New Zealand blocks Huawei imports over ‘significant security risk’

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New Zealand’s security services have blocked China’s Huawei from supplying mobile network kit to a domestic company on national security grounds, in the latest blow for the world’s largest telecoms equipment firm. Spark New Zealand said in a statement on Wednesday it was not able to use Huawei’s equipment in its 5G mobile network towers […]

Rise in gambling ad spend fuels fears over impact on children

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The gambling industry’s spending on marketing surged to £1.5bn last year, prompting renewed warnings about the impact on children, days after a report revealed a steep rise in the number of under-18 problem gamblers. A study for GambleAware, the UK’s leading gambling charity, found that betting companies have increased their marketing spend by 56% since […]

EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3m for overcharging customers

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Virgin Media and EE have been fined more than £13m by Ofcom for overcharging customers who cancelled their phone and broadband contracts early. Virgin Media immediately said it would appeal against the telecoms regulator’s “unreasonable, unjustified and disproportionate” £7m fine. EE, which was responsible for overcharging nearly 80% of the almost 500,000 customers affected across […]

UK refusal to cooperate with Belgian hacking inquiry condemned

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The UK government has been accused of endangering diplomatic relations with Belgium after its “exceptional” refusal to cooperate with an inquiry into GCHQ’s alleged hacking of Belgacom, the country’s biggest telecoms company. For at least two years ending in 2013, the British intelligence service was probably spying within the state-owned company’s networks on the instruction […]

Mobile phone firms could be forced to switch customer contracts

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Mobile phone companies could be forced to automatically move out-of-contract customers to lower monthly tariffs, under new rules proposed by the telecoms regulator to stop consumers being overcharged for handsets. In the face of increasing pressure to reduce overcharging, Ofcom has called on the big mobile phone operators to be fairer and more transparent with […]