There is a lot of discussion about using mobile technology to partially automate tracing COVID-19 patients’ close contacts. I thought I’d provide a quick overview of the various ways you can locate mobile phones. Cell-site location This is the one everyone thinks of first. In order to route incoming voice calls and Internet packets back…Read More Positioning mobile devices
Any discussion of Huawei relating to the Chinese “National Intelligence Law” has to start out from the recognition that all states, always, have tried to weaponize telecommunications systems and have taken considerable legal powers over people and property involved, even where they didn’t create the assets and organizations themselves. Take a look at Section 94,…Read More Enough with the bad faith about Huawei.
Back at the end of 2007, as we dived into the trough of the Great Recession or Great Financial Crisis or Second Great Depression or what you will, a crucial decision was taken. Verizon Wireless, then still a Vodafone division, chose LTE for its new mobile network, and put one of the most important women…Read More Ten Years of 4G: Trump, Snowden, Huawei, and Brexit
So here’s the Parliamentary Select Committee on DCMS’s fake news report. Rather, its report on fake news. This bit has been doing the rounds: ‘Free Basics’ is a Facebook service that provides people in developing countries with mobile phone access to various services without data charges. This content includes news, employment, health, information and local…Read More Now that’s what I call viral
It turns out that 10% of the world’s surviving pagers are in the NHS and apparently we could save some money (not very much money, but maybe more meaningful in the context of an NHS trust telecoms budget) by replacing them with an app. I’m really not so sure about that. As Geoff Hall, of…Read More Pagers
This piece from Tom Watson is excellent. I can’t think of more than one other pol who understands mobile networks as well, and the other one knows more about fixed. Perhaps Watson is just well advised, but then picking good advice is a very important skill. On this strength, he’s the second best mobile analyst…Read More #crimsontide is coming for your mobile bill
This is quite impressive – a very short blog post that explains the Marxist idea of reification in neoclassical economic terms of equilibrium, game theory, and collective-action problems. I think I now know what it means. A case for Help to Buy. Most of the work in it is either done by the notion that…Read More Some economic links
Earlier this year, I had to spend a week or so with a 2004 vintage feature phone. For connoisseurs, it was one of the early 3G models from LG that 3UK launched with. This was an interesting experience. The first thing that comes to mind about it was that simple wasn’t simple. iPhones are simple;…Read More I want one that just makes calls: no, you don’t
Via Trombly x Exum, an interesting paper on mobile telephony and the Iraq war is here. I was impressed by the fact the authors know there are multiple antenna sectors per cell-site, and that they bothered to find out roughly what an emerging market GSM operator’s roll-out process is like. In fact, if you wonder,…Read More GSM Warlord, with actual statistics
TYR Rewind. I wonder if there was ever an audit of the UK mobile network operators’ lawful intercept logs? We know that the network of private investigators around the NOTW were able to locate mobile phones, by paying a corrupt copper £500 a dip. If the copper could do that, they could also listen to…Read More TYR Rewind. So, those logs.