Mobile World Congress axed after firms quit over coronavirus fears

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The world’s largest mobile phone trade fair, Mobile World Congress, has been cancelled after scores of the world’s biggest technology and telecommunications companies pulled out over fears of the spread of the coronavirus. The MWC, which was due to be held in Barcelona on 24 February, was expecting more than 100,000 delegates from about 200 […]

Judge approves T-Mobile and Sprint merger, shrinking US mobile providers to three

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And then there were three. The number of US mobile phone provides looked set to shrink again on Tuesday as a federal judge rejected arguments that T-Mobile’s $26.5bn takeover of Sprint would mean less competition and higher phone bills. Though the deal still needs a few more approvals, T-Mobile expects to close it as early […]

Web browsing histories are being given to Australian police under data retention powers

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Law enforcement agencies are being provided with the web browsing histories of people under investigation using mandatory data retention powers, despite the federal government specifically excluding that practice in the legislation, the commonwealth ombudsman has warned. When the Coalition government passed mandatory data retention laws in 2015, the legislation explicitly ruled out forcing telecommunications companies […]

UK doing the wrong thing on Huawei, says Australian ex-spy

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Britain has done the wrong thing in allowing Huawei to supply it with 5G equipment because China cannot be prevented from exploiting the technology for mass surveillance, according to a senior former Australian spy. Simeon Gilding, a director of the Australian Signals Directorate until December, said his country’s intelligence agency was unable to design cybersecurity […]

UK Huawei decision appears to avert row with US

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Boris Johnson appears to have averted a full-blown confrontation with the White House over Huawei, after the government designated the Chinese technology firm a “high-risk vendor” and imposed a cap on its involvement in building the UK’s 5G telecoms network. The Trump administration had given a series of strongly worded warnings about the security risks […]

Johnson won’t say so, but the real decision about Huawei was made years ago | Alex Hern

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The odd thing about today’s decision to allow Huawei to help build the UK’s 5G network – albeit with the company’s overall involvement capped at 35% of the market – is that the real decision was made years ago. Because Huawei has already helped to build the UK’s 5G network, which is running in cities […]

Huawei decision ‘like allowing KGB to build UK phone network’ in cold war, says US senator – live news

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Leading Republicans in Washington have criticised the government’s decision. Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said it amounted to a “major defeat” for the US. (See 12.38pm.) Tom Cotton, a Republican senator, described the decision as like allowing the KGB to build the UK’s telephone network during the cold war. (See […]