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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.

US military's ‘Molar Mic’

Earlier this month, Sonitus Technologies announced that it has been awarded the second phase of its contract with the US Department of Defense (DOD) to provide the US Air Force with an two-way radio system, ATAC (aka the ‘Molar Mic’, that has miniaturised its microphone and speaker-transducer ...

Holo there – Vodafone performs 5G holographic call

?Vodafone has today (20 September) conducted what it claims is the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G.

The technology was used to allow England and Manchester City women’s football captain, Steph Houghton MBE to appear as a live 3D hologram on stage at Vodafone UK’S headquarters ...

oneM2M boosts IoT 3GPP interworking with new release

oneM2M has published Release 3, its third set of specifications for its global IoT interoperability standard, which it states includes dramatically enhanced 3GPP interworking and new capabilities to unlock value in industrial and smart home applications.

The organisation claims that ...

iPTT recruits Keith Liddell and moves premises

iPTT, a UK-based PTT over Cellular (PoC) device and service provider, has recruited Keith Liddell as a communications consultant to support the UK and Ireland’s two-way radio and professional communications dealer and reseller network. The company has also recently moved its premises having run out ...

Drones and robots trialled for chemical detection use

Trials of drones weighing less than a bar of soap and robots that can climb stairs have taken place at Gloucestershire Fire Service College, as part of MoD and Home Office backed Project Minerva.

The project aims to reduce the risk to emergency services and front-line troops attending ...


ESMCP publishes PIN for air to ground communications

The Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) has published a prior information notice (PIN) to inform the future procurement of its Air to Ground (A2G), Aircraft Communications System (ACS) Project.

The notice states that “Previous market engagement and evolution of the ...

EE refarming 3G spectrum for 4G

In the next six months, BT Group-owned EE will switch more than 500 mobile towers’ use of its 2,100MHz spectrum from 3G to 4G, in the process enabling LTE users to benefit from five-carrier aggregation.

These sites are situated where there is the greatest demand for mobile internet and ...

Andromeda provides PoC communications to Pedal for Scotland event

Pedal for Scotland, the country’s largest cycling event relied on Andromeda’s AD100-GPS radios for the third year running. The radios operate over the public 3G mobile data networks to provide full coverage of all 145 miles of the course and 16 simultaneous group channels.

Prior to the ...

Cambium Networks expands hospitality wireless connectivity team

Cambium Networks has appointed Jean-François Fontaine-Boullé as its new director of hospitality sales – EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

He has joined Cambium Networks from global technology company Exceptional Innovation, where he was responsible for frame agreements in EMEA and ...

Vintage Mini Cooper fleet equipped with vehicle trackers

Smallcarbigcity’s fleet of vintage Mini Coopers is now being tracked using Kinesis’s telematics system, which allows vehicles’ movements to be followed from any internet enabled device.

Kinesis is also providing additional intelligence including driver and vehicle performance data, ...


Comms innovation power list published

Industry organisation the GSMA has published a list of the “world’s most promising growth-stage companies,” to identify the next generation of connectivity and digital services. It is called the ‘GSMA 100.’

According to the organisation, those on the list were chosen by mobile operators ...



Ericsson takes-over CENX

Ericsson is set to acquire CENX, a US-based service technology company specialising in cloud-native service assurance and automation. The industry giant believes that the move will strengthen its position as a leader in the operations support system (OSS) and managed services markets.


WBA: New WiFi iteration will be “revolutionary”

The Wireless Broadband Alliance has published a white paper highlighting the ways in which it believes the next generation of WiFi –802.11ax – will “revolutionise the industry.”

The paper, which is called ‘Enhanced Wi-Fi – 802.11ax decoded’ illustrates benefits in relation to WiFi ...

Huge uptake of mission critical LTE predicted

The mission critical broadband market is set to rapidly expand in the coming years, according to figures released by analysts IHS Markit.

Analysis from the organisation indicates that utilities will be the most fertile sector, with 120 per cent growth predicted by 2021. The public safety ...

Pennine's polyaryletherketone roll-out

Pennine Radio has provided a Motorola MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus system at polyaryletherketone products manufacturer Victrex’s main plant in Thornton Cleveleys, in Lancashire. The system is integrated with the vendor’s own IP-based control room solution, TRBOnet.

According to Pennine, the ...

Oxford United kits-out training facility

Oxfordshire technology company LAN3 has signed a multi-year deal with Oxford United Football Club to roll-out fixed and wireless broadband infrastructure to its new training facility. The company will also provide cybersecurity.

According to a statement, the Wi-Fi network – which has ...

Beta testers wanted for hybrid PoC/DMR handset

The Toughphone Ltd is seeking beta testers with experience of two-way radio and PTT over Cellular (PoC) communications to get hands-on with its new hybrid device, the Defender PTT Crossover, which supports PoC, DMR, dPMR, and analogue.

The handset is intended to allow a smooth transition ...

Scottish school rolls out light-based broadband solution

Kyle Academy in Ayr, Scotland has become the first school in the world to pilot LiFi technology in the classroom.

The project, which has been carried out to “enhance the learning environment,” is being conducted with the University of Edinburgh, and is being overseen by Scottish Futures ...

Sainsbury’s experiments with till-free shopping

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is trialling wireless scanning technology in an effort to allow customers to “grab their groceries and skip the checkout completely.”

The trial, which according to the company, is the first of its kind in the UK, is taking place at its Clapham North Station ...


Visual impairment accessibility app launched in the US

US company RightHear has developed a smartphone solution to help make public buildings fully accessible to those with visual impairments and has launched it in the US.

The system uses Bluetooth beacons to provide users with real time voice cues via the use of an app. This includes ...
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