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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.

O2's 5G service goes live

?O2 has launched its 5G network in the UK, with a range of new tariffs including an unlimited data plan. The 5G network is live in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds, improving capacity and reliability in key places.

The company will deploy 5G first in locations where ...

Impact of 2G switch-off highlighted in UK SPF report

Despite the mobile’s industry’s current focus on 5G, the need for 2G services is likely to continue into the 2030s, given the extent to which they are relied upon by the elderly, rural users and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, according to a report by Real Wireless; which was produced for ...

Icom launches an LTE/PoC mobile radio terminal for commercial vehicles

Icom has launched the IP501M, a LTE/PTT over Cellular (PoC) mobile radio, to complete its range of LTE radio products.

As the IP501M uses public mobile networks, it offers users nationwide or European PTT coverage. The IP501M has the same Man Machine Interface (MMI), operating menu and ...

Audax wins big on BWV in Vietnam

Audax – a Plymouth, UK-based body-worn video (BWV) company – has won a number of major contracts to supply Vietnam’s military and police forces with thousands of its BWV cameras. So far, Audax has shipped 2,000 cameras with another 2,500 to shipped before Christmas.

Adam Liardet, Audax’s ...

Huawei reports strong growth, not barred by German regulator's new rules

In the first three quarters of 2019, Huawei generated CNY610.8 billion in revenue (£66.9 billion), up 24.4 per cent year-on-year, while its profit margin in this period was 8.7 per cent.

Huawei has so far signed more than 60 commercial 5G contracts with mobile network operators (MNOs) ...


Hull opts for a smart city 'operating system'

Hull City Council will use Connexin’s CityOS platform to integrate, view, manage and respond to information from a range of council services, sensors and systems, using a single intelligent dashboard.

The platform will allow a centralised approach to information collection, pulling ...

Small Cell Forum appoints new chair

?The Small Cell Forum (SCF) has appointed Dr. Prabhakar Chitrapu as its new chair, replacing AT&T’s David Orloff. Chitrapu leads AT&T’s Converged Access & Device Technology organisation and brings high-level technical and strategic leadership experience to the role.

Unanimously approved ...

Freeway's ‘Fleet in Your Pocket’ app wins innovation challenge

?Freeway Fleet Systems has won an Innovation Challenge at the UK’s annual bus and coach event, Coach & Bus UK, for its commercial vehicle fleet management smartphone app.

The company’s fleet-in-your-pocket app was shortlisted after a public vote by visitors to the show at NEC ...

RFS appoints new CTO; brings connectivity to iconic attraction in Brazil

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a designer and manufacturer of wireless and broadcast infrastructure has appointed John Cole to the role of CTO.

Cole joined RFS in 2018 as VP Base Station Antennas, bringing more than 35 years’ experience in the RF/microwave industry, including senior and ...

New CEO for Simoco’s Australasian arm

Simoco Wireless Solutions has appointed Peter Scarlata as CEO of Simoco Australasia.

Scarlata has more than 20 years’ experience working at senior levels in national and multinational product management, sales and marketing management, engineering, system integration and general ...

Eurostar Global becomes official UK distributor for Bullitt Group

Eurostar Global Electronics has become the official UK distributor for Bullitt Group, the producer of CAT and Land Rover rugged mobile phones.

Peter Carnall, Eurostar Global’s managing director said: “2019 continues to be another record year for Eurostar. Investment throughout 2018 in ...

Vodafone becomes the first UK MNO to share 4G spectrum for rural use

Vodafone is sharing some of its 4G spectrum with StrattoOpencell (part of the Digital Colony UK Infrastructure Platform – soon to be The Freshwave Group) to offer high-speed mobile broadband in remote areas without fibre connectivity, as part of a three-year agreement between the two companies.

Sepura wins a process optimisation award from SHEA Global

SHEA Global, a company specialising in business process optimisation has awarded Sepura its 2019 Business Better Award for Excellence in Process Optimisation.

The award recognises Sepura’s implementation of innovative radio licensing procedures, which have boosted its operational ...

Frequentis and Dimetor team up on BVLOS drone flights

Frequentis has partnered with Dimetor, a mobile network connectivity start-up, to enable beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations.

Dimetor is providing high quality 3G/LTE coverage information which is visualised and used within Frequentis’s flight planning tool, thereby ...


South Western Ambulance Service to trial body-worn video cameras

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) will begin a three-month trial of body-worn video cameras, starting on 1 October, to assess the extent to which they can deter abuse and their effectiveness when obtaining evidence of offences against its ambulance crews.


Tiago Rodrigues becomes WBA CEO

Tiago Rodrigues has today (26 September) become CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) replacing CEO Shrikant Shenwai, one of the WBA’s founders and who will continue to work closely with WBA and the wireless industry.?

Rodrigues joined the WBA back in November 2019 and had been ...

RSI releases TETRA network group call repeater for cross-border comms

Radio Systems Information Ltd (RSI) has released X-Border, a TETRA network group call repeater designed for international border areas where users on different TETRA networks need to talk to each other.

The company describes X-Border as a quick and simple solution that can be set up ...

CCTV Monitoring opts for mobile working tech from BigChange

CCTV Monitoring, a construction site CCTV installation and monitoring company, has rolled out a mobile working system from BigChange.

The company’s engineers have been equipped with rugged tablets running BigChange’s JobWatch app, which enables them to be tracked and connected in ...


Panasonic obtains ESN accreditation for its Toughbook 33 Windows notebook

Panasonic’s Toughbook 33 rugged notebook has become the first Microsoft Windows device to be authorised for use on the Emergency Services Network (ESN).

The 2-in-1 detachable device can therefore be used by all emergency service personnel on the new network. Panasonic worked closely with ...

Wi-Fi 6 certification programme launched

Earlier this week, the Wi-Fi Alliance launched its Wi-Fi Certified 6 certification programme for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 is the first Wi-Fi Certified 6 smartphone. The first products designated Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6, which comprise the test bed for certification, ...

Ranplan appoints new CSO and commercial operations director

Ranplan Group AB has appointed Jon Ullmark, a specialist in the field of IoT and automation, as its chief strategy officer (a new position), effective from 1 September. Earlier this week, Ranplan also announced that it has recruited Anthony Sutton to the newly created role of commercial operations ...

Chatterbox bought by CSE Global

Chatterbox has been acquired by CSE Global, an international systems integrator with offices in more than 20 countries, and has been rebranded as CSE Chatterbox.

The company was founded nearly 30 years ago in Surrey and supplies bespoke integrated two-way radio systems and offers radios ...
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