Latest Telecommunications News

Blackouts hit Northern California again during fire danger

Nov. 20, 2019 9:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric turned off electricity Wednesday for about 120,000 people in Northern California to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires during a new bout of windy, warm weather. However, favorable weather allowed the nation’s largest utility to drastically...

US again extends limited reprieve on tech sales to Huawei

Nov. 18, 2019 3:19 PM EST

The Trump administration has extended for 90 more days a limited reprieve on U.S. technology sales to Huawei. The U.S. government blacklisted the Chinese tech company in May, deeming it a national security risk. That means U.S. firms aren't allowed to sell technology to Huawei without government approval. The...

Colorful T-Mobile CEO leaving, even as Sprint deal not done

Nov. 18, 2019 1:25 PM EST

T-Mobile said Monday its colorful CEO John Legere is stepping down next year, even as the wireless company’s long-running effort to merge with rival Sprint remains unfinished. Its current president and chief operating officer, Mike Sievert, will become CEO in May after Legere’s contract ends....

Ailing ex-telecom executive Ebbers seeks release from prison

Nov. 15, 2019 1:55 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former telecommunications executive convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in U.S. history is asking a judge to shorten his prison sentence so he can be released as his health deteriorates. Bernard Ebbers led WorldCom, once one of the world’s largest...

UN links Kenyan military to attacks on Somalia’s top telecom

Nov. 15, 2019 9:04 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A new United Nations report says it has corroborated evidence of five attacks allegedly carried out by Kenya’s military on communication masts belonging to neighboring Somalia’s largest telecom provider. One attack killed two civilians in 2018. The report by the U.N....

The Latest: Police warn political candidates to take care

Nov. 15, 2019 6:17 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on campaigning for Britain’s general election (all times local): 10:45 a.m. British police are urging candidates in the Dec. 12 general election to use caution in a campaign that has already been marked by a high level of hostility. The National Police Chiefs’ Council...

Huawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after US ban

Nov. 15, 2019 4:00 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is selling its first folding smartphone without Google apps or U.S.-made processor chips following sanctions imposed by Washington. The Mate X, which unfolds to 14.6 centimeters (5.8 inches) wide, went on sale Friday on Huawei’s online store in China priced...

Huawei giving employees bonus for coping with US sanctions

Nov. 12, 2019 6:57 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Huawei is paying its employees bonuses totaling more than $285 million as thanks for helping the Chinese tech giant cope with U.S. sanctions that threaten its smartphone and other businesses. Huawei scrambled to remove U.S. components from its products following curbs announced in May on...

AP Interview: Huawei founder says US woes not hardest crisis

Nov. 9, 2019 9:09 PM EST

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — For decades, Huawei's founder stayed out of sight as it grew to become the biggest maker of network gear for phone carriers and passed Apple as the No. 2 smartphone brand. Now, Ren Zhengfei is shedding that anonymity as China's first global tech brand mobilizes to fight back against...

Got a weird text? A telecom vendor says it's to blame

Nov. 8, 2019 4:15 PM EST

If you woke up to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America's phones overnight, delivering confusing messages from friends, family and the occasional ex. Friends who hadn't talked to each other in months were jolted into chatting. Others briefly...