• 5.5G on the way as Huawei predicts golden decade for advanced comms

    Ryan Ding, Huawei executive director and president of the carrier business group, has said the coming decade will be a golden age for 5G’s progress around the world, and that the whole industry must have faith in the technology, building the best 5G networks and making the most of them for shared value.

    In a keynote speech at the 2020 Global Mobile Broadband Forum, Ding said 5G was developing much more quickly than previous generations of communications networks. He recognised more than 100 current commercial 5G networks worldwide and noted that budget 5G mobile phones had dropped in price

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  • Humanitarian data collection practices put migrants at risk

    The collection of personal data about migrants, refugees and asylum seekers by humanitarian aid organisations is preventing these already vulnerable groups from accessing lifesaving goods and services, warns United Nations (UN) report.

    Authored by the UN’s special rapporteur on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Tendayi Achiume, the report, which was published 10 November, raises a number of concerns about the ways humanitarian organisations are collecting and using personal data, particularly biometric data, to deliver aid and provision services.

    The report noted, for example, how the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) requires refugees returning to camps in Afghanistan to

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  • UK government makes inroads in maritime autonomy

    The UK government has reported progress in its work around autonomous shipping, as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has launched the Maritime Future Technologies team.

    This builds on the MCA’s Maritime Autonomy Regulation Lab (MARLab), an organisation launched in 2018 with £1m from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Regulators’ Pioneer Fund.

    The MFT team was set up to facilitate the implementation of trials and projects around maritime autonomy, support regulatory updates and push industry adoption of innovative technologies in emission reduction and autonomy.

    According to the MCA, the new team will be the interface between

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