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Telecoms firms have warned that bringing forward the date by which they must remove Huawei equipment from 5G networks risks significant service blackouts.
The warning came in response to questioning by Conservative MP Mark Francois during an evidence session for the Defence Sub-Committee with executives from BT and Vodafone.
Mobile giant Vodafone has said its European network will be powered by 100% renewable electricity by no later than July 2021.
Vodafone runs networks in 26 countries and offers cloud and colocation services via data centres in UK, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, US, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Chinese tech giant Huawei’s equipment will be stripped from the UK’s 5G network by 2027, adding millions to the cost and delaying the delivery of the high-speed mobile network.
The National Security Council took the decision – which will increase tensions with Beijing – after the impact of US sanctions raised concerns about Huawei’s continued involvement in the UK’s 5G infrastructure.
Companies are being asked to share ideas on how 5G terrestrial and space technology could be used to support the UK’s logistics businesses.
The call for proposals is part of a joint effort by the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), with hopes of increasing connectivity and closing the digital divide for businesses in the sector.
Edge infrastructure is critical to secure the future of telecoms. This is an industry in flux. Revenues are flattening as consumers demand more data at a static cost.
At the same time, OTT players such as Facebook and Netflix have created innovative, consumer-friendly services using existing telecom infrastructure. Edge presents an opportunity for the telco industry to carve out a new role for itself; one that it is best placed to own.
Telcos are in a strong position to capitalise on the edge. Unlike the existing data centre giants, they boast an extensive real estate footprint ripe for conversion.