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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.

GSMA: unlocking spectrum will add huge benefits to global economy

A report published this week by mobile network trade body the GSMA suggests that $565 billion could be added to global GDP in the next 15 years, through the freeing of spectrum for the mobile industry to deliver “innovative 5G services.”

According to organisation, the report – ...

JVC Kenwood completes purchase of 40% stake in Tait Communications

The Tait Foundation announced the completion of the sale of a 40 per cent stake in Tait Communications to JVC Kenwood on 10 December.

The deal was initially announced back in August by JVC Kenwood and Garry Diack, Tait Communications’ chief executive had been previously reported as ...

Nimans adds Cobra two-way radios to its portfolio

Nimans has become the exclusive UK distributor of a new range of rugged professional and business two-way radios from Cobra (one of the largest consumer radio brands in the US).

The models include the PU880 BG, which is claimed to have a 10km talk range and the PU500 BG with an 8km ...

ESMCP invites tenders for £100m air-to-ground contract

The Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) has published an invitation to tender (ITT) for the air-to-ground component of the Emergency Services Network (ESN) service.

The procurement seeks to establish a framework agreement valued at £100 million, that ESMCP and user ...

NATO deploys IoT satellite tracking devices to study marine currents

Scientists from the NATO Science & Technology Organization (NATO STO) are deploying an IoT solution using SPOT Trace tracking devices and Globalstar satellite communications to further their understanding of the world’s oceans.

Scientists from the NATO Science & Technology Organization ...

Vodafone launches self-optimising mobile plan for businesses

Vodafone has today (6 December) launched Business Optimiser, which it claims is the UK’s first self-optimising mobile payment plan and is available to organisations with more than 250 employees.

It has been developed because businesses’ requirements vary from month to month and the ...

Huawei and Intel's 5G milestone

Intel and Huawei have announced the successful completion of 2.6GHz 5G NR interoperability and development testing (IoDT), based on the 3GPP Release 15 global standard (September version). According to a statement, this represents the world's first test of its kind and is a "key milestone towards ...

Sepura's new Nordic connection

Sepura has recruited new business development manager Roland Pettersson with the aim, according to the company, of strengthening its presence in the Nordic market.

Speaking of the move, Gary Maughan, Sepura's regional director for Northern Europe, said: “Roland has a track record in ...


Nokia: IoT botnet activity up 33% since 2016

According to Nokia’s Threat Intelligence Report 2019, IoT (Internet of Things) botnet activity accounted for 78 per cent of malware detection events in communication service provider (CSP) networks in 2018. This is up from the 33 per cent seen in 2016, when IoT botnets were first seen in meaningful ...

Delivery partners chosen for major UK police IT project

Deloitte and BT have been confirmed as suppliers for the UK police national enabling programmes (NEP), as well as the burgeoning police national management centre (NMC).

Deloitte has been selected as the ‘client delivery partner,’ providing a range of services to assist forces in ...

Police ICT Airwave contract winners announced

The Police ICT Company has awarded its national Airwave terminal procurement framework contract to radio manufacturers Motorola Solutions and Sepura.

The framework is designed to offer a centrally managed solution which, according to the Police ICT Company, will “free forces of the ...

Emergency Services Network testing gets under way

The Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) has started testing Emergency Services Network coverage, using its recently-announced solution ESN Assure.

The first phase of testing is currently taking place across England and Wales, using an initial roll out of one ...

O2 and Nokia trialling massive MIMO at Kings Cross and Marble Arch

O2 is working with Nokia on two massive MIMO trials in Kings Cross and Marble Arch, which are aimed at enhancing connectivity for O2 customers and paving the way for the future deployment of 5G across the capital.

O2 is working with Nokia on two massive MIMO trials in Kings Cross and ...

EE and BT Sport perform live broadcast with remote production over 5G

On 21 November, BT Group’s EE and BT Sport claimed to have demonstrated the first live broadcast with remote production over 5G. BT Sport will use this approach to increase the coverage available to viewers with more matches and faster highlights.

Ahead of the FA-recognised EE Wembley ...

Airspan Networks acquires Mimosa Networks

Airspan Networks announced on 20 November that it has acquired Mimosa Networks, thereby obtaining the latter’s capabilities and innovations in wireless broadband point-to-point and point-to-multipoint networks and expanding Airspan’s existing North American presence with an engineering centre in ...

Both sides claim victory in Motorola Solutions/Hytera patent saga

Several major developments have occurred in the ongoing court battles between Motorola Solutions and Hytera over the latter’s alleged patent infringement in relation to the former’s products.

The latest news comes from Germany, where the Regional Court of Düsseldorf has issued a ...


Heathrow upgrades communications management

Heathrow has appointed airport technology specialist SITA to provide support to its communication network. This includes more than 12,000 telephones, 150,000 LAN connections, 1,900 radios and more than 3,500 WLAN access points across its campus.

According to Heathrow, the service ...

GSMA launches initiative to drive operator edge cloud AR/VR development

The GSMA has today (21 November) announced the launch of The GSMA Cloud AR/VR Forum, which will focus on the development of cloud virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology.

The organisation states that the forum (which was unveiled at Huawei’s 9th Global Mobile Broadband ...

Retained firefighter solution wins major comms industry award

GlobalView Systems has won the Federation of Communication Services (FCS) 2018 Gerald David Award for Innovation in Business Radio, for its RETAIN Solution. The award was presented at the Business Radio Gala Dinner, which took place earlier this week at the Chateau Impney hotel near Droitwich ...

EE reveals its 5G launch plan for 2019

EE has announced that the launch of its 5G service in 2019 will start in six cities (London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester), and the operator will add another 10 over the course of the year (Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, ...


Semi-autonomous barges to cut traffic congestion in Dutch city

Dell EMC and Nokia have become lead technology partners in a public-private smart city initiative to help the Dutch City of Delft reduce truck congestion in its centre using semi-autonomous, hydrogen-powered barges in existing waterways for ‘last mile’ transportation.

Dell EMC and Nokia, ...

KDR Powerlines starts using Kinesis Telematics

KDR Powerlines, contractors to the electricity industry, including network operator UK Power Networks, has implemented vehicle tracking from Kinesis, to boost the safety of field staff and the security of its assets.

KDR Powerlines provides a range of construction and maintenance ...
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