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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.

Axis awarded 'cyber essentials' accreditation

Network video specialist Axis Communications has received the UK government's 'cyber essentials' accreditation.

The scheme, which was launched in 2014, encourages businesses to adhere to best-practices in IT security. It requires that a variety of security controls are put in place ...

Vodafone acquires 5G spectrum

Vodafone UK has acquired the largest amount of 3.4 GHz spectrum - 50 MHz - to be used for mobile data services, in Ofcom’s current auction. The total cost of the purchase is £378.2 million.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Vodafone UK will use the 3400 MHz spectrum to deploy 5G ...

Global membership of IoT organisation skyrockets

Internet of Things-focused consortium the Wi-SUN Alliance has seen its membership increase by more than 60 per cent in the last year.

According to the figures released by the organisation, 70 new members - including product vendors and utility companies – have joined, taking total ...

Airport FRS gateway solution tested

Sysoco has successfully tested a gateway radio solution ahead of a planned roll-out at Lyon-Bron and Lyon Saint-Exupery airports.

As part of the test, the company, which is a Sepura partner for France, took part in a rapid intervention exercise simulating an accident between an aircraft ...

Fire safety specialist improves cyber security

Protec Fire Detection has attempted to improve its business continuity and communications strategy through the deployment of technology developed by Opengear.

According to the latter company, its products deliver “secure, resilient access and automation to critical IT infrastructure, ...

Simoco adds to management team

Simoco Wireless Solutions has appointed Graeme Warne to the newly-created position of business development manager.

According to the company, his task will be to oversee its range of solutions for transport organisations, an area in which the company is rapidly-growing. His previous role ...

Tait wins contract to upgrade TfL’s bus fleet to DMR Tier III

Tait Communications and Transport for London (TfL) today (23 March) signed a contract for the replacement of London’s bus radio system with a new digital mobile DMR Tier III radio system.

The agreement will see Tait Communications manufacture and replace both the communications ...

Free WiFi solution celebrates milestone

BT and InLinkUK have announced the deployment of the 100th unit in their joint ‘InLinkUK from BT’ free WiFi roll-out.

The most recent device - which takes the form of a large pillar positioned on the pavement - is in Wandsworth. Previous deployments have included several other London ...

All change at Ericsson

Ericsson has made major changes to its executive team, appointing Xavier Dedullen as senior vice president, chief legal officer and head of legal affairs.

According to the company, Dedullen has had an “extensive international career” including time at Swiss company LafargeHolcim where he ...


AT&T launches the FirstNet evolved packet core

In the US, AT&T has launched the FirstNet network core, which will process and carry public safety users’ vital information, unlock critical capabilities like FirstNet’s First Priority feature (see below) and form the basis for what the company describes as “the unified, interoperable and ...

Live ESN demonstration at BAPCO 2018 is a hit with users

A live demonstration of the ESN service took place at BAPCO 2018, with calls being made over an ESN handset provided by Samsung, Motorola Solutions’ software and the ESN network run by EE.

The demonstration took place using a beta release of the BSR1 software drop, which contains a lot ...

Hexagon joins British APCO

Control room specialist Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure has joined BAPCO (the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials) as a Platinum member.

According to the company, as a platinum member it will contribute to “the continuous improvement of UK public safety and the ...

Public safety comms associations make major event announcement

BAPCO and TCCA have announced that next year's Critical Communications Europe - which is staged on behalf of the latter organisation - will take place in conjunction with the BAPCO Annual Conference & Exhibition. The venue for both will be the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, in March of 2019.


Regulator kicks off spectrum auction

Ofcom has begun the process of auctioning spectrum, in order to prepare for future broadband services. The five companies approved to bid during the auction include Airspan Spectrum Holdings, EE, Hutchison 3G UK, Telefonica UK, and Vodafone.

The available spectrum is in the 2.3 GHz and ...

Sepura achieves Airwave approval for its SC21 TETRA hand-portable

Sepura’s SC21 TETRA hand-portable has been approved for use by both Airwave and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for use on the UK’s Airwave Network, making it the second terminal in Sepura’s SC2 Series to receive network approval (the first was the SC20).

The SC21 is Sepura’s ...

ESN: PAC “extremely concerned” by delays

Meg Hillier, chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has written to Sir Philip Rutnam, the Home Office’s permanent secretary, following the recent PAC hearing on the progress of the Emergency Services Network (ESN) project on 21 February.

In the letter, dated 14 March, Hillier ...

Satellite comms tracking plastic drift

The University of Oldenburg is in Germany is using satellite communications technology to study the movement of floating plastic pollution in the North Sea.

The project - the purpose of which is to establish a clear picture of plastic drift patterns - is being carried out through the use ...

02: 5G will mean massive savings

Mobile network operator O2 has warned that the UK will miss out on £6 billion of savings a year if cities don’t prepare for next generation broadband.

The claim comes in the organisation’s ‘The value of 5G for cities and communities’ report, which was launched today. Predicted savings in ...

UK government announces 5G testbed winners

The British government has marked the first anniversary of its digital strategy by awarding £25 million to six projects around the country, in order to help pave the way for future 5G roll-out. Each testbed will receive between £2 million and £5 million from the fund.

The winning ...

New broadband infrastructure for the Scottish Highlands

The Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG) has built a new 50 metre tower in the Highlands town of Milton to provide surrounding communities with 4G.

As well as towns such as Milton and Kildary, the new infrastructure, which was developed in partnership with 02, will provide coverage for 15 ...

France: Syndico becomes Hytera’s official distributor

PMR resellers across France can now access Hytera’s full product portfolio from its distribution partner? ?Syndico

Dijon-based Syndico France states that it offers the same service and support to resellers as Syndico does in the UK and claims that resellers working with it will benefit ...

ECC makes progress on 5G spectrum

The Electronics Communications Committee (ECC), which develops electronic communications policies at the European level, has said that it has "made much progress" on 5G spectrum during its 47th Plenary meeting.

The meeting took place in Lisbon from 27 February to 2 March 2018, also saw ...

Telematics company continues to expand

Wiltshire-based vehicle telematics company CMS SupaTrak has recruited six new members of staff to support its ongoing development of new products and services for the European market.

The members of staff will occupy newly created roles, and will also include an apprentice.Speaking of ...

New hotel Wi-Fi connectivity product announced

Cambium Networks has launched a new cloud-managed enterprise Wi-Fi wall plate access point, the cnPilot e430W.

The solution - which supports the 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard - is designed to facilitate connectivity at hotels and resorts, as well as multi-dwelling units. The wall ...
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