Navy information experts focus on large military networks, how to harden them, and provide cyber security | Military & Aerospace Electronics


Aaron Weis, who became the Navy CIO in September, said during a March 2 keynote luncheon at the AFCEA West 2020 conference in San Diego that the service’s networks were overly complex and, therefore, difficult to defend. “I would argue our networks are holding us back,” he said.

And on the topic of cyber security, he said “the Department of Navy is losing our information every day to our adversaries. We’re leaking our information out whether it’s from direct exfiltration or through the defense industrial base.”

Source: Navy information cyber security | Military & Aerospace Electronics

Army asks Perspecta Labs for autonomous cyber defenses to tactical networks using artificial intelligence | Military & Aerospace Electronics


U.S. Army trusted-computing experts needed autonomous cyber defenses for tactical networks and communications that capitalize on artificial intelligence and machine learning. They found their solution from Perspecta Labs Inc. in Basking Ridge, N.J.

Army researchers are asking Perspecta for cyber technology to secure automated network decisions and defend against adaptive autonomous cyber attackers at machine speed.

Source: trusted computing cyber defenses tactical networks | Military & Aerospace Electronics

Coronavirus work-at-home puts unprecedented pressure on DOD networks, raising worries about cyber attack | Military & Aerospace Electronics


“Given the increased telework demand, we’ve seen a tremendous increase on the network. Unprecedented demand just over the last weekend or so,” Essye Miller, said.

She explained that, as a result of the increased demand on the DOD networks, they are asking that streaming services such as Pandora be limited if they are not mission essential. She also noted that access to YouTube will be blocked.

Source: coronavirus cyber attack DOD networks | Military & Aerospace Electronics

Smart and Secure Embedded Solutions for IoT Design | EE Times


Microchip Technology Inc. has launched a range of IoT solutions for rapid prototyping by using cloud connectivity for all integrated microcontroller solutions.

IoT design is characterized by pairing the appropriate microcontroller solutions with the ideal connection protocol for your application. Microchip Technology Inc. announced a line-up of full-stack, embedded development solutions that provide any number of such combinations.

The line ranges from the smallest PIC and AVR microcontrollers (MCUs) for sensors and actuators, to 32-bit MCU gateway and microprocessor (MPU) solutions for edge computing. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or 5G narrowband technologies, all while maintaining a security foundation with support from its Trust Platform for the CryptoAuthentication family.

Source: Smart and Secure Embedded Solutions for IoT Design | EE Times

International OTT voice traffic tops 1tn minutes in 2019


International over-the-top (OTT) voice traffic reached 1 trillion minutes in 2019, compared to just 432 billion minutes of international carrier traffic.

According to TeleGeography, the new figures come as a result of its annual update to its report and database with refreshed pricing, revenues, traffic volumes and other key performance indicators (KPIs) in the international voice market.

Other key findings from the updated report show that international voice revenues are estimated to have declined from $99 billion at their peak in 2012 to just $60 billion in 2019.

Source: International OTT voice traffic tops 1tn minutes in 2019

NetNumber highlights 5G core challenge | Light Reading

Progressive mobile operators are preparing to roll out next-generation 5G core systems as they migrate towards standalone 5G deployments, but that evolutionary move will bring some particular data management challenges, according to Steve Legge, chief operating officer at NetNumber.

NetNumber has been providing subscriber data management (SDM) systems to mobile operators for years, and has more than 200 operators using its various SDM and signalling security tools. Legge says that gives it plenty of experience in data management strategies and he’s concerned there isn’t enough focus currently on how operators will manage their data once they have deployed a next-generation core platform.

Source: NetNumber highlights 5G core challenge | Light Reading

The mysterious case of the vanishing Chinese customers | Light Reading

China’s usually reclusive telco bosses made their annual foray into the spotlight this week. This is what we learned.

China is going all out on 5G construction
The headline may not be new, but the numbers are.

The big three telcos are ready to sink around 180 billion yuan ($25.5 billion) into their 5G rollouts in 2020. That’s more than four times the 2019 level.

It’s not clear whether this is something long planned, or whether it flows from the party leadership directive to double down on 5G and boost the virus-stricken economy. (See China 5G: Unicom and Telecom speed up rollout.)

However, analysts have complained that the aggregate rise in capex was short of expectations, suggesting that operators have shifted some spend from other items to 5G.

Source: The mysterious case of the vanishing Chinese customers | Light Reading

Even COVID-19 can’t stop Huawei, says founder | Light Reading

Not even a deadly virus originating on its home turf can upset Huawei, it seems. The Chinese equipment giant has already weathered the storm of US sanctions, coped with the detention on Canadian soil of its chief financial officer and shrugged off suggestions it spies for the Chinese government. Now it’s bounced back from COVID-19 with enviable speed.

Already a deeply suspicious character to his critics, Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s founder, will certainly not have endeared himself to US authorities in his latest media interviews with the Wall Street Journal and the South China Morning Post. While Europe and the US are braced for a long battle with what Donald Trump has called “the Chinese virus,” the Chinese vendor is bragging about its good health, flexing its giant R&D muscles and eyeing new sales opportunities outside its domestic market.

Of greatest alarm to Huawei’s opponents will be Ren’s boast about increasing R&D spending this year to a monstrous $20 billion, from $15 billion in 2019 (although Ryan Ding, the head of Huawei’s carrier business, told analysts and reporters in February that Huawei actually invested as much as $18 billion in R&D last year).

Source: Even COVID-19 can’t stop Huawei, says founder | Light Reading

Huawei vs. Xiaomi: How Two Giants Fueled China’s Growth | EE Times


Huawei and Xiaomi, two mobile handset suppliers, are key contributors to the upward trajectory of China’s electronics industry, but the two took quite different paths to get to where they are. Huawei has pursued a conservative, almost stodgy growth strategy, but current events are forcing it to become expansive, and do it quickly. Xiaomi is as ambitious as its competitors, but lacks influence; it has had to adopt a more freewheeling attitude just to survive.

How did they get that way, and where do they seem to be heading?

The 10-year period between 2005 and 2014 was a golden decade during which China’s mobile phone cottage industry rapidly sprang up. China gave birth to many new startups, all gunning for the mobile phone market.

Fast-forward to 2020: Players in the mobile industry have narrowed down to only a handful — namely Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo. They emerged as China’s four mobile phone giants competing in the global market.

As smartphone technology development exploded, Huawei/HiSilicon has rapidly ascended from a niche player to a 5G mobile chip powerhouse that could compete with Qualcomm.

The rise of China’s mobile phone is a microcosm of China’s prowess in terminal production and chip development. China now ranks among the leading suppliers of technology in the global market.

Source: Huawei vs. Xiaomi: How Two Giants Fueled China’s Growth | EE Times

5G Rollout Will Slow as Standards Work is Suspended | EE Times


The 5G rollout will grind to a slower pace with a decision by the 3GPP to suspend work on some crucial parts of the specification due to the impact of the novel coronavirus.

The delay had been signaled a few weeks earlier when the association announced it would cease all face-to-face meetings for at least three months.

The 3GPP — the global association responsible for standardizing the technology — has now confirmed that it would delay work on Stage 3 of Release 16, and, more worryingly, announced that Release 17 would also be delayed. Taken together, the moves mean stage 3 can not be frozen as a standard before September 2021. This, in practice, means no further functions can be added.

Source: 5G Rollout Will Slow as Standards Work is Suspended | EE Times