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

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

Open Source will speed technological innovation and enable the energy transition | EE Times


Growing and supporting renewable energy through a truly collaborative open-source initiative is the objective of LF Energy. LF Energy is a nonprofit, vendor-neutral initiative from The Linux Foundation with an action plan to modernize electrical systems worldwide through open frameworks, reference architectures, and a support ecosystem of complementary projects.

“Our mission is to accelerate the energy transition by hosting, building, facilitating and enabling the distributive computing paradigm as it relates to distributed energy resources. That is everything from control infrastructure to the foundations for new markets, micro-transactions, the edge devices, the whole thing,” said Shuli Goodman, executive director of LF Energy.

Source: Open Source will speed technological innovation and enable the energy transition | 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

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

Time Runs Short to Secure U.S. Elections | EE Times


The 2020 presidential election could now be endangered. On March 25, President Vladimir Putin suspended Russia’s upcoming referendum on constitutional amendments, including a measure that would allow him to remain in power through 2036. The referendum was scheduled for April 22. A new date has not been set.

The pandemic provided Putin a convenient excuse. That sets a dangerous precedent for western democracies, especially ours.

Source: Time Runs Short to Secure U.S. Elections | EE Times

Sustainable Space: Utopian Dream or Reality? | Via Satellite


The vision of sustainable space looks something like this: governments and private organizations supporting each other, working collaboratively to explore and mine opportunities, clean up debris and cooperate on deep-space missions. All while restraining themselves from doing anything to harm each other. But how feasible is this, considering stories about rogue military activities, or random cubesats littering Low-Earth Orbit?

Some commercial players see true sustainability as achievable, though a lot depends on international space agencies’ ability to rein in destructive unregulated activities, like the surprise India Anti-Satellite (ASAT) weapon tests in March 2019, which resulted in an explosion of debris. Without strict adherence to international guidelines by all space actors, it could get worse.

Source: April 2020 – Sustainable Space: Utopian Dream or Reality? | Via Satellite

Russia Pushing Coronavirus Lies As Part of Anti-NATO Influence Ops in Europe | Defense One


Russia is directing coronavirus-related disinformation at Eastern European audiences in a bid to drive anti-NATO sentiment among virus-spooked populations. The tactics range from the usual sort of anti-Western commentary on pro-Russian sites to hacking a legitimate news site to post a false story.

A key target has been Lithuania, which sits between Russia’s client state Belarus and its exclave of Kaliningrad. In January, someone posted a false story on the Lithuanian news site kauno.diena.lt, or Kaunas Day, claiming that a U.S. soldier in Lithuania had COVID-19. (Since September, the country has hosted elements of the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division.) The story was up on the site for just a few minutes.

Source: Russia Pushing Coronavirus Lies As Part of Anti-NATO Influence Ops in Europe – Defense One