Author Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Previous ArticleXiaomi bends to flexible trendNext ArticleVerizon media unit cuts staff Tags Related Huawei unveiled a raft of new 5G products at a media event in Beijing, including a modem which will power a foldable smartphone to be unveiled at MWC Barcelona.Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (pictured), said the Balong 5000 is the world’s most powerful 5G modem. It has a peak download speed of 4.6Gb/s and supports the non-standalone and standalone 5G architectures along with the full-spectrum of TDD/FDD frequencies. The modem is now available.He claimed the chip is ten-times faster than 4G and two-times faster than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50, adding “we’re about six months ahead of the competition”.Huawei’s moves are evidence the company is spending big to develop its own chip technology, an area where American rivals are global leaders. Huawei clearly wants to reduce its multibillion-dollar annual bill for components and the risk of disruptions of US supplies (in light of high-profile developments in 2018 affecting ZTE).The modem is used in its 5G CPE Pro, the first Wi-Fi hotspot supporting Wi-Fi 6 and a peak rate up to 4.8Gb/s, which the company also announced at the event.EarningsLooking at the consumer group’s results for 2018, Yu said revenue topped $52 billion, making it the largest contributor to Huawei’s top-line. Despite slowing growth in China, he noted “we are not slowing down”, implying 2018 growth matched the 50 per cent rate recorded the previous year.Smartphone shipments reached 206 million in 2018 (including units from Huawei’s sub-brand Honor) and Yu expects even bigger growth in 2019. The division posted 170 per cent growth outside of China. It shipped 17 million of its flagship P20 series units since its launch in March 2018 and 7.5 million Mate 20 models in three months.The company also shipped 100 million non-smartphone devices including tablets, wearables and PCs.As for smartphone competition, he believes the segment will continue to consolidate, predicting “most will disappear and there will be very few vendors”.Compact base stationRyan Ding, president of Huawei’s carrier business group, announced the Tiangang 5G chipset for its carrier products as well as its 5G base station, which is a quarter the size of its 4G model with 20-times the capacity.At about 20kg it’s 23 per cent lighter, with 90 per cent lower power consumption, the company said.The vendor signed 30 commercial 5G contracts with operators in Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe, Ding said. It shipped 25,000 5G base stations. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Joseph Waring FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Home Huawei teases foldable 5G device for MWC Asia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 JAN 2019 5GHuawei
Cold calling may be the bete noire of politicians and solicitors, but figures appear to show that public disquiet over the issue is on the wane. The latest snapshot of complaints data from the Information Commissioner’s Office shows concerns reported to the organisation about unwanted contact from claims management companies is decreasing.The number of concerns in January 2018 fell by 55% compared to the same period in 2017, and fell by 20% compared to January 2016.Breaking the statistics down further, complaints about text messages remained at about 1,000 for each month of 2017, but concerns about automated calls came down from a peak of 8,500 in February last year to around 2,500 in the first month of 2018.The figures come at a time when debate ensues around further regulation of cold calling: the government is legislating to restrict marketing calls where permission has not been given, but campaigners say this is not tough enough.The ICO says that enforcement action prevents rule breaches and call blocking technology stops the contact in the first place. In January alone, six firms were issued with fines coming to £1.25m in relation to unsolicited calls and messages.Paul Bennett, a partner at Chester firm Aaron & Partners, who advises law firms on how to stay compliant with rules around marketing, said the downward trend in complaints may appear surprising but can be easily explained.The ICO have been working closely with the Claims Management Regulator for a number of years to disrupt the less reputable CMCs and the regulatory action in their published update is significant,’ he said. ’The CMR is quite blunt in its approach and good CMCs have been challenged as well.’Meanwhile, Bennett says solicitors using claims management companies need to be extra cautious about how claims are farmed once regulation of CMCs transfers to the Financial Conduct Authority. This is included in the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill currently going through parliament.Bennet explained the FCA taking over conduct of CMC regulation will be a ‘seismic shift’ as companies face an organisation used to investigating conduct across different work types.He added: ‘When the CMCs seek authorisation from the FCA in due course they will be expected to show existing rule compliance.’
Williams: ‘When expenditure goes up, yet fee income goes down, it’s not going to end well.’Helen Williams, the firm’s managing director and 2005 legal aid lawyer of the year winner in social and welfare law, told the Gazette that the firm is devastated. Prior to the government removing vast swaths of social welfare law from the scope of legal aid in 2013, the firm had thousands of clients at any one time.Williams said the firm endeavoured to fight the cuts and stay in business. It tried to diversify into private work. ‘The problem we have is our clients, by their very nature, tend to be tenants or on housing benefits, or disabled, so they do not have access to private funds.’ Pre-LASPO, the firm had around 100 staff. When LASPO came in, the firm had to restructure, relocate and make redundancies, going down to about 30 staff.Williams said the warning signs about the firm’s future came quickly. ‘Our staff are really committed and work very hard, but they have bills to pay. When expenditure continues to increase, yet fee income continues to go down, that’s not really going to end well.’The firm had a Civil Legal Advice contract for housing and debt. Initially work was paid on an hourly rate, which then changed to a maximum case cost fee, followed by the recent introduction of an upper and lower fixed-fee system, which has had a negative impact, Williams said.Those providing face-to-face housing and debt work can claim an ‘escape’ fee. However, Williams said the agency refuses to introduce an escape fee for welfare benefits cases. ‘You might do £3,000 worth of work but can only claim £208,’ she said.TA Law lost three members of its litigation team in close succession – one before Christmas and two in February. The firm tried to replace two ‘but we cannot compete with the salaries of big corporate firms’, Williams said.The firm has given notice to the Legal Aid Agency. It currently has 800 live cases and has asked to stop taking new clients in May.As far as Williams understands, in relation to welfare benefits, TA Law is one of two firms covering Wales and the south west. She said she despaired at the loss of yet another social welfare law service to the wider community ‘which I fear will cause far larger numbers of defenceless victims. I suspect though, as usual, no one is listening or cares’.In February the Ministry of Justice published its review of LASPO’s impact, and an action plan focused on trying to resolve legal problems earlier.Williams said: ‘We have always been a big supporter of preventative advice. You can save someone’s home for £120, which is better than a costly court case which can run into the thousands. The government realises now, years down the line, perhaps we should have some preventative advice – it’s so frustrating as we’ve been saying that since 2011.’It’s not just about the financial cost savings. As social welfare lawyers we have seen the human cost. Families in crisis, about to be made homeless – nine times out of 10 they have got other debts they’re trying to manage. If you’re able to go in early and avoid possession proceedings, and try to manage their debt, get some disability benefit paid (quite often, for instance, they go back to work), it avoids a downward spiral.’Legal aid for welfare benefits has plummeted over a decade. There were 135,751 legal help matter starts and 51 civil representation granted certificates in 2008-09. These figures fell to 443 legal help matter starts and nine civil representation granted certificates in 2017-18. A social welfare firm that has helped 90,000 vulnerable people over the past decade with welfare benefit, housing and debt problems has lost its battle to survive the government’s legal aid cuts. The Gazette understands that an ‘advice desert’ could emerge in South Wales when Swansea-based TA Law closes in June.