Intelligent CIO APAC Issue 1 - Page 18

NEWS Telstra unveils world-first enterprisegrade 5G solutions Telstra has launched a suite of enterprisegrade 5G solutions to the Australian market. Telstra enterprise customers can deploy Cradlepoint 5G wireless network Edge solutions – a series of adaptors and routers engineered to deliver the speed, security, reliability and manageability they require. Huawei stripped of role in UK’s 5G network Combined with Telstra’s 5G network and enterprise wireless service, they complete one of the world’s most comprehensive Enterprise 5G solutions, providing a real alternative to fixed connections for organizations. Telstra Enterprise Group Executive, Michael Ebeid, said customers within Telstra’s 5G network footprint would be able to take advantage of the game-changing benefits 5G can bring to their operations. “5G’s faster speeds, lower latency and greater network capacity has the potential to unlock a host of innovations and market opportunities – really revolutionising how organizations operate,” Ebeid said. “Telstra’s leading investment in our network coverage, coupled with these world-first Cradlepoint devices, give our customers a unique advantage. They can power a business’ cloud-based applications and remote working needs, without being connected to a fixed network. “These past few months have proved that mobility and adaptability are vital for all businesses. The ability to quickly power up a fast, reliable and powerful connectivity solution, when and where you need it, can mean the difference of being up and running in hours, not weeks.” The UK’s Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced that the country’s mobile providers are being banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after December 31. The Chinese company has been told by the British Government that it must also remove all of its 5G kit from its networks by 2027. Michael Downs, Director of Telecom Security at Positive Technologies, said: “The ongoing tug of war within the UK on Huawei’s involvement in its 5G networks has come to an end. Although the government isn’t stripping Huawei’s equipment straight away, the phased approach will have a marked effect on the telecoms industry, potentially costing billions because a lot of the major UK operators such as BT and Vodafone are already using its equipment, not just for 5G but previous generation networks as well. “Long term the decision to exclude Huawei cannot be solved with a solution as idealistically simple as just swapping it for an alternative vendor immediately. There is also the additional cost of delaying deployments, as companies have already gone through the process of testing 5G equipment from Huawei. “This whole process – including testing – will have to be started all over again. This will mean a more expensive network for the UK and a delay that could result in its national infrastructure being inferior compared to other countries.” • 18 INTELLIGENTCIO