Latest Telecommunications News

Ericsson will pay over $1 billion to resolve fraud case

Dec. 6, 2019 7:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sweden-based telecommunications company Ericsson will pay over $1 billion as part of a deal to resolve bribery conspiracy charges, prosecutors in New York said Friday. Prosecutors said Ericsson and the company's subsidiary Ericsson Egypt Limited were charged with conspiring to bribe...

State AGs look to head off T-Mobile-Sprint deal in court

Dec. 6, 2019 3:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-drama telecom deal is heading to court. T-Mobile, in its attempt to buy Sprint for $26.5 billion, has already notched approvals from key federal regulators. Now it must convince a federal judge that the 14 state attorneys general suing to stop the deal are wrong. A trial starts...

Sanders announces $150B plan to expand broadband access

Dec. 6, 2019 8:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is promising to invest $150 billion to bring high-speed internet to “every household in America” while breaking up and better regulating monopolies he says currently limit access to drive up their profits. The Vermont senator...

Portugal resists US appeal to bar Huawei from 5G network

Dec. 5, 2019 11:12 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal won’t exclude Chinese companies from supplying technology for the country’s next-generation 5G wireless network, senior Portuguese officials told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday. Portugal is the latest European Union country to resist U.S....

Huawei asks court to throw out US telecom funds ban

Dec. 5, 2019 12:04 AM EST

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is asking a U.S. federal court to throw out a rule that bars rural phone carriers from using government money to purchase its equipment on security grounds. The lawsuit announced Thursday is Huawei Technologies Ltd.’s second legal challenge this year...

Huawei moving US research center to Canada

Dec. 3, 2019 7:57 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The founder of Huawei says the Chinese tech giant is moving its U.S. research center to Canada due to American sanctions on the company. In an interview with Toronto’s Global and Mail newspaper, Ren Zhengfei said the move was necessary because Huawei would be blocked from interacting...

SC regulators investigate after landlines dead for a month

Nov. 30, 2019 12:49 PM EST

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina regulators are investigating whether a communications company is spending money properly after a small Georgetown County community didn’t have landline phone service for nearly a month. People who live in St. Luke, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of...

World markets mostly rise on trade optimism

Nov. 27, 2019 7:45 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — World shares mostly rose Wednesday, spurred by optimism over trade talks between the U.S. and China. Investors are meanwhile awaiting new U.S. home sales data, a key measure of inflation, and Washington’s latest quarterly estimate of economic growth. Britain’s FTSE 100 gained...

US proposes rules to vet all telecoms-related purchases

Nov. 27, 2019 5:23 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Department of Commerce has proposed requiring case-by-case approvals of all purchases of telecommunications equipment in a move likely to hit major Chinese suppliers like Huawei. The plan issued Tuesday follows President Donald Trump’s order in May declaring a national emergency...

Lee announces rural broadband expansion in West Tennessee

Nov. 26, 2019 7:47 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee and Comcast say a $2.4 million fiber network expansion will bring high-speed broadband internet to a rural West Tennessee county. Lee visited Tipton County on Monday to announce that about 2,200 homes and businesses in the area will now have access to broadband services....