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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.

ESN looking to quickly switch to open standards

During an update on the Emergency Services Network (ESN) at the BAPCO Satellite Series event in Edinburgh, Richard Hewlett, head of technology and the head of live services, ESMCP (Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme), revealed that the programme is considering dropping the ...

Ericsson: 5G subscriptions to exceed a billion by 2023

The Ericsson Mobility Report has predicted that the number of 5G subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband will exceed one billion by the end of 2023 (around 12 per cent of global subscriptions).

By that time, the report’s authors predict that close to 50 per cent of all mobile ...

Khan sets out plan to make London the world’s smartest city

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has today (11 June) published his vision to make London the world’s smartest city and launched a city-wide initiative to use the capital’s tech talent to tackle some of its challenges – including poor air quality, urban design and digital connectivity.


EE to roll out London 5G trial

EE has announced the October switch-on of what it claims will be the UK’s first live 5G trial network, situated at London’s Tech City.

The initiative will take place across ten sites, made up of five small businesses and five homes. It will, in the words of the company, “demonstrate the ...

New public safety comms standards body announced

A new organisation focusing on standards in broadband critical communications has been launched, in the form of the Public Safety Technology Alliance (PSTA).

According to a statement, the PSTA will focus on the development of open standards as well as facilitating interoperability. It is ...

Huawei brings 3GPP Release 14 to NB-IoT

Huawei claims to have released the world’s first 3GPP Release 14 based commercial NB-IoT solution, eRAN13.1.

The company states that the new solution offers a seven-fold improvement in data rates tThe uplink peak rate and downlink single-user peak rate can reach 157 kbit/s and 102 ...

GSMA: first European NB-IoT roaming trial completed

The GSMA announced on 30 May that mobile operators Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Group have successfully completed the first international roaming trial in Europe using licensed NB-IoT technology.

The trial was performed using global SIMs from Deutsche Telekom on Vodafone Spain’s ...


New broadband for Merseyside giants

Wireless Infrastructure Group has deployed a new 4G network at Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club. The stadium-wide solution was rolled out in collaboration with O2 and Vodafone, with plans to incorporate other service providers at a later date.

According to WIG, the ...

BT’s remote disaster recovery solution

BT has partnered with Comms365 to provide contingency 4G connectivity to BT exchanges in remote areas such as Shetland and the Orkney Islands.

This means that rather than sending engineers to fix a fault – a process which previously could take up to a week depending on the weather – any ...

Brian Back re-elected as LPRA vice chair

Brian Back was re-elected as the vice chair of the Low Power Radio Association (LPRA) on 29 May

Back is the founder and CEO of Radio Data Networks, and has been involved with the LPRA since its early days and encourages business professionals involved with the use of wireless technology ...

HERE Technologies and Sigfox team up on asset tracking

HERE Technologies and Sigfox have announced a partnership to develop and deploy a global location service for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, particularly in supply chain and logistics.

The service will integrate HERE’s global coverage of WiFi hotspots with the Sigfox worldwide ...

Save the date: PMRExpo 2018 from November 27 to 29

The 18th PMRExpo will take place on November 27 to 29 2018 at Koelnmesse?, its usual venue.

In 2018, the professional mobile radio and control centre event is expecting to receive more than 4,300 visitors from all around the globe and more than 225 national and international exhibitors. ...

Kingsway Shopping Centre opts for PTT over Cellular

?Ninehundred Communications Group has installed its 900PTT (Push-to-Talk Over Cellular) system at Kingsway Shopping Centre, Newport, on behalf of its client Jones Lang LaSalle.

Kingsway has 10 SY580 PoC handheld terminals on site with a dispatcher software installed on a laptop in its ...

Sporting analytics specialist ups its game

Sports intelligence company STATS has launched a player tracking system incorporating what it calls a “revolutionary 50-Hz sampling frequency” to provide real time on-pitch performance metrics.

According to the company, STATS GPS enables the monitoring of up to 100 participants, as well ...

Nokia's command and control innovation

Nokia has launched Advanced Command Centre, a control room solution designed to facilitate public safety organisations’ increasing use of broadband data.

According to the company, the product is designed to enable next generation 911/‘rich media’ call-taking from members of the public. ...

Gatwick rolls out monster IT network

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has updated Gatwick Airport’s IT infrastructure, a move intended to both futureproof the system and make it more tolerant to disruption.

The new meshed network – which is built on “many multiples of 40Gb connections” – is designed to remove bottlenecks ...

Amphenol Procom formed through brand consolidation

On 15 May, Amphenol Private Networks and its portfolio of brands (Procom, Jaybeam and Skymasts) were streamlined into a single brand and company: Amphenol Procom.

Mette Brink, CEO of Amphenol Procom said: "We are so fortunate to have three strong brands in Procom, Jaybeam and Skymasts – ...

First London City premises connects to Openreach FTTP

BT Openreach's Fibre First programme has connected to its first office building in the City of London, 21 Whitefriars Street. According to the Corporation of London, 12,000 more buildings will be given access to the fibre-to-the-premises service across the course of this year.

Speaking ...

Barnacle and Aeris to make life easier for traffic wardens with IoT

Aeris is providing Barnacle Parking Enforcement with an IoT connectivity solution for the latter's Barnacles - bright light-weight yellow devices that can be used by parking officers to immobilise vehicles by covering their windshields, as a more efficient alternative to the heavy metal boots that ...

Huawei Launches eLTE Multimedia Critical Communications System

(Advertorial) eLTE Enables Comprehensive Awareness, Multi-Service Collaboration and Dispatching Everywhere and Anywhere

[Berlin, Germany, May 16, 2018] Huawei launched its eLTE Multimedia Critical Communications System (eLTE MCCS) today at Critical Communications World 2018. eLTE MCCS is ...

Vehicle 'instant diagnostics' tool launched

Telematics supplier Kinesis has launched a vehicle safety check app providing electronic updates in real time to fleet management systems. The solution, which runs on both Apple and Android devices, is also designed to enable staff to record vehicle defects using their device's digital camera.

ICCAs: This year’s winners

The International Critical Communications Awards took place in Berlin on 15 May and were co-located for the first time with Critical Communications World.

The awards ceremony, which attracted a record number of entries, consisted of nine categories and these were assessed by an ...

Motorola's 'anywhere, anytime' LTE solution for first responders

Motorola Solutions is launching a portable, secure LTE network infrastructure product designed for the emergency services

According to the company, the WiFi equipped-LXN 500 creates an on-demand LTE bubble with a reach of up to one kilometre, scaling to 100 users. The platform on which ...

Motorola Solutions expects to extend Airwave contract by five years or more

?During a conference call to discuss the company’s 1Q18 results, Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions’ CEO, said that “…we now believe the Airwave contract will be extended by five or more years,” due to “ongoing, active and productive” discussions.

He also said that “we would look to ...
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