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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.

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 ...

DAMM launches a VHF TETRA radio at CCW

DAMM has launched what it claims to be the world’s first TETRA radio that operates in VHF.

The new VHF FT5 TETRA handset allows TETRA users to make use of the extra coverage that can be achieved with VHF. The device is the result of a joint project between DAMM and Funktel GmbH; it ...

UK Government releases £40m for further 5G testbed and trial projects

Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright announced that £40 million will be invested in 5G testbed and trial projects across UK industry, at 5G World Conference as part of London Tech Week.

While previous investment in the 5G testbeds and trials programme has driven work in the healthcare, ...

KT wins big at the 2019 5G World Awards

KT, the South Korean operator scooped four categories at the 2019 5G World Awards, winning Best Network Automation Technology, Best 5G Commercial Launch, Most Innovative 5G Trial, and Telecom Service Innovation.

Huawei won both the Best 5G Core Network Technology and Revolutionary ...

TETRA security enhancements under way

ETSI has begun work on the next generation of TETRA security features? to ensure that the standard remains fully protected into the future against the rising levels of threats from cyber criminals. The enhancements will include additional encryption algorithms designed to resist cryptanalysis into ...

An MBE for Copper Horse’s CEO

David Rogers, CEO of Copper Horse (a mobile and IoT security company) and the author of the UK’s Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in recognition of his services to cyber security, in The Queen’s Birthday ...

Ofcom’s chief executive to step down

Ofcom announced yesterday (6 June) that its chief executive, Sharon White, will step down from her position around the turn of the year.

White (pictured) is leaving to become chairman of The John Lewis Partnership. She joined Ofcom in March 2015 from HM Treasury where she was second ...

Smurfit Kappa opts for ANT Telecom’s lone worker solution

Smurfit Kappa Group plc, a FTSE 100 company in the corrugated and paper packaging industry has rolled out ANT’s lone worker protection system across all 19 of its UK sites.

ANT Telecom has been working with Smurfit Kappa since 2011 and initially provided lone worker devices across five ...

iPTT's new PoC hand portable

iPTT has announced its its new PoC hand portable, the iPTT P500, following detailed discussions with its resellers and end users of its PTT over Cellular (PoC) solution to identify features and benefits that match the needs of its customer base.

The device has been designed with the ...

Harbourne Village BID opts for two-way radios from M.R.S Communications

Harbourne Village BID decided that it required a two-way radio communications system to ensure that the village is a safe and well connected community. Following some research, it selected M.R.S Communications to install a reliable radio system that provides full area coverage.

M.R.S’s ...

IoT: Wi-Fi, Ethernet and cellular protocols dominate in Libelium survey

Wi-Fi, Ethernet and cellular protocols are currently the most popular means of connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) projects, followed by LoRaWAN, according to a survey conducted by Libelium, which focused on the main challenges, concerns and barriers faced while developing technological ...

Dover-based sea-going organisations opt for PoC

Three organisations on Kent’s East Coast are sharing an Icom PTT over Cellular (PoC) LTE system and IP501H handheld radios to enhance their communications.

James Salmon, managing director, Dover Marine Services and Dover Sea Safari, and director of the Wet Wheels South East charity ...

Stormzy helps launch EE's 5G network

EE has marked the launch of its UK 5G network with a ‘5G’ powered gig from pop star Stormzy, delivered against the backdrop of Tower Bridge in London. The performance was illuminated by over 200 LEDs linked to the network, from which beams of light were projected 1,000 feet into the surrounding ...

Irish university’s 5G first

Maynooth University in the Republic of Ireland has opened the country’s National 5G test centre.

The €1.5 million facility – which has been named ‘RadioSpace’ - is the country’s first large-scale site specifically intended for the research and testing of technologies needed for 5G and ...

Opensignal: UK in 25th place for 4G availability

The UK is in 26th place in the world for download speed experience and in 25th place for 4G availability according to Opensignal’s State of the Mobile Experience report (May).

The UK scored 21.7 Mbps for download speed experience, 7.4 Mbps for upload speed experience, and 84.7 per cent ...


Bittium launches new secure smartphone

Earlier this week, Bittium launched its Bittium ToughMobile 2, which it describes as being “ultra secure”, due to a multi-layered security structure, based on hardened Android™ 9 Pie operating system, hardware solutions, and information security features and software integrated in the source ...

EE’s 5G launch transforms UK from “laggard to leader”

EE has announced the launch of what it’s calling the UK’s first 5G services for businesses. The portfolio of products includes a network - which is anticipated to go live at the end of this month - alongside six new 5G smartphones and devices.

The network will see an initial roll-out in ...

Tait completes TfL bus digital radio project

Tait Communications has completed its work to upgrade Transport for London's (TfL) surface fleet of 9,200 red buses (which run over more than 650 contracted bus routes) with high-reliability digital radio communications.

Tait was chosen in March 2018 by TfL to replace London’s bus radio ...

RFS appoints its new president and CEO

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) announced on 22 May that it has appointed Monika Maurer as its new president and CEO, with immediate effect. The position became available when Herbert Merz, the previous president and CEO, left to pursue his own projects.

The company is a global designer ...
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