The U.K. government will ban Huawei from its 5G networks — barring telecom companies from purchasing equipment made by the Chinese firm — in a move that is a sharp u-turn from its previous stance and a major diplomatic win for the Trump administration and the U.S.
Network operators in the country will be forced to stop buying hardware from the Chinese telecom equipment maker by the end of the year and will have until 2027 to strip out existing Huawei devices from their infrastructure, U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the parliament.
The move is a reversal from a January decision, which allowed limited use of Huawei equipment in the country’s next-generation 5G mobile networks and angered U.S. President Donald Trump.
The U.K. government had initiated a review of Huawei after sanctions issued on the company by the U.S. in May restricting it from sourcing key components from American suppliers.
Following the sanctions, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre had determined that Huawei’s equipment could no longer be considered safe as it had to rely on non-US components.
Despite the ban, telecom operators in the country will not be expected to remove older 2G, 3G or 4G equipment made by Huawei.
The U.K government’s decision follows U.S. pressure on European governments to bar Huawei devices from being used in their 5G networks.
“This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the U.K.’s telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy both now and indeed in the long run,” U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the parliament.
£2 billion. That is how much the ban on Huawei would cost the U.K government according to Dowden as it would result in a delay of up to three years in the country’s planned 5G rollout.
Motorola Solution Launches Two-Way Radio in Africa
Motorola Solution Launches Two-Way Radio in Africa
Motorola Solution has launched a new two-way radio device for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in sub-Saharan African countries.
The new MOTOTRBO DP540 is a two-way portal radio for small and medium businesses that want to make use of digital technology to communicate with great ease and efficiency.
In the present economy, small and medium enterprises crave ease and fast communication devices that are affordable in order to address their business needs.
According to Motorola Solution, the company has developed a perfect tool that users who are in need of a digital radio that offers all the benefits of digital technology can use.
Laurent Tribout, Director, Motorola Solutions indirect sales for Sub-Saharan Africa, when giving speech on the product, said “the new device, available through certified Motorola Solutions resellers in sub-Saharan Africa, is based on the ETSI Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Standard, proven worldwide in affordable digital systems with low complexity.
“In today’s economy, small and medium businesses are constantly under pressure to deliver more, and deliver fast, all while keeping a conscious mind on reducing costs. With this in mind, we’ve developed a communication solution that holds all the necessary features in one affordable device”
Tribout also said that “One of the risks of migrating from analogue to digital technology is the transition period, which can potentially interrupt business operations.To make this transition smooth and easy, the MOTOTRBO DP540 can operate on both digital and analogue modes. In this way, radio users can operate and communicate on their new MOTOTRBO DP540 radios while on the job, as the business transitions to digital technology.”
“Many mission-critical work areas, healthcare workers rely on two-way radio communication for many of their daily tasks. Whether it’s coordinating patient arrivals, or briefing an ambulance team on the way to a scene.”
“The compact, ruggedly-engineered device is built to withstand harsh conditions and resist corrosion even in the saltiest environments such as seaports and harbours. It boasts superior audio output and unique features, such as voice announcement customization, allowing users to customize the default voice announcement languages using their own audio files. MOTOTRBO™ DP540 is also built for multi-language working environments, with special audio profiles designed to deliver enhanced audio quality when speaking languages with distinct rolled “R”s such as French or Afrikaans.”
“The portfolio of MOTOTRBO devices, including the new DP540 model, is equipped with a Voice-activated Transmit (VOX) feature, which allows users to operate their radio without the need to press the Push-To-Talk (PTT) button, along with compatible earpieces designed for handsfree operation, healthcare workers and other essential workers can keep their hands free and clean.”
NLC, Telecoms Union Give MTN Two Weeks to Amend Anti-Labour Practices
NLC, Telecoms Union Issued MTN Two Weeks to Amend Anti-Labour Practices
The Nigeria Labour Congress in collaboration with the Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN) has threatened to embark on two weeks of industrial action if MTN Nigeria failed to amend its anti-labour practices.
According to the union, MTN Nigeria must discontinue with expatriates doing what Nigerians can do. Also, the union accused the telecommunications giant of using Nigerians as mainly casual workers and contract staff, yet overworked them.
The union said “We have called you here to let the world know about the unfortunate events in MTN Nigeria which if not quickly apprehended and mediated may portend great danger to the industrial relations clime within MTN Nigeria. We shall also be using this opportunity to inform the management of MTN of the consequences to industrial peace within its organisation if our demands are not met within 14 Days from this day.
“The Chief Executive Officer of the company whose priority should be organisational growth and sustainability which ought to make workers’ welfare, concerns and grievances paramount has abandoned this vital responsibility. He has rebuffed several calls by the workers and their Union representatives to meet with him on critical issues facing workers in the company.
“MTN practices an unwholesome, insensitive, and discriminatory structure in the emoluments of some categories of workers. Workers on the same job level earn disproportionately. In many cases, members of a team earn more than their team leads and even more than their direct managers,” the union alleged.
It added, “Non-payment of severance benefits at the point of departure of employees after long years of dedicated and uninterrupted services to the company has become a deep frustrating practice to the live long guarantees for workers in MTN.
“The company claims it has not been paying exiting employees severance benefits, hence, it cannot be a matter for negotiation with the union despite the fact that social dialogue demands that all matters without exception concerning workers in the workplace are subject to negotiation.
“The rate at which companies in the telecommunications sector import excessive manpower to the country to do jobs Nigerians are not lacking in competence is alarming. It is becoming pervasive in MTN Nigeria as well.
“We have several expatriates in the company who do exactly what Nigerians do. Most of these expatriates are trained by Nigerians and we still wonder how the permits for these individuals were approved.”
The union warned that if MTN Nigeria failed to comply with its demands or source for another alternative to satisfy their business interest, it would embark on two weeks of industrial action starting from August 24, 2020 to disrupt the company’s operations.
ICT Infrastructure Powers by 32,800 Power Generators Says Pantami
32,800 Power Generators in the ICT Sector Says Pantami
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has said the Information and Communications Technology sector’s major challenge is constant electricity.
According to the minister, who spoke at the inauguration of 11 ICT projects executed by agencies in Abuja, ICT companies are spending a huge amount of money in powering their infrastructure and ensuring constant service to their broad esteem customers.
He said over 32,800 power generators are used to power infrastructure in the ICT sector alone despite having a power grid.
Responding to some of the concerns raised by Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, on the need to improve growth in the sector, enhance security and boost the economy, Pantami explained that the main challenges holding the sector back were right-of-way issues and power constraints.
He said, “With regards to the issue of backbone, particularly broadband, I think it is an excellent observation.
“The intervention of the President on the right-of-way, vandalism, which we were able to resolve, is to improve the quality of service.
“The major challenges affecting the quality of service in Nigeria, one is with regards to vandalism of infrastructure. Two, with due apologies to our colleague here, the minister of power, is the issue of power, which is beyond our control.”
Pantami added, “You may wish to know that today in Nigeria most of our facilities in the sector are being powered by generators and they are supposed to be on the power grid.
“Based on the report I have received; we have over 32,800 generators all over the country powering the facilities while they (facilities) have been denied to be powered by the power grid.”
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