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Why the US still won’t require SS7 fixes that could secure your phone | Ars Technica Apr 2019
"Yet decades later, SS7 and other components of the nation’s digital backbone remain flawed, leaving calls and texts vulnerable to interception and disruption. Instead of facing the challenges of our hyper-connected age, the FCC is stumbling, according to documents obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and through extensive interviews with current and former agency employees. The agency is hampered by a lack of leadership on cybersecurity issues and a dearth of in-house technical expertise that all too often leaves it relying on security advice from the very companies it is supposed to oversee.

CSRIC is a prime example of this so-called “agency capture”—the group was set up to help supplement FCC expertise and craft meaningful rules for emerging technologies. But instead, the FCC’s reliance on security advice from industry representatives creates an inherent conflict of interest. The result is weakened regulation and enforcement that ultimately puts all Americans at risk, according to former agency staff."

"Emails from 2016 between working group members, obtained by POGO via a Freedom of Information Act request, show that the group dragged its feet on resolving SS7 security vulnerabilities despite urging from FCC officials to move quickly. The group also repeatedly ignored input from DHS technical experts.

The problem wasn’t figuring out a fix, however, according to David Simpson, a retired rear-admiral who led the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at the time. The group was quickly able to discern some best practices—primarily through using different filtering systems—that some major carriers had already deployed and that others could use to mitigate the risks associated with SS7."
SS7  telecoms  cybersecurity  ArsTechnica 
may 2019 by pierredv
SS7 vulnerabilities and attack exposure report, 2018 - Positive Technologies
Via Dale

"This report reveals the results of SS7 security analysis. Signaling System 7 (SS7) is used for exchanging data between network devices in telecommunications networks. While this standard was being developed, only fixed-line operators had access to the SS7 network, so its security was not first on the priority list. Today the signaling network is not isolated, and this allows an intruder to exploit its flaws and intercept calls and SMSs, bypass billing, steal money from mobile accounts, or affect mobile network operability."

"Although new 4G networks use another signaling system, Diameter, SS7 security issues have not been forgotten, because mobile operators should ensure 2G and 3G support and interaction between networks of different generations. Moreover, research shows that Diameter is prone to the same threats. This protocol's vulnerabilities along with possible cross-protocol attacks that use Diameter and SS7 flaws will be outlined in the next report."


"The research has shown that the level of security of mobile communication networks is still low. The overwhelming majority of networks remain vulnerable, which allows criminals to intercept subscribers' voice calls and messages, perform fraudulent operations, and disrupt service availability for subscribers."
SS7  Diameter  spectrum-vulnerability  cyber-spectrum  cybersecurity  telecoms  2G  3G  4G  PositiveTechnologies 
march 2019 by pierredv
Telecoms AI ecosystems: increasing automation in processes - Analysys Mason Jul 2018
Operators have been aiming to use automations driven by artificial intelligence (AI) to improve processes for a long time, but the effort involved has limited the number of instances in which intelligence can be applied. The introduction of AI ecosystems means that AI and other analytics techniques can be used to model processes and apply optimisation algorithms. Moreover, where processes require dynamic optimisation, machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) tools can automatically reoptimise processes as they change.
This report:

looks at the shift that is underway within the analytics market as telecom vendors develop telecoms-specific solutions
explains what the above shift is, the reasons behind the change and the implications for communications service providers (CSPs) and vendors
provides profiles of significant vendors in the market and a comparison of their approaches and tools.
AnalysysMason  AI  ML  telecoms 
september 2018 by pierredv
AI in telecommunications set to secure the ‘Augmented Human’ | Cambridge Consultants Feb 2018
"a new report, stating that the telecommunications sector will be an Artificial Intelligence (AI) pioneer, as many features of 5G networks and IoT networks will depend on AI techniques to reach their maximum potential"

"We expect to see data-led customisation: in healthcare with personalisation of treatments, in education with personalisation of teaching methods and curriculum, in entertainment with custom virtual reality games and maybe even in government. Of course, we also expect to see significant numbers of fully-autonomous vehicles on our roads and in our corridors transporting people and goods to where they are required."
ambridgeConsultants  AI  telecoms  spectrum  5G  IoT 
september 2018 by pierredv
U.S. GAO - Telecommunications: FCC Should Improve Monitoring of Industry Efforts to Strengthen Wireless Network Resiliency
What GAO Found: The number of wireless outages attributed to a physical incident—a natural disaster, accident, or other manmade event, such as vandalism—increased from 2009 to 2016, as reported to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). During this time, the number of outages substantially increased from 189 to 1,079 outages, with most of the increase occurring from 2009 to 2011.

What GAO Recommends: FCC should work with industry to develop specific performance measures for the Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework, monitor the framework's outcomes, and promote awareness of it. FCC agreed with the recommendations.
GAO  FCC  resilience  telecoms  cellular 
january 2018 by pierredv
Use of open source software growing across telecommunications space
"Open source software may still be a new model for the telecommunications industry, but it’s rapidly gaining traction as operators look to mimic computing world."

"The days of single-vendor stacks of software running on purpose-built hardware are over in all but the most high-performance applications.”
RCRWireless  opensource  OSS  telecoms 
january 2017 by pierredv
Open source and the coming disruption of the telecom value chain
"In the internet world, large cloud players built their data centers using white box hardware and open source software to ease and improve service delivery. . . On the other hand, telecom service providers have relied on specialized vendors, .... To improve their competitive position, a number of forward-looking telecom service providers have embarked on a process to explore the benefits of open source in projects such as"
opensource  RCRWireless  telecoms  opinion 
january 2017 by pierredv
Is Skype a Telephone Operator? France to Investigate -
"French regulators said Tuesday that they had asked prosecutors to investigate Microsoft’s Skype unit over its failure to register as a telecommunications operator in accordance with local law, raising the question of what constitutes a telephone company in the age of Internet-based communications."
telephony  France  telecoms  Skype  regulation  Microsoft 
march 2013 by pierredv
Future of Comms - Our crisis of certainty
"I would like to make a radical, disturbing and controversial proposition. I believe the telecoms industry is going to face trouble ahead. This is not because of problems with packets or products per se, but because of a problem of philosophy: How can we know what we commonly believe about networks is actually true? In other words, we have an unfolding crisis of epistemology: the very nature of being certain about knowing things."
telecoms  Martin-Geddes  networking 
december 2012 by pierredv
Telecoms sans Frontieres
Paul Margie a TSF volunteer; deployed with them to Haiti in response to the earthquake, their volunteer US Representative, recently set up for them a US-based 501(c)(3) to allow US citizens to make donations
charity  philanthropy  telecoms 
may 2011 by pierredv
Prison Legal News - Legal articles, cases and court decisions
"telephone service providers offer lucrative kickbacks (politely termed “commissions”) to state contracting agencies – amounting on average to 42% of gross revenues from prisoners’ phone calls – in order to obtain exclusive, monopolistic contracts for prison phone services"
prison  telecoms  x:prisonlegalnews 
april 2011 by pierredv
America’s Amazing Rise to 3G Dominance
"Nearly 70 percent of U.S. cell phone subscribers are on a 3G network"
3G  x:gigaom  wireless  factoids  telecoms 
june 2010 by pierredv
'Missoula Plan' ICC Debate Shifts To Phantom Traffic Issue | Telecom Policy Report | Find Articles at BNET
Quote: The so-called "Missoula Plan' for intercarrier compensation (ICC) reform that has divided the industry has taken a side track into the bothersome "phantom traffic" issue that involves telephone calls transiting networks without the proper identification information needed by carriers to bill each other for origination and termination services
InterCarrierComp  policy  MissoulaPlan  telecoms 
august 2009 by pierredv
FCC Forms 499
Virtually all telecommunications providers, including long distance resellers, prepaid card providers, wireless providers, Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), and now interconnected VoIP providers, seeking to provide service in the U.S. must first register to do so with the FCC.
regulation  us  FCC  telecoms 
march 2009 by pierredv
Broadband monopoly is Telstra's game | The Australian - Terry McCrann
"TELSTRA has one simple, very precise and coldly calculated ambition. To migrate its still lush but decaying 20th century fixed-line monopoly to a 21st century broadband platform."
Not marked as an editorial, but clearly reads that way. An indictment of Telstra's cold-blooded grab for power.
It seems that we have here a neat microcosm of the network neutrality dynamic which is playing out in more complicated ways in the US and EU. In Australia there’s an unabashed monopolist that’s dictating terms to the government (according to this columnist) to ensure that it invests. However, there is no mention of network neutrality conditions – which may well be swept away in the new access terms that Telstra is contemplating.
telecoms  antitrust  australia  ** 
november 2008 by pierredv
Blair Levin - Telecoms beyond 2008 (PDF)
presentation to ITAA, 8 sep 2008
good survey of situation, including some useful graphs
***  commerce  policy  regulation  telecoms  filetype:pdf  media:document 
september 2008 by pierredv
ITIF: Which Broadband and IT Vision for America?
Rob Atkinson commentary on Freedom to Connect commentary, concluding that its time to shift debate to how to get everyone fast bband, using IT to transform healthcare etc, and encouraging all orgs to go digital, thus driving productivity growth
communications  policy  via:ITIF  telecoms 
april 2008 by pierredv
FCC overhauls its broadband data as EU points and laughs
FCC adopted new data collection rules. The new rules state that broadband begins at 768kbps, and providers will need to break down their offerings by speed tiers
telecoms  communications  broadband  FCC  europe 
march 2008 by pierredv
Good intentions, poor outcomes: Telecommunications reform in South Africa -- ScienceDirect - Telecommunications Policy
simply imposing market rules with a powerful incumbent and weak regulator leads to poor outcomes; international reform models don't necessarily work in a developing economy
telecoms  policy  communications 
january 2008 by pierredv

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