South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced plans to introduce the 5G-enabled Samsung Galaxy Quantum 2 smartphone equipped with quantum cryptography technology, on the local market.
SK Telecom has opened pre-orders for the Galaxy Quantum 2 and will commercially launch the device on 23 April in South Korea.
With features matching to those of Samsung’s flagship smartphones – such as a 6.7-inch display, 64MP camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus chipset – along with strengthened quantum cryptography technologies, the Galaxy Quantum2 will be a new choice for customers who value both performance and security.
The 5G smartphone includes a chip developed by a company called ID Quantique, which says it’s the world’s smallest quantum random number generator (QRNG) at 2.5mm square. It works by capturing random noise with an LED and a CMOS image sensor.
According to SK Telecom, “The QRNG chip allows smartphone holders to use services that require security in a more safe and secure manner by generating unpredictable and patternless true random numbers.”
Han Myung-jin, Vice President and Head of Marketing Group of SKT, said, “With the Galaxy Quantum2, we have successfully expanded the application of quantum security technologies to a wider variety of services including financial and security services.”
He added: “Our efforts will continue to keep expanding services that are safely and securely provided via the Galaxy Quantum2.”
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Like its predecessor the Galaxy A Quantum, the Galaxy Quantum2 is equipped with the world’s smallest quantum random number generator (QRNG) chipset measuring 2.5mm by 2.5mm developed by ID Quantique, SKT’s strategic partner in quantum cryptography communication technology.
This QRNG chipset allows smartphone holders to use services that require security in a more safe and secure manner by generating unpredictable and patternless true random numbers.
The Galaxy Quantum2 is expected to provide differentiated security experience to customers by dramatically expanding the number of services that can be applied with quantum cryptography. That is, services that are based on Android Keystore (APIs) will be automatically secured by QRNG.
For instance, SKT’s services like T World, PASS and T Membership, as well as mobile banking services of Shinhan Bank and Standard Chartered Bank Korea will be securely provided using quantum cryptography.
Going forward, SKT plans to further expand QRNG-applicable services to include those provided by financial companies like Samsung Card and SKT’s music streaming service FLO and video ringback tone service V Coloring.
Telstra announces $157 million co-investment fund to extend coverage
Australian operator Telstra has announced a $157 million co-investment fund to generate additional investment in expanding regional mobile coverage.
This funding is in addition to the $118 million that Telstra plans to invest in the next 12 months to expand regional connectivity.
Telstra CEO Andrew Penn said the co-investment fund would run over the next four years and was aimed at enhancing and extending mobile coverage through stimulating infrastructure co-investment with governments, local councils and businesses in areas that would otherwise be difficult to justify on economic grounds.
“Technology is going to play a major role in meeting both of these aspirations – perhaps the most important role. Telecommunications technology is continuing to advance from 3G to 4G, 4G to 5G, from ADSL to NBN and from copper to fibre, satellite and mobile, and this is helping to bring new solutions to solve old problems,” he said in a statement.
Penn added: “In addition to the newly announcement co-investment fund, Telstra would be investing a further AUD 150 million ($118 million) over the next 12 months to improve its regional networks in a number of important areas.”
Both the $118 million and $157 million allotments are both backed up by a number of projects that has been awarded by the federal government, the telco claimed.
This includes the Regional Connectivity Program — which is set to receive $19.3 million in additional funding by the government in the upcoming Budget for 2021-22 — with Telstra working with the federal government to power $43 million worth of network upgrades.
Penn also claimed it was the only major mobile provider to both win projects and commit funding to improve services.
He said the telco has also participated in the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, with it contributing “more than double the capital investment of the rest of the industry put together to build more than two thirds of the mobile black spot towers in the program,” he claimed.
Among the projects are eight mobile coverage improvements from Telstra, two mobile coverage upgrades from Pivotel, three projects upgrading fixed wireless coverage, two improving satellite broadband connectivity, and one project more than $2.53 million to shift from satellite coverage to fiber to the premise in Halls Creek.
Three Chinese telcos to be delisted from NYSE
Three major Chinese telcos said late last week that they will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) after the latter denied their requests for appeal, Reuters reported.
The delisting comes in line with the U.S.’ Communist Chinese military companies (CCMC) under the National Defense Authorization Act of 1999, enacted by the former Trump Administration.
The CCMC designation bars any U.S. investors from purchasing any shares or stakes from companies that the government considers to be linked to the Chinese military.
The three telcos – China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom Corp – had filed an appeal request to the NYSE to review their delisting as soon as U.S. President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president back in January.
The telcos noted in separate statements last week, that they expect the NYSE to notify regulators of their delisting after the appeal was rejected.
According to Reuters, the companies had highlighted that the delisting will become effective ten days after the exchange files a Form 25 to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The three telcos join the likes of Huawei and ZTE who have also been delisted – however, budget smartphone maker Xiaomi was able to escape the same fate after a U.S. federal judge rolled back the blacklisting on the company citing insufficient evidence that Xiaomi posed a national security threat.
NY: Broadband cos paid for 8.5M fake net neutrality comments
The Office of the New York Attorney General said in a new report that a campaign funded by the broadband industry submitted millions of fake comments supporting the 2017 repeal of net neutrality.
The Federal Communications Commission’s contentious 2017 repeal undid Obama-era rules that barred internet service providers from slowing or blocking websites and apps or charging companies more for faster speeds to consumers. The industry had sued to stop these rules during the Obama administration but lost.
The proceeding generated a record-breaking number of comments — more than 22 million — and nearly 18 million were fake, the attorney general’s office found. It has long been known that the tally included fake comments.
One 19-year-old in California submitted more than 7.7 million pro-net neutrality comments. The attorney general’s office did not identify the origins of another “distinct group” of more than 1.6 million pro-net neutrality comments, many of which used mailing addresses outside the U.S.
A broadband industry group, called Broadband for America, spent $4.2 million generating more than 8.5 million of the fake FCC comments. Half a million fake letters were also sent to Congress.
The goal of the broadband industry campaign, according to internal documents the attorney general’s office received, was to make it seem like there was “widespread grassroots support” for the repeal of net neutrality that could give the FCC chairman at the time, Ajit Pai, “volume and intellectual cover” for the repeal.
The agency is supposed to use the comments it receives, from industry and public-industry groups and the public, to shape how it makes its rules.
The FCC did not immediately answer how or if it has changed its commenting process, but the acting chairwoman, Jessica Rosenworcel, said in a prepared statement that “widespread problems with the record” of the 2017 proceedings “was troubling at the time” and the agency has to learn and improve the commenting process.
The fake comments had high-profile victims. In 2018, two senators, Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, said their identities were stolen to file fake comments for the net neutrality proceeding. “We were among those whose identities were misused to express viewpoints we do not hold,” they wrote to the FCC’s then-chairman, Pai, asking him to investigate the fake comments.
Many expect the FCC to try to reinstate net neutrality rules once a third Democratic commissioner is appointed. The agency is currently split half Democrat and Republican, which makes undoing the repeal unlikely.
Broadband for America’s website says its members include AT&T and Comcast as well as major trade groups for the wireless, cable and telecom industries.
The campaign hired companies known as lead generators which created the fake comments, but that the attorney general’s office had not found evidence that the broadband companies had “direct knowledge of fraud” and thus they had not violated New York law, according to the report.
Still, the report criticized the broadband industry group’s behavior as “troubling,” saying the campaign organizers ignored red flags and hid the broadband industry’s involvement.
The lead generators copied names and addresses they had already collected and said those people had agreed to join the campaign against net neutrality, the report said. One company copied information that had been stolen in a data breach and posted online.
The attorney general, Letitia James, also announced agreements with three of the companies that were responsible for millions of the fake comments, Fluent Inc., Opt-Intelligence Inc. and React2Media Inc., that require them to change practices in future advocacy campaigns and pay $4.4 million in fines. The companies did not reply to requests for comment.
The attorney general’s office and other law enforcement agencies are still investigating “other responsible parties,” according to the report.
AT&T, Comcast and industry trade groups NCTA and USTelecom did not respond to questions.
By TALI ARBEL AP Technology Writer.
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