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Keep up-to-date with the latest industry news, as well as developments within radio technology and wireless communications. Our news section covers policy and regulation, product developments, contract awards, project deployments, research, appointments and more. It is catered towards those with an interest in the use of wireless communications in a mission/business critical environment.

Vodafone study claims 5G could add £6.3bn manufacturing boost

The adoption of 5G could add more than £6bn annually to the value of the UK manufacturing industry by 2030 according to a new study by Vodafone and WPI Economics.

The study claims that “5G could help factories make better decisions and maximise productivity by facilitating the ...

Glasgow University demonstrates 5G robotic arm teleoperation

A research group from the University of Glasgow has successfully demonstrated what it claims is the country’s first teleoperation of a robotic arm over 5G.

The group, led by Professor Muhammed Imran, claims that the teleoperation could support several sectors including manufacturing, ...

Virgin Media 02 pledges full fibre upgrade by 2028

Recently merged Virgin Media O2 has announced plans to upgrade its entire network to full fibre by 2028

The company, which became the UK’s largest telecoms provider following a £31 billion merger in June, said the upgrade covering more than 15.5 million premises would “make it even ...

Essex college creates first UK XR campus

USP College in Essex has announced plans to open what it claims is the UK’s first ‘extended reality campus’.

The XTEND Digital campus in Canvey will allow students from Unified Seevic Palmer's to “create and experience content in virtual and augmented reality”. Due to open at Meppel ...

Nokia launches its first-ever rugged mobile

Finnish smartphone vendor Nokia has announced the launch of its “first true rugged handset”, the Nokia XR20 5G.

The handset, which Nokia describes as "life proof", marks the company’s first move into the niche outdoor, rugged mobile market. Featuring a ruggedized casing which is ...

Ofcom proposes satellite broadband licensing enhancements

UK communications regulator Ofcom has published proposals to change the way it licenses new satellite broadband networks.

The regulator has outlined plans to “support competition” in the growing market for Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit (NGSO) systems being deployed to connect people ...

AT&T to develop ‘5G Smart City’

US telecoms giant AT&T has teamed up with property developer JBG Smith to build a “5G Smart City at scale” in Virginia.

AT&T claims it will use 5G to make the National Landing district "a prototype for smart cities of the future" by incorporating self-driving vehicles, "immersive retail ...

Signify adds narrowband smart lighting with Telensa acquisition

LED lighting specialist Signify has completed a deal to acquire UK company Telensa adding narrowband street lighting to its offering.

Telensa, which was valued at £11m, will continue to sell under its own brand as a subsidiary of Signify. Telensa claims to have “connected over 2 million ...

BT pledges UK-wide 5G by 2028

BT and EE have announced a plan to “connect the entire UK to 5G with a unified mobile, Wi-Fi and fibre infrastructure” within the next seven years.

BT-owned mobile network operator EE announced that it had increased its coverage to span 160 locations in the UK earlier this year and has ...

Ericsson agrees $8.5bn with Verizon to expand 5G in US

Ericsson has signed a ‘record breaking’ $8.5bn multi-year deal to supply radio access network (RAN) equipment to Verizon across the United States.

Ericsson has signed a ‘record breaking’ $8.5bn multi-year deal to supply radio access network (RAN) equipment to Verizon across the United ...

West Midlands to roll out 5G-connected road sensor network

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and West Midlands 5G (WM5G) have announced plans to establish a 5G-connected road sensor network to relay traffic information.

The new £5.8m 5G network will relay live traffic information to the regional control centre enabling TfWM to take actions ...

Vodafone and Ericsson launch first SA 5G core

Ericsson has teamed up with Vodafone Spain to trial the use of what they claim is the first-ever standalone (SA) 5G core.

The collaboration which Ericsson claims will “enable new use cases for the latest 5G technology” will see Vodafone use an Ericsson dual-mode core and a multi-access, ...

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust selects Globalstar SPOT

Globalstar has announced its latest deployment in the field of science and environmental protection by supplying its satellite-enabled SPOT Gen4 to help Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s soil researchers.

The Trust’s Yorkshire Peat Partnership (YPP) will use the SPOT satellite GPS messengers ...

CCW 2021 registration opens

TCCA has announced the opening of registration for the rescheduled Critical Communications World 2021, taking place at the IFEMA in Madrid, from November 3-5 this year.

Releasing details of the event in a statement, the organisers said: "CCW 2021 will feature a wide range of conference ...

SFL delivers two-way radios for Three Peaks Challenge

SFL Mobile Radio has given its support to Wirral-based charity The Amelia Mae Foundation by donating two-way radios to help the team complete the Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours.

Taking on the challenge in four teams of six, Foundation deputy chair Andy Bowie said the eight Motorola ...

Nokia takes flight with ‘next-gen’ AirScale 5G portfolio

Nokia has announced the launch of its latest range of AirScale 5G products covering baseband, remote radio headsets and MIMO active antennas with digital beamforming.

Across the massive MIMO (multiple input and multiple output) antenna range, the new AirScale products will feature both ...

Dispatch software launch marks APD rebrand to NEC

NEC Software Solutions – formally APD Communications - has developed a new computer aided dispatch product, called Dispatch.

Discussing the solution, a spokesperson for the company said: “The cloud-based software has been developed with input from control room operators. They are best ...

Former Fujitsu chair to lead Telecoms Advisory Council

The government has announced a major telecoms sector expert will chair its newly commissioned Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.

Simon Bladgen, the former non-executive chair of Fujitsu UK, will head up the taskforce created to “provide advice on how to effectively ...

Amazon teams with Vodafone on UK ‘edge computing’ launch

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced plans to launch "edge computing" services for its business customers in the UK.

The global technology giant will partner with Vodafone UK to provide fast data transfers using its 5G platform to support ‘edge computing’ services which use augmented ...

Government to invest £30m to develop UK O-RAN technology

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced the launch of a £30m fund to support R&D projects focused on Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) technology.

The government said the Future RAN Competition (FRANC) funding will form part of its 5G Diversification Strategy ...

New chief exec for Tait Communications

LMR manufacturer Tait Communications has appointed Dr Yoram Benit as its new interim chief executive.

Benit, who joined Tait in early 2018 as global president of technology integration before being promoted to chief operating officer a year later, took over the top role from Garry Diack ...

Nokia develops MulteFire router to broaden unlicensed spectrum usage

Nokia has announced a new project with the MulteFire Alliance (MFA) to “open up private wireless for mass adoption” through the launch of its Industrial MulteFire router 700 user equipment.

The new Nokia MulteFire-standard UE and Nokia MulteFire access point have been made available for ...

Porsche drives ahead road safety with 5G

Porsche, Vodafone and HERE Technologies have teamed up to trial ways to use 5G and precise geo-location technology to reduce the number of road accidents.

At the Vodafone 5G Mobility Lab in Aldenhoven the three companies are collaborating in the development of a real-time warning system ...

SFL upgrades to 5G antennas with Made Smarter funding

Radio communications specialist SFL Mobile Radio has invested in two new pieces of technology for its Sure Antennas division after receiving government funding.

Made Smarter is a communications sector funding programme which the government claims was set up to “help businesses boost ...

TfL commits to 4G coverage across all stations by 2024

Transport for London (TfL) has awarded a 20-year contract to BAI Communications to deliver uninterrupted 4G coverage across all London Underground stations and tunnels, by the end of 2024.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has claimed the deal will “remove one of the most high-profile ...
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