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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.

RadioTrade and GlobalView Systems team up

GlobalView Systems and RadioTrade Ltd have announced that RadioTrade is now a distributor for the R-LinX Simple Alarm Handler and new WiFi call buttons

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with RadioTrade, who bring a combination of technical expertise and exceptional customer ...

Next phase of Square Mile broadband deployment completed

Cambridge Communication Systems has announced the roll-out of what it refers to as “a next-generation” small cell network in London’s Square Mile. The system includes neutral host, self-organising, 5G microwave backhaul provided by CCS Metnet.

The announcement marks the completion of the ...

APD’s ICCS first to receive ESN accreditation

APD Communications’ integrated command and control system (ICCS) Cortex has been officially certified for use with the Emergency Services Network. It is the first such solution to be accredited by the Network Approval Testing Service, otherwise known as NATS.

The solution brings together ...

Scottish Prison Service seeks TETRA maintenance services

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has issued a prior information notice (PIN) (dated 7 March), which states that it requires maintenance services for its existing TETRA-based digital radio system across all of its sites.

This encompasses replacing existing system equipment as and when ...

Hytera reports 56% YoY increase in revenue for 2017

According to Hytera’s Annual Report, the Chinese company generated CNY 5.4 billion (£600 million) in revenue in 2017, up 56 per cent year-on-year. 2017 was the year that the company completed its acquisition of Sepura Group (including its subsidiaries, Teltronic and PowerTrunk) and Norsat.

Pennine acquires MTelecom’s two-way radio business

Pennine has acquired Durham-based MTelecom’s two-way radio business for an undisclosed sum, encompassing the latter’s goodwill, assets, stock and test equipment.

The sale was prompted by the retirement of MTelecom’s managing director, Stephen Black, who founded the business as Border ...

Arqiva and O2 to deploy small cells in London Boroughs

Arqiva, a UK communications infrastructure company, and O2 have today (12 April) announced plans to deploy up to 300 small cells across London, one of the biggest outdoor small cell deployments by O2 in the UK to date.

The small cells, once installed, will provide enhanced mobile data ...

Hytera UK partner event recognises two-way radio excellence

The Hytera 2018 Dealer Partner Conference, which took place in late March, recognised a number of the company’s partners in the two-way radio industry.

The winners were: Radio Systems Limited (System of the Year 2017 for its Port of Felixstowe deployment), Radiocoms Systems Ltd (Top ...

RadioTrade and Panorama Antennas team up

RadioTrade Ltd became an accredited distributor for Panorama Antennas' range of antennas and accessories on 3 April. The distributor will have the most popular items stocked and ready for next day delivery.

Richard Searle, RadioTrade's managing director said: “We are very pleased to have ...

Innovative crime investigation tool launched

Information specialist SAS has launched Intelligence and Investigation Management, an analytics-based tool designed to help law enforcement agencies integrate disparate information streams in real time.

According to the company, the product uses text analytics to search a variety of ...

MIT working on ‘wordless transcription’ technology

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a computer interface able to transcribe words which the user verbalises internally, without the need for them to speak aloud.

The system consists of a wearable headset, which uses electrodes to pick up ...

Axis awarded 'cyber essentials' accreditation

Network video specialist Axis Communications has received the UK government's 'cyber essentials' accreditation.

The scheme, which was launched in 2014, encourages businesses to adhere to best-practices in IT security. It requires that a variety of security controls are put in place ...

Vodafone acquires 5G spectrum

Vodafone UK has acquired the largest amount of 3.4 GHz spectrum - 50 MHz - to be used for mobile data services, in Ofcom’s current auction. The total cost of the purchase is £378.2 million.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Vodafone UK will use the 3400 MHz spectrum to deploy 5G ...

Global membership of IoT organisation skyrockets

Internet of Things-focused consortium the Wi-SUN Alliance has seen its membership increase by more than 60 per cent in the last year.

According to the figures released by the organisation, 70 new members - including product vendors and utility companies – have joined, taking total ...

Airport FRS gateway solution tested

Sysoco has successfully tested a gateway radio solution ahead of a planned roll-out at Lyon-Bron and Lyon Saint-Exupery airports.

As part of the test, the company, which is a Sepura partner for France, took part in a rapid intervention exercise simulating an accident between an aircraft ...

Fire safety specialist improves cyber security

Protec Fire Detection has attempted to improve its business continuity and communications strategy through the deployment of technology developed by Opengear.

According to the latter company, its products deliver “secure, resilient access and automation to critical IT infrastructure, ...

Simoco adds to management team

Simoco Wireless Solutions has appointed Graeme Warne to the newly-created position of business development manager.

According to the company, his task will be to oversee its range of solutions for transport organisations, an area in which the company is rapidly-growing. His previous role ...

Tait wins contract to upgrade TfL’s bus fleet to DMR Tier III

Tait Communications and Transport for London (TfL) today (23 March) signed a contract for the replacement of London’s bus radio system with a new digital mobile DMR Tier III radio system.

The agreement will see Tait Communications manufacture and replace both the communications ...

Free WiFi solution celebrates milestone

BT and InLinkUK have announced the deployment of the 100th unit in their joint ‘InLinkUK from BT’ free WiFi roll-out.

The most recent device - which takes the form of a large pillar positioned on the pavement - is in Wandsworth. Previous deployments have included several other London ...

All change at Ericsson

Ericsson has made major changes to its executive team, appointing Xavier Dedullen as senior vice president, chief legal officer and head of legal affairs.

According to the company, Dedullen has had an “extensive international career” including time at Swiss company LafargeHolcim where he ...


AT&T launches the FirstNet evolved packet core

In the US, AT&T has launched the FirstNet network core, which will process and carry public safety users’ vital information, unlock critical capabilities like FirstNet’s First Priority feature (see below) and form the basis for what the company describes as “the unified, interoperable and ...

Live ESN demonstration at BAPCO 2018 is a hit with users

A live demonstration of the ESN service took place at BAPCO 2018, with calls being made over an ESN handset provided by Samsung, Motorola Solutions’ software and the ESN network run by EE.

The demonstration took place using a beta release of the BSR1 software drop, which contains a lot ...

Hexagon joins British APCO

Control room specialist Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure has joined BAPCO (the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials) as a Platinum member.

According to the company, as a platinum member it will contribute to “the continuous improvement of UK public safety and the ...

Public safety comms associations make major event announcement

BAPCO and TCCA have announced that next year's Critical Communications Europe - which is staged on behalf of the latter organisation - will take place in conjunction with the BAPCO Annual Conference & Exhibition. The venue for both will be the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, in March of 2019.

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