Google bans 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory ads

Techradar | April 08, 2020

Google has announced a crackdown on adverts around misguided conspiracy theories concerning a link between coronavirus and 5G networks. The search giant has said it will be banning advertising on search terms and keywords that relate to “misleading health claims” surrounding 5G and coronavirus. The news follows a number of attacks by conspiracy theorists on 5G masts across the UK, despite repeated advice from scientists that there is no link between the global pandemic and the high-speed networks. This looks to prevents companies and individuals from profiteering from public health emergencies by blocking their adverts from appearing in search results. Earlier this week, scientists, the UK government and the country's mobile industry joined together to plead for the spread of misinformation to stop. As well as attacks on masts, telecoms and networking infrastructure workers have also faced abuse and assault.

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PCTEL, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCTI), a leading global provider of wireless technology solutions, announced multimillion dollar orders of 5G scanning receivers from two of its largest network testing solution OEM customers. The orders include Gflex® and HBflex™ scanning receivers, and will be delivered by the end of 2022. “We are grateful to our customers and thrilled with the growing demand for PCTEL test and measurement solutions from network operators and regulators around the world,These orders are clear evidence that the market recognizes the unique value of our flagship Gflex scanning receiver as a compact, future-proof solution that can keep up with the rapid growth and evolution of 5G networks.” -Arnt Arvik, PCTEL’s Vice President and Chief Sales Officer. The Gflex scanning receiver was designed specifically to meet the complex demands of multi-carrier 5G network testing across multiple sub-8 GHz and mmWave bands in a single lightweight, portable unit. It is the first purpose-built walk and drive test scanner to support every 5G band as currently defined in the 3GPP release 17, and the first capable of measuring the full bandwidth of a 100 MHz 5G channel. PCTEL scanning receivers support a wide variety of cellular and public safety network testing applications, including network planning, deployment, optimization, troubleshooting, interference hunting, and benchmarking for both in-building and outdoor networks. About PCTEL PCTEL is a leading global provider of wireless technology solutions, including purpose-built Industrial IoT devices, antenna systems, and test and measurement products. Trusted by our customers for over 25 years, we solve complex wireless challenges to help organizations stay connected, transform, and grow.

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Netskope Acquires Infiot, Will Deliver Fully Integrated, Single-Vendor SASE Platform

Netskope | August 08, 2022

Netskope, the leader in Security Service Edge (SSE) and Zero Trust, today announced it has acquired Infiot, a pioneer in enabling secure, reliable access with zero trust security, network and application optimization, and AI-driven operations. As Netskope Borderless WAN, the addition of Infiot's revolutionary technology will enable Netskope customers to apply uniform security and quality of experience (QoE) policies to the widest range of hybrid work needs, from employees at home or on-the-go, to branch offices, ad-hoc point-of-sale systems, and multi-cloud environments. For customers, all of these capabilities are delivered in a single architecture, using one policy framework, and one console, which dramatically simplifies operations, preserves network performance, and ensures SASE success. 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Mosolabs Accelerates Helium 5G Network Build Out and Growth

MosoLabs | June 10, 2022

MosoLabs, a business that builds and distributes breakthrough hardware and software for open, decentralized wireless networks, announced its debut today to provide consumers with amazing solutions that let individuals construct, operate, and expand the Helium 5G network. MosoLabs, situated in California, is supported by Taiwan-based Sercomm, a reputable, vertically integrated OEM with more than 30 years of expertise in developing LTE and 5G small cells, CPE, and IoT devices for many of the world's largest telecom providers. MosoLabs' objective is to make it simple for anybody to contribute to and benefit from the expansion of the Helium 5G network by bringing plug-and-play products to the market such as tiny cells, witness devices, cameras, and more. MosoLabs, co-founded by telecom and wireless industry professionals, has been working with the FreedomFi team to build tiny cells that power the Helium 5G network since 2021. MosoLabs will provide indoor and outdoor small cells that are plug-and-play approved for the FreedomFi gateway and other "Powered by FreedomFi" gateways, allowing customers to be up and running quickly and begin earning cryptocurrency as soon as they begin expanding their network. The small cell bundles will be ready for purchase in late June 2022, and the business plans to deploy devices on a constant basis throughout 2022 in order to speed the Helium network's expansion. MosoLabs is working on new use cases for the Helium 5G network and will launch a CBRS-connected camera solution later this year. These solutions, which will comprise doorbell, residential, and corporate cameras, will provide superior video monitoring capabilities with an easy-to-use interface, as well as increased security, privacy, and deployment range, which are crucial for both household and commercial clients. Ben Lin, President of Sercomm said that "Sercomm is a small cell pioneer having invested in the technology for over 15 years. Today, Sercomm is a leading manufacturer of small cells – supplying reliable, cost-effective, high-performance devices to the largest global telecom operators. Helium 5G is transforming the traditional cellular network business model with its crypto-incentivized approach which encourages people to help grow their own wireless network. Sercomm is proud to back MosoLabs and be their key partner to bring small cells to market for customers building open, decentralized wireless networks." Scott Sigel, COO of the Helium Foundation said that "With HIP-51, the Helium community will unlock the network growth potential for 5G - with more protocols to come. MosoLabs will be a key 5G player that will bring this growth to life in 2022 with their easy-to-install small cell bundles. We welcome MosoLabs to the Helium 5G ecosystem and are excited about the innovative use cases they are developing – starting with the Helium-connected cameras later this year." "Decentralized open 5G and Helium are transforming the mobile network paradigm and FreedomFi is proud to be a leading contributor to the Helium 5G ecosystem. MosoLabs' co-founders have been close partners with FreedomFi since 2021, working with us to bring the open 5G infrastructure to life. We look forward to working together with MosoLabs to unlock the full potential of the Helium 5G network by making it easy for anyone to deploy their own cellular hotspots." Boris Renski, Founder and CEO of FreedomFi

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