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Keep up-to-date with the latest industry news on developments within radio technology and wireless communications. Updated daily, our news section covers policy and regulation, product developments, contract awards, project deployments, research, and appointments for those with an interest in the provision of wireless communications in a mission-critical or business-critical environment.

Vodafone Strikes Deal with Openreach

Vodafone has announced a deal with Openreach to expand its Gigafast Broadband full fibre services.

From spring 2020, Vodafone will start making Vodafone Gigafast Broadband available to customers in Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool on the Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network that ...

Ofcom announces new rules for mobile phone repeaters

Ofcom has made changes to the technical requirements for using mobile phone repeaters in vehicles.

Mobile repeaters help improve reception, and the new technical specifications allow for increases to the maximum system gain allowed and the use of a wider range of frequencies for ...

Zebra snaps up AI vision firm

Zebra Technologies Corporation has acquired Cortexica Vision Systems Ltd, which specialises in business-to-business (B2B) computer vision-based artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and is headquartered in London.

The capabilities encompassed by Cortexica’s computer vision AI portfolio ...



Mandatory drone registration deadline just 25 days away

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has reminded UK drone pilots that they have until the end of November to register their craft.

From 1st December, users must have two registrations in place before flying a drone or model aircraft that weighs 250g to 20kg. Anyone who will fly a drone ...

Avoira to tackle skills shortage with university partnerships

Andrew Roberts, Avoira’s managing director, has opened discussions with two universities who have expressed interest in introducing industry specific courses or modules, with the goal of addressing the current skills shortage. He fears that the latter, if unchecked, will create a radio industry ...

Thousands join International Control Room Week

11,000 employees across 230 control rooms worldwide have marked International Control Room Week.

The campaign week is in its second year and participating control rooms came from the UK, India, Australia and even the remote island of St Helena. International Control Room Week, organised ...

Ofcom proposes regulation changes to support spectrum sharing

Ofcom has shared details on its proposed changes to the spectrum trading and register regulations.

This follows an earlier announcement of two new types of spectrum licences – the Local Access Licence and the Shared Access Licence – as part of its new spectrum sharing approach. The new ...

Getac partners with pureLiFi to bring rugged LiFi devices to the market

Getac has announced that it is working with pureLiFi to evaluate the technology for design into future rugged wireless devices.

LiFi enables data transmission via light rather than radio waves at high-speeds. This creates a high-speed Internet connection that is more secure, reliable, ...

‘First-ever’ commercial deployment of OpenRoaming

Canary Wharf Group and Cisco have announced what they claim is the world's first ever commercial trial deployment of OpenRoaming.

OpenRoaming is a Cisco-led federation that combines mobile roaming with Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. Users can seamlessly switch between any network that is part of ...

Delivery Hero to use SOTI for remote device management

Delivery Hero, a global online food delivery company, has selected SOTI to power its business-critical mobile deployment.

The Berlin-based platform operates online ordering services that allow customers to deliver food directly from its 310,000 partner restaurants. The company has ...



£1bn Shared Rural Network plan to get 4G to 95% of UK by 2025

The government and the UK's mobile network operators – including EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – have set out a plan to achieve 95 per cent geographic 4G coverage in the UK by 2025.

Under this Shared Rural Network (SRN) proposal, the four operators will invest £530 million to share existing ...

Vodafone to pilot 4G on the London Underground

Vodafone has announced a new partnership with Transport for London (TfL) to pilot wireless connectivity in tunnels and at station platforms on the eastern end of the Jubilee line.

From spring 2020, customers will be able to connect their devices to Vodafone’s 4G network to make calls, ...


Viavi to provide automated testing for Tait DMR and P25 terminals

Viavi Solutions and Tait Communications have entered into an agreement in which Viavi will provide automated test capabilities for Tait’s P25 and DMR two-way radios on the VIAVI 3920B Radio Test Platform, formerly an Aeroflex offering.

These options give end-users automated testing for ...

Cradlepoint in-vehicle LTE router solution wins ESN accreditation

Cradlepoint has announced that it is certified and fully authorised to deploy its NetCloud Service with the COR IBR1700-1200M mobile router across the forthcoming Emergency Services Network (ESN). The ESN, which will deliver a mission-critical mobile broadband service over EE’s network and Home ...

Digital Catapult and Ericsson launch Industrial 5G Accelerator

Digital Catapult and Ericsson have announced they will partner in a new Industrial 5G Accelerator programme to demonstrate the role of 5G in industrial settings.

The Industrial 5G Accelerator programme aims to produce a series of real-life test cases that prove the potential of 5G and ...

NGMN seeks to bridge mobile network ‘air gap’ with new white paper

The NGMN Alliance has published a white paper that address one of the barriers to the rapid deployment of new software updates on a mobile network – the ‘air gap’.

Today’s mobile networks are becoming more software-centric and cloud-based, with greater use of network functions ...

O2's 5G service goes live

O2 has launched its 5G network in the UK, with a range of new tariffs including an unlimited data plan. The 5G network is live in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds, improving capacity and reliability in key places.

The company will deploy 5G first in locations where ...

Impact of 2G switch-off highlighted in UK SPF report

Despite the mobile’s industry’s current focus on 5G, the need for 2G services is likely to continue into the 2030s, given the extent to which they are relied upon by the elderly, rural users and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, according to a report by Real Wireless; which was produced for ...

Icom launches an LTE/PoC mobile radio terminal for commercial vehicles

Icom has launched the IP501M, a LTE/PTT over Cellular (PoC) mobile radio, to complete its range of LTE radio products.

As the IP501M uses public mobile networks, it offers users nationwide or European PTT coverage. The IP501M has the same Man Machine Interface (MMI), operating menu and ...

Audax wins big on BWV in Vietnam

Audax – a Plymouth, UK-based body-worn video (BWV) company – has won a number of major contracts to supply Vietnam’s military and police forces with thousands of its BWV cameras. So far, Audax has shipped 2,000 cameras with another 2,500 to shipped before Christmas.

Adam Liardet, Audax’s ...
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