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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.

Government 5G investment will 'reduce uncertainty'

The wireless communications sector has responded with enthusiasm to the government's announcement that it intends to invest heavily in next generation mobile broadband over the next five years.

The announcement was made this week by chancellor Philip Hammond during his autumn statement ...

Ofcom spectrum cap rules out BT/EE bids

Communications regulator Ofcom has announced that BT/EE will not be able to bid in the 2.3 GHz band in its auction of 190 MHz of 4G mobile spectrum, taking place next year.

This is due the organisation’s imposition of a cap of 255 MHz on ‘immediately useable’ spectrum that can be bought ...

MPs raise concerns over ESN contingency plans

Witnesses from the Home Office, EE and Motorola Solutions were questioned by MPs earlier this month on the progress of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme, and the deployment of the Emergency Services Network (ESN).

The ESN will replace the Airwave TETRA communication ...

Kenwood's NX-5000 series now supports DMR, together with NXDN and P25

Kenwood has added DMR (digital mobile radio) support and compatibility to its NEXEDGE (NX)-5000 series of portable and mobile radios. The NX-5000 series is now compatible with three different digital protocols: NXDN, DMR (Tier II conventional mode) and P25 – Phase 1 and Phase 2 (trunked).


GSMA makes 5G spectrum plea

The GSMA has called on governments and regulators to commit to supporting 5G in the lead-up to 2019’s World Radiocommunication Conference.

This commitment, according to the organisation, should include a harmonised approach and agreement of a common set of bands, due to the large amounts ...

EE comes top in GWS mobile test

Benchmarking organization GWS has carried out its first UK-wide mobile network test, with results suggesting that EE is the UK’s best overall provider.

The data was gathered using GWS’ OneScore system, which looks at a range of service delivery areas, including mobile internet and voice. ...

Sierra develops LPWA solutions

Sierra Wireless has announced a range of low power wide-area solutions, developed to expand the company’s cellular footprint in the global IoT market.

The AirPrime HL and WP Series cellular modules, which are designed for Cat-M1 Cat-NB1 LTE networks, enable greater connectivity to ...

Hytera releases entry-level DMR radios

Hytera has released the BD series, a “cost-effective” entry-level series of Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) handhelds, and added an array of enhanced features to its PD3/4/5 series.

The BD series initially consists of four models, BD30X, BD35X, BD50X and BD55X, which use two-slot TDMA ...

Ericsson announces new president and CEO

Ericsson has announced the appointment of Börje Ekholm as its new President and CEO.

Ekholm joins the company following recent work as CEO of Patricia Industries. He is also a current member of Ericsson’s Board of Directors. Chairman of the Ericsson board, Leif Johansson said: "Börje ...

Inmarsat claims world first with in-flight web tech

Mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat’s next gen in-flight broadband service GX for Aviation has undergone a soft launch with Lufthansa airlines.

The solution is designed to allow airline passengers to browse the internet while in the air, with ‘an onboard connectivity ...

New WatchGuard cloud tech

WatchGuard Technologies has announced its new secure Wi-Fi management platform, WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud.

Used in conjunction with two newly-developed access points, the platform automatically classifies devices, shutting down those trying to use it without authorisation. WatchGuard's ...

Order of the golden drone

Drones Direct has launched a £20,000 made-to-order gold-plated drone, for those wanting to add ‘extra bling factor’ to their airborne observation activities.

The DJI Phantom 4, which is bedecked with 24-carat gold-plating, offers a range of features, including a remote controller, ...

GPS innovator wins Cambridge Wireless award

Focal Point Positioning was one of three developers of ‘disruptive’ wireless products to be named winners at Cambridge Wireless’ 7th Discovering Start-ups event taking place in the City of London yesterday.

The company won following a pitch to event judges outlining its work to ...

ESN transition delayed

The transition of the emergency services from the Airwave TETRA network to the Emergency Services Network (ESN) has been delayed. The first of the user organisations (the North West region) to transition was due to start in September 2017. However, according to a document seen by Land Mobile, the ...

Simoco Group expands its DMR range, adds full duplex calling

Simoco Group has launched its Xd 700 Series range of digital mobile radios (DMR). The 700 Series’ portable radio, the SDP760 (pictured right), offers full duplex calling, digital and analogue operating modes and an application partner interface (API) that enables customised apps to be delivered on ...

Met begins body worn camera roll-out

The Metropolitan Police has embarked on the first phase of its planned rolled-out of more than 22,000 body worn video units to frontline officers working across the capital.

The deployment, which got underway this week in Lewisham, follows a successful trial, as a well as a public ...

Nokia's Bristol smart city partnership

Nokia has signed up to contribute to Bristol Is Open, the ‘smart city’ project taking place in the south west of the UK. It is the first major telecoms vendor to become involved with the initiative.

Bristol Is Open, which is run by the University of Bristol and the local authority, is ...

Gatwick Airport to roll out MOTOTRBO Capacity Max digital radio system

Motorola Solutions and its channel partner Servicom are launching a MOTOTRBO Capacity Max system at London Gatwick Airport, which saw 4.6 million passengers travel through it in July.

The Capacity Max system will bring will bring enhanced, resilient and secure voice and data ...

ESN update: core specifications now with device vendors

Jeremy Kemp, technical lead – related projects at the Home Office, said that last week the suite of core specifications from EE and Motorola Solutions were made available for the first time, “which will allow device vendors to start looking very seriously at their development and getting devices ...

National Audit Office: ESN roll-out “remains inherently high risk”

The National Audit Office (NAO) has released a report “Upgrading emergency service communications: the Emergency Services Network”, which assesses the risks associated with the delivery of the Emergency Services Network (ESN) by the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) and its ...

Nokia and Ericsson push 5G ahead of standards agreement

?Ericsson and Nokia are forging ahead with 5G and 5G ready products despite 3GPP Release-15, which will include the first set of 5G specifications, being scheduled to be frozen in September 2018. However, a 3GPP spokesperson told Land Mobile that it is not unusual for the vendors that are heavily ...

MIT system aims to solve network congestion

A MegaMIMO system developed by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at MIT could speed data transfer by coordinating multiple routers at the same time. With phone usage growing faster than wireless spectrum, the fight is on for use of smaller and smaller bits of bandwidth. ...

Security concerns should not hold back investment in the IoT

Despite ongoing security concerns, a new report from Machina Research concludes that for most enterprises planning to invest in the IoT, the best course of action is to get started and not wait for a security panacea.

The conventional wisdom has it that IoT security, or the lack thereof, ...

Home Office revisits purchase of ESN devices

Following market consultation, the Home Office has revisited its tender process for the supply of devices, accessories and services for the Emergency Services Network (ESN) worth up to £150m. ESN is being introduced to provide integrated critical voice and broadband data services for the three ...

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