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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.

UK Home Office awards ESN air-to-ground contract to Cobham

?Cobham has been selected by the Home Office to provide the Emergency Services Network (ESN) with air-to-ground (A2G) communication capabilities.

The Aircraft Communications System (ACS) contract, valued at £64 million, covers both the equipment and services required for ESN’s A2G ...

RootMetrics: EE and Vodafone pull further ahead of the pack

Rootmetric by IHS Markit has in its Review of the Mobile Landscape 1H 2019 reported that EE has the UK’s best performing mobile network, with Vodafone in second place, Three in third place and O2 bringing up the rear.

This pattern held true across UK-wide RootScores for overall ...


NetAlly spin-off formed from NetScout's handheld network testing arm

NetAlly, an independent provider of handheld solutions, has launched today (14 August), having previously been one of NetScout’s business units (and prior to that, part of Fluke Networks).

As part of the launch, NetAlly has announced Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) support for its AirCheck G2 Wi-Fi ...

OneWeb brings its Ku- and Ka-band spectrum into use

OneWeb, a company building a global satellite-based communications network to deliver low latency and high-speed services, has brought its spectrum rights in the Ku- and Ka-bands into use.

To achieve this, the company’s satellites have been transmitting at the designated frequencies in ...

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note10 series

Samsung has unveiled the new flagship Galaxy Note10 range at its Unpacked 2019 event.

The line of premium smartphones come in three forms, a 6.3 inch Note10, a 6.8 inch Note10+ and a 5G version of the Note10+. The Note 10 includes a 6.3 inch FHD+ dynamic AMOLED display, triple rear ...

Connexin rolls out water meters to help prevent future shortage

Connexin has deployed Intelligent Arad water meters across its IoT network (which uses technology from Cisco and Semtech) to help tackle water wastage.

The meters will gather real-time information on water capacity levels, consumption and pass through; this is fed back to Icosa Water via ...

IoT company develops out-of-the-box solutions, seeks resellers

IRIS IoT Solutions Limited has developed a range of out-of-the-box entry-level IoT solutions and is now looking to speak with mobile and two-way radio resellers who might be interested in supplying them to their customers.

The solutions combine easy-to-install battery-powered LoRa ...

APD Communications moves into new offices

APD Communications – the control room software vendor based in Hull, UK – has moved into modern new offices to streamline communication among its 100-plus employees by bringing them together under one roof and support future growth.

APD’s new home, two-storey offices in the shadow of ...

Ofcom releases spectrum to support local innovation

Ofcom announced on 25 July that it will open up spectrum for local use by organisations such as small businesses or start-ups and enabled people to apply to use spectrum that is held by mobile operators but isn’t being used.

The regulator claims that this new approach could enable new ...

Report highlights 5G’s healthcare potential

The Liverpool 5G Testbed and techUK have launched a joint report that highlights how 5G can support the transformation of future healthcare applications and services

The report draws on the experiences of the Liverpool 5G Testbed and makes six recommendations to Government on how best to ...


Satellites and machine learning used to tackle poaching in Africa

Inmarsat, Intel and RESOLVE, a Washington DC based non-profit environmental and health organisation, have developed a satellite connectivity-enabled solution to help protect endangered African wildlife – TrailGuard AI.

The system uses an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered camera to ...


Vodafone and South East Water trial NB-IoT to reduce water leaks

Vodafone and South East Water are trialling the use of NB-IoT in conjunction with specialist equipment to quickly detect water leaks.

A pilot project is currently underway in Kent and will run for a year. The two companies working with partners develop and connect specialist digital ...

Fibre project to underpin Three's 5G network in the West End

Three UK and SSE Enterprise Telecoms have announced they will run a fibre test bed in London’s West End.

The project, which is an ongoing collaboration between the two companies, will boost the capacity of Three’s 4G and 5G networks (the latter will go live in the city in August as a ...

Government signals confidence on rural coverage plan

Speaking prior to his recent departure Jeremy Wright, the outgoing culture secretary, said that he was “very optimistic” that the government will be able to strike the deal proposed by the UK’s mobile operators back in May.

According to their proposals, this would involve the creation ...

Vodafone and O2 finalise 5G network sharing agreement

Vodafone and O2 have agreed to share 5G active equipment on joint network sites across the UK.

This is expected to speed up their rollout of 5G services to their customer base, reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and lower rollout costs (compared with a scenario in ...

Cradlepoint and NetMotion team up on mobile working connectivity

Earlier this week, NetMotion and Cradlepoint announced that they have formed a technology alliance relationship to give customers in public safety, transportation, healthcare, utilities and other mobile workforce-oriented industries access to the companies’ complementary and interoperable range of ...

Wi-Fi helps Royal International Air Tattoo run smoothly

Cambium Networks provided Wi-Fi connectivity to organisers and thousands of spectators at The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire last week.

The company provided more than 100 outdoor and indoor access points across 35 locations at the site, along ...

Body-worn cameras to be mandatory for bailiffs

The Ministry of Justice has announced that the use of body-worn cameras will be made compulsory for bailiffs, in line with a recommendation made by the Justice Committee back in April.

The announcement, which does not relate to County Court bailiffs, follows a recent Government call ...

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 ...
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