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.

Half of Jubilee line to get 4G coverage in March

According to Transport for London (TfL), full mobile connectivity for the eastern half of the London Underground Jubilee line will be in place from March 2020.

The trial section will cover the platforms and tunnels between Westminster and Canning Town and will build on TfL’s free Wi-Fi ...

Public Accounts Committee raises more concerns over ESN

The work by the Home Office to deliver the Emergency Services Network (ESN) has come under fire from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), in its latest report on the high profile and much-delayed project

Its latest report on ESN states that despite the reset of the programme in 2018, “We ...

Livewire Digital's ESA project takes off

?Livewire Digital has completed its 900,000 Euro ‘smart networking phase 3’ project for the European Space Agency (ESA).

It has also rolled out its RazorLink cross platform software. This is designed to provide “seamless communications across cellular, terrestrial and satellite networks ...

Three launches 5G-ready core network; Vodafone expands its 5G footprint

Yesterday (16 July) Three UK and Nokia announced that they have launched what they claim is the world’s first 5G-ready fully integrated cloud core network, in preparation for Three’s 5G rollout.

According to two companies, the new core network provides increased security, flexibility and ...

Chris Good Haulage implements a Kinesis telematics system

Chris Good Haulage has recently implemented a vehicle telematics, tracking and driver solution from Kinesis. It is using it to improve driving behaviour, monitor out of hours vehicle usage and reduce the risk of theft.

Shrewsbury-based Chris Good Haulage specialises in UK curtainsider ...

Hytera’s VM780 combination bodycam/PoC radio is now available

Hytera’s latest body-worn video camera, the VM780, is now commercially available in the UK. It doubles as a PTT over Cellular (PoC) radio, while also possessing integrated remote speaker microphone functionality.

The VM780 features a 2.8” TFT-LCD colour touch screen, a 216-degree ...

WBA releases guidelines for Wi-Fi 6 deployment

The Wireless Broadband Alliance has released a set of guidelines to aid operators, system integrators, consultants, network planners, installers and end-user organisations in the deployment of the new generation of Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) – in the form of a white paper.

It provides ...

Icom’s IC-SAT100 satellite PTT handheld radio is now available

Icom has announced that its IC-SAT100 satellite PTT handheld radio, which uses the Iridium satellite network, is now commercially available in the UK.

The IC-SAT100 can be used to communicate in remote areas where there is no cellular, radio or landline network infrastructure, or when ...

Europump opts for mobile working tech from BigChange

Europump, a fuel pump maintenance service provider, has deployed cloud and mobile technology from BigChange as part of a real-time system for managing field engineering operations.

The system combines a 5 in 1 mobile app called JobWatch that connects with central software including ...

Satellite IoT market predicted to hit $5.9bn by 2025

The global market for IoT-based satellite services, focused on end-device connectivity hardware and annual connectivity fees, is predicted to grow to $5.9 billion in 2025, according to a report by Rethink Technology Research.

The report, “Satellite IoT Forecast 2019-2025”, also expects ...

Vodafone launches UK 5G network

Vodafone UK has launched its 5G offering for consumer and business customers, at an event taking place in the heart of the City of London.

Coverage across the network will be provided by Ericsson, leveraging solutions including its Baseband 6630 and Massive MIMO 6488 products, in order ...

Kinesis puts out call for partners

Kinesis has announced its intention to make its vehicle tracking service more widely available to potential partners, via a new reseller programme.

According to a statement, it is seeking suppliers in the fleet sector who want to “add value to their business with a tracking service ...

Survey: majority of businesses not ready for 5G

A new study from network edge solutions company Cradlepoint has suggested that while businesses expect 5G to be a “major part of their technology roadmap,” the majority have “a long way to go” before they are actually ready to implement a solution.

The research, which was carried out at ...

Australia: Victoria Police’s mobile working push

Motorola Solutions has completed the rollout of a new mobile working managed service to Victoria Police two months ahead of schedule.

Officers across the state have been personally issued with 9,398 mobile devices (iPad minis and iPhones in rugged cases) loaded with the iOS-native IRIS ...

Peter Clemons to advise Genaker as part of its global push

Peter Clemons, founder of Quixoticity, has reached an agreement with Spanish MCPTT specialist, Genaker, to become its global advisor, as the company looks to expand internationally.

Genaker and Quixoticity will work closely together with the entire global critical communications ...

One step for Lacuna Space, one giant leap for LoRaWAN

Lacuna Space has completed the first phase of testing as part of its work in conjunction with Semtech to allow direct communications from LoRa-based devices to satellite gateways using the LoRaWAN protocol.

Lacuna’s first satellite launch of the year was on 1 April from the Satish ...

Extreme Networks to buy Aerohive Networks

Extreme Networks and Aerohive Networks announced on 26 June that Extreme will acquire Aerohive for approximately $272 million, with the transaction expected to close in Extreme’s 1QFY2020.

The acquisition will add critical cloud management and edge capabilities to Extreme's portfolio ...

Peterborough’s social housing IoT testbed

CityFibre and Cross Key Homes (CKH), Peterborough’s largest social housing landlord, are partnering on a trial at three of CKH’s residential locations to assess the potential benefits of using sensors to monitor health, safety and environmental factors and their ability to deliver cost and carbon ...

Police Scotland’s £21m mobile phone rollout begins

Police Scotland has begun the process of issuing approximately 10,000 of its uniformed officers with mobile devices. Officers in Dundee, Perth, Kinross and Angus will be among the first to start using them.

Officers will be able to use the devices to access a range of police systems ...

Battery capacity breakthrough announced

Researchers at Nokia Bell Labs and AMBER, the SFI Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research hosted at Trinity College Dublin claim that their new battery composition delivers two and a half times the energy storage density of any battery currently on the market.

A patent ...

Zeetta Networks wins £10k prize at ENGIE’s Big Pitch

Zeetta Networks (a company focusing on network slicing) won the top prize of £10,00 and the opportunity to develop a proof of concept with ENGIE’s (an energy and services company) UK business at the latter’s Big Pitch competition, on 19 June.

Zeetta Networks’ pitch focused on customising ...

Swissphone signs paging deals with five NHS Trusts

Over the past three months, Swissphone Wireless AG has secured contracts with five NHS Trusts, including the Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, to replace their old paging infrastructure and provide emergency alerting systems. Combined, these contracts also cover the rollout of more than ...

ICCAs 2019: The winners

The winners of the 2019 International Critical Communications Awards were unveiled during an award ceremony which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia alongside Critical Communications World.

The awards were fiercely contested, with there being two categories in which two entries were ...
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