Category: Business / Telecoms

September 20, 2019

We All Could Pay a Price for the Latest Slap at Huawei

An international cybersecurity group has evicted the Chinese telecom company to comply with US sanctions. That could allow malware to spread more easily.

by Klint Finley in Business
August 30, 2019

Unlicensed Signal Boosters Get a Boost From Amazon

Cell phone signal boosters can disrupt entire networks, which is why they’re tightly regulated by the FCC. But it’s all too easy to find unauthorized devices online.

by Louise Matsakis in Business
August 20, 2019

Think Video on Your Phone Is Slow? It’s Not Your Imagination

A study by Northeastern University researchers found that major wireless carriers sometimes limit video to DVD-quality, even on some “unlimited” plans.

by Klint Finley in Business
August 5, 2019

Huawei’s Latest Earnings Mask Its Trouble Outside China

Huawei last week touted a 23% increase in first-half revenue, despite US sanctions. But smartphone sales fell outside its home country.

by Kyle Mullin in Business
July 31, 2019

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

Washington disputes get the headlines, but much US telecom policy is determined by states and cities. A nonprofit has catalogued the rules and put them online.

by Klint Finley in Business
July 26, 2019

The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward

The Justice Department approved the $26.5 billion deal, with conditions. But it still faces a lawsuit from 13 states and DC.

by Klint Finley Scott Thurm in Business
July 25, 2019

Apple Is Buying Intel’s Modem Unit to Control Its 5G Destiny

Apple said it is buying the Intel unit that makes smartphone modems. The deal allows the iPhone maker to further customize the components inside its devices.

by Tom Simonite in Business
July 18, 2019

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

The European Commission fined chipmaker Qualcomm €242 million for luring Chinese phone makers with low prices, forcing a British rival out of the market.

by Gregory Barber in Business
July 16, 2019

That Global Ban on Huawei? Not So Much Anymore

A UK committee declines to recommend banning Huawei from the nation’s telecom networks, as the US prepares to permit some sales to the Chinese company.

by Klint Finley in Business
July 1, 2019

Surprise! Huawei Can Actually Innovate—and Win Fans

The Chinese company is viewed as a copycat and national-security threat. But it took more than low prices to create the largest maker of telecom gear.

by Klint Finley in Business