John C. Tanner

John C. Tanner

John is editor of Disruptive.Asia and was previously managing editor at Telecom Asia. He has been covering the Asia-Pacific telecoms industry since 1996. He has two degrees in telecommunications and has worked for six years in the US radio industry in various technical and advisory capacities, covering radio and satellite equipment maintenance, studio networking, news writing and production, the latter of which earned him several regional and national awards.

Fraudsters using old SS7 and SMS flaws to steal from your bank account

Fraudsters using old SS7 and SMS flaws to steal from your bank account

Written by on May 16, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

ITEM: Cyber criminals are reportedly exploiting long-existing security flaws in the SS7 signaling network to hack SMS-based two-factor authentication for banking services and successfully steal money from their customers. That’s according to Motherboard, citing a report in a German newspaper: In short, the issue with SS7 is that the network believes whatever you tell it. SS7 […]

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The ad blocker wars are about hearts and minds, not weapons

The ad blocker wars are about hearts and minds, not weapons

Written by on May 3, 2017 in Opinion with 1 Comment

Cyber security is often described as an arms race between hackers and everyone else – you create a defense, hackers think up a way around it, you beef up your defenses, etc and so on. The same can also be said of ad blockers. A number of companies are coming up with clever ways for […]

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Musk and Zuckerberg: not mad, just wildly optimistic on brain interface

Musk and Zuckerberg: not mad, just wildly optimistic on brain interface

Written by on April 26, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg want to connect your brain to your computer and your Facebook page. The problem isn’t the technology but their timelines. We’ve heard in the past week plans by Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg to connect your brain to your computer and your Facebook page, respectively. Which would normally get you laughed […]

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Mission critical LTE is important, on the cards, but not there yet

Mission critical LTE is important, on the cards, but not there yet

Written by on April 11, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

For some time now, the mobile industry has envisioned LTE as more than just the next evolution for 3G networks – it can also serve as the next generation of mission critical communications networks that could also benefit from LTE’s advanced IP-based capabilities. However, it’s been slow-going for several reasons, not the least of which […]

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Is repealing the US privacy law as dramatic as we are lead to believe?

Is repealing the US privacy law as dramatic as we are lead to believe?

Written by on April 4, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

There is much dithering over the move by the US Congress to scrap broadband privacy rules that would prevent ISPs from selling customer data without their permission. A lot of that dithering is politically motivated and misinformed, and really misses both the point of the repeal and the bigger picture in play here. For a start, […]

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The video arena is probably the most disruptive of them all

The video arena is probably the most disruptive of them all

Written by on March 6, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Everyone in the video content value chain is reeling from the effects of digital disruption, as telcos are forced to rethink network design to support growing demand for video, while the content owners themselves are having to rethink how they package content and engage with fans. That was the general theme during a keynote session […]

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MWC17, light touch regulation and The Life of Pai

MWC17, light touch regulation and The Life of Pai

Written by on March 3, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

FCC chairman Ajit Pai made the case for light-touch regulation at MWC17 – but he did it by stacking the deck in his favor when he didn’t need to When CNBC’s Karen Tso introduced new FCC chairman Ajit Pai to the stage at MWC17, she quipped that he was likely to get a standing ovation for […]

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Finally, a mobile industry chief declares war on roaming charges

Finally, a mobile industry chief declares war on roaming charges

Written by on February 28, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The head of Bharti Airtel and the GSMA kicked off MWC17 by declaring a war on mobile roaming charges that are hurting not only the industry’s revenues, but also its reputation. Sunil Bharti Mittal – founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, and the recently elected chairman of the GSMA – said the mobile industry’s reputation with consumers is […]

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Is new 5G spectrum the way to 5G success, or an excuse to trail?

Is new 5G spectrum the way to 5G success, or an excuse to trail?

Written by on February 14, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

ITEM: Hong Kong incumbent telco HKT is very angry with the Hong Kong government because it is desperately worried that Hong Kong is going to be left behind in the global 5G race unless it gets new 5G spectrum ASAP. HKT’s angst is understandable – especially here in the early months of 2017, with Mobile […]

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SMS proves to be Achilles heel when it comes to Telstra network outage

SMS proves to be Achilles heel when it comes to Telstra network outage

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

ITEM: Telstra experienced a major network outage last Thursday that cut off voice services, shut down trains, delayed flights and – weirdly – sent SMSs to the wrong phones. Which is humorous until you remember that banks use SMS to confirm transactions and password resets. All of that was the result of a fire at Telstra’s […]

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