mobile in 2012, forcing larger rivals Orange, Numericable-SFR and Bouygues Telecom to cut costs to cope.

U.S. telecoms firm IDT establishes direct connection with Cuba

First commercial accord realized since the December rapprochement

Reuters

HAVANA (Reuters) - Direct telephone connections between the United States and Cuba have been established under the first commercial accord realized since the December rapprochement between the two longtime adversaries, Cuba's national telecom provider said on Wednesday.

The U.S.-based IDT Corp reached an agreement with Cuba's Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A. (ETECSA) to provide direct international long distance telephony.

Computing, telecoms industries set on collision course

At the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, the brewing battle was apparent

Reuters

(Reuters) - Telecom network gear makers are on a collision course with Silicon Valley computing giants as software and cloud computing have begun to change the way operators from AT&T to China Mobile run their networks.

The shift, while in its early stages, involves relying on ever cheaper computer boxes and powerful software that promises to make networks more flexible and efficient.

Neustar faces loss of contract after FCC staff recommendation

Since 1997, Neustar has managed the world's largest local number portability registry

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission staff on Wednesday recommended that the agency drop Neustar Inc in favor of Ericsson AB subsidiary Telcordia Technologies as a contractor that helps telephone carriers route calls and text messages.

Neustar's shares slid as much as 17 percent on the news. The exclusive government contract, which expires on June 30, accounts for about half of the company's revenues.

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