This is a busy time for mobile operators, both large and small. The march toward 5G deployment is underway for most large mobile operators while small and mid-size operators are pushing toward the deployment of IP Multimedia Systems (IMS) for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) operation. VoLTE allows operators to phase out 3G voice service by […]
The formation of an international pandemic contact tracing standards group was announced yesterday. Designated E4P, it is being established as an open public-private initiative under ETSI to “develop a framework and consistent set of specifications for proximity tracing systems, to enable the development of applications and platforms, and to facilitate international interoperability” that also provide for privacy […]
A LI standards colleague brought to our attention that without most people realizing it, the FCC had on its own created a new CALEA rulemaking proceeding with a proposed CALEA technical standard. CALEA as you probably know is the 1994 law in the U.S. that requires communication providers to have the technical capacity to provide […]
This past month on 03-06 March, the global industry sub-group that exists at the center of 5G security met virtually. It is known as SA3 within the 3GPP organization, and it met over a period of five days to deal with some of the most important 5G security requirements. 3GPP is a “partnership” created among […]
The Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020 has been submitted by the U.S. Congress to the White House for signing into law. It has been sitting there for several days now, but there are obviously more important developments demanding attention than a law compelling the Executive Branch to develop a 5G security strategy within 180 days […]
Setting the stage Every four years — as it has done for nearly a hundred years — the ITU-T as the world’s only global intergovernmental standards body for all telecommunication, invites its 196 sovereign state members to a meeting where they examine their work and set the stage for the next four years. There is […]
One of the most embarrassing and pernicious realities in the world of cybersecurity is the stark reality that some industry cybersecurity standards practices are themselves cyber threats. How so? Most industry and intergovernmental standards bodies serve as means for assembling the constantly evolving collective knowledge of participant experts and package the resulting specifications and best […]
There is considerable rhetoric propagated today about 5G security. Some of the more blatant assertions border on xenophobia with vague assertions that the 5G vendors from some countries cannot be trusted and wholesale government banning is required. Existing treaty obligations are being summarily abrogated in favor of bilateral trade bullying. These are practices that the […]
Broadband Consumer Privacy Changes and Implications for Internet Service Providers for Business Intelligence
On March 23, 2017, the Senate approved a resolution to undo Obama administration Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules relating to internet privacy and Internet Service Provider (ISP) ability to collect, use, and share this information which puts ISPs on equal footing with over-the-top (OTT) service providers like Google and Facebook under Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requirements.
The advent of digital telephony has revolutionized office communications. Now, instead of a single office number and extension numbers, each office desk phone could have its own direct dial number. Now, when somebody calls you, their desk number can be displayed and you know exactly who is calling you.