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5G and Huawei: Mobile networks race ahead as government delays

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The game of 5G and geopolitics: What’s at stake?
The world’s most promising technology platform has become the grand prize in a game of global trade war. As China seizes prime platform territory, US allies find themselves caught in the crossfire. ZDNet’s Scott Fulton sits down with TechRepublic’s Karen Roby and shows us how anyone wins a game like this. Read more: https://zd.net/2WYnbBj

The government continues to delay its decision on whether Huawei equipment can be used in the UK’s 5G networks, but the country’s mobile operators are racing ahead with their rollouts anyway.

As they wait for the much-delayed publication of a government report, UK operators are rolling out Huawei kit as part of the drive to get their 5G networks live. All the main operators have promised to offer 5G this year, which means using Huawei equipment in their radio access networks.

SEE: IT pro’s guide to the evolution and impact of 5G technology (free PDF)

As Three told ZDNet: “If you want to launch 5G this year, they’re the only game in town.” Vodafone already has somewhere between 150 to 200 base stations deployed, and rising fast; ripping those out again would cost tens of millions of pounds. EE has said the first phase of its 5G network will run on top of the existing 4G network — using Huawei equipment as part of the radio access network.

When the UK’s mobile operators were designing their 5G networks, the use of Huawei equipment was relatively uncontroversial, as the Chinese company’s hardware has been used in UK mobile networks for many years.

But in the last 18 months, the US has become increasingly vocal about its concerns over the potential security risks involved. It has argued that using Huawei equipment risks giving the Chinese state a backdoor into networks, which could allow it to spy with ease. Huawei has denied that this would be possible, and the US has so far provided no evidence to back up its claims. Nonetheless, the US has been putting pressure on its allies, including the UK, to stop using Huawei kit.

The bigger problem for UK networks is not where they will spend their money but where they’ve spent it already. Initially, 5G networks have to ride on the back of 4G networks — and Huawei is already a key part of their 4G infrastructure. No Huawei equipment for 5G means disrupting 4G networks too, so it’s no surprise that the operators are gambling on the UK government green-lighting its use in less critical parts of their networks.

DCMS delay

The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) is currently working on a supply chain review that will decide whether Huawei equipment should be used in UK 5G networks. But the UK’s mobile operators aren’t waiting (although they have held back from offering Huawei 5G handsets because of President Trump’s ban on the company accessing sensitive US technology).

The DCMS review was due out first in the spring of this year; it then slid into the summer, and now is expected to be published some time later this year — presumably after the new Prime Minister is confirmed in office.

It’s not clear how the two candidates for Prime Minister will respond to the review. When the news first leaked that, following the review, the government was likely to allow Huawei’s equipment to be used in non-critical parts of UK 5G networks, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was reportedly among those who voiced their disapproval. The other candidate, Boris Johnson, was not in the Cabinet at the time.

SEE: 10 tips for new cybersecurity pros (free PDF)    

The UK’s cybersecurity agency has said it has seen no evidence of malevolent activities by Huawei. While it has criticised poor engineering practices and said that ‘serious vulnerabilities’ have been discovered in Huawei kit, it also said that the risk of doing business with the Chinese networking giant was manageable. And President Trump has hinted that the current row over Huawei may be resolved if the ongoing trade talks with China can be resolved to his satisfaction.

However, as both prime ministerial candidates have promised that they will conclude the UK’s departure from the European Union — Brexit — by the end of October, it’s not clear how much time the new PM will have to spend on decisions about telecoms infrastructure.

In the end, the new PM’s decision will involve a big chunk of politics. Just as the UK is completing its highly controversial exit from the EU, it will have to decide whether to upset the US by allowing the use of Huawei equipment or to annoy China by banning it.

For a country looking to navigate the world on its own after nearly 50 years in the EU, the decision about Huawei could say a lot about how the UK sees its future place in the world.

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Today’s Wordle Answer #472 – October 4, 2022 Solution And Hints

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The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#472 – October 4, 2022) is bough, which is what you call a branch, especially the main branch, of a tree. The word bough has roots (no pun intended) in the Old English word “bōg,” which means shoulder, similar to Old High German’s “buog,” which means the same thing (via Etymonline). There’s a popular Roman myth about the Golden Bough, which is a tree branch with golden leaves that enabled the trojan hero Aeneas to travel safely through the land of the dead. 

We solved the puzzle in three tries today, kicking things off with an expert-endorsed starter word, slate. We tried the word brush next, which turned out to be a really lucky guess with three green tiles. The answer was apparent by the third guess, and since we also solved the puzzle in three guesses yesterday, that begins a three-try streak that we hope we can continue tomorrow!

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How To Display iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island On Any Android Device

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You can also choose whether to display the cutout at the center of the display (for hole-punch cameras on the center of the display) or on the left for cameras placed in the corner. Remember that as you increase or decrease the cutout size, the icons shown in it will also scale to match. Thankfully, the app gives you a preview of the cutout when you are changing the settings.

You can also modify gestures such as single tap or long press. Dynamic Spot also allows you to change the default time, after which the pop-up automatically disappears. Additionally, you can fiddle with a lot of appearance-related settings, such as the animation when the Dynamic Island clone pops up or unfolds.

Just as on the iPhone 14 Pro, the Dynamic Spot on your Android app will show the app icon when a new notification arrives. You may selectively choose which apps display the notifications or allow all apps of them. You can also tap on the app’s icon to open the notification or long-press the icon to preview the notification.

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The 10 Wildest Features Of The Mercedes Maybach Off-Roader

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Sustainability is a word on every car manufacturer’s radar right now, with more focus being given to the idea of eco-friendly vehicles than ever before. The Off-Roader plays into that theme by featuring a prominent set of solar panels mounted on its hood, which could be used to generate power to extend the range of the car. It’s worth pointing out that this is all hypothetical, as the show car is non-functional, and has no drivetrain. Mercedes is keen to stress, though, that if the car did have a drivetrain, it would be all-electric, although no detail is given on the power or range that would be available to drivers.

The solar panels are interwoven with yet more Maybach logos, and their tinted finish makes them blend in almost seamlessly with the rest of the hood. It’s been pointed out by industry analysts that adding solar panels to cars is not always as environmentally friendly as it might seem, as the panels are only able to generate a very small amount of power. That power can easily be consumed by the added A/C strain caused by parking a car out in the sun all day to charge it. Car-mounted solar panels might be a flawed idea in practice, but even so, it’s interesting to see how Abloh was able to inconspicuously add them in without compromising the overall look of the car.

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