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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.

Vodafone launches UK 5G network

Vodafone UK has launched its 5G offering for consumer and business customers, at an event taking place in the heart of the City of London.

Coverage across the network will be provided by Ericsson, leveraging solutions including its Baseband 6630 and Massive MIMO 6488 products, in order ...

Kinesis puts out call for partners

Kinesis has announced its intention to make its vehicle tracking service more widely available to potential partners, via a new reseller programme.

According to a statement, it is seeking suppliers in the fleet sector who want to “add value to their business with a tracking service ...

Survey: majority of businesses not ready for 5G

A new study from network edge solutions company Cradlepoint has suggested that while businesses expect 5G to be a “major part of their technology roadmap,” the majority have “a long way to go” before they are actually ready to implement a solution.

The research, which was carried out at ...

Australia: Victoria Police’s mobile working push

Motorola Solutions has completed the rollout of a new mobile working managed service to Victoria Police two months ahead of schedule.

Officers across the state have been personally issued with 9,398 mobile devices (iPad minis and iPhones in rugged cases) loaded with the iOS-native IRIS ...

Peter Clemons to advise Genaker as part of its global push

Peter Clemons, founder of Quixoticity, has reached an agreement with Spanish MCPTT specialist, Genaker, to become its global advisor, as the company looks to expand internationally.

Genaker and Quixoticity will work closely together with the entire global critical communications ...


One step for Lacuna Space, one giant leap for LoRaWAN

Lacuna Space has completed the first phase of testing as part of its work in conjunction with Semtech to allow direct communications from LoRa-based devices to satellite gateways using the LoRaWAN protocol.

Lacuna’s first satellite launch of the year was on 1 April from the Satish ...

Extreme Networks to buy Aerohive Networks

Extreme Networks and Aerohive Networks announced on 26 June that Extreme will acquire Aerohive for approximately $272 million, with the transaction expected to close in Extreme’s 1QFY2020.

The acquisition will add critical cloud management and edge capabilities to Extreme's portfolio ...

Peterborough’s social housing IoT testbed

CityFibre and Cross Key Homes (CKH), Peterborough’s largest social housing landlord, are partnering on a trial at three of CKH’s residential locations to assess the potential benefits of using sensors to monitor health, safety and environmental factors and their ability to deliver cost and carbon ...

Police Scotland’s £21m mobile phone rollout begins

Police Scotland has begun the process of issuing approximately 10,000 of its uniformed officers with mobile devices. Officers in Dundee, Perth, Kinross and Angus will be among the first to start using them.

Officers will be able to use the devices to access a range of police systems ...

Battery capacity breakthrough announced

Researchers at Nokia Bell Labs and AMBER, the SFI Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research hosted at Trinity College Dublin claim that their new battery composition delivers two and a half times the energy storage density of any battery currently on the market.

A patent ...

Zeetta Networks wins £10k prize at ENGIE’s Big Pitch

Zeetta Networks (a company focusing on network slicing) won the top prize of £10,00 and the opportunity to develop a proof of concept with ENGIE’s (an energy and services company) UK business at the latter’s Big Pitch competition, on 19 June.

Zeetta Networks’ pitch focused on customising ...

Swissphone signs paging deals with five NHS Trusts

Over the past three months, Swissphone Wireless AG has secured contracts with five NHS Trusts, including the Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, to replace their old paging infrastructure and provide emergency alerting systems. Combined, these contracts also cover the rollout of more than ...

ICCAs 2019: The winners

The winners of the 2019 International Critical Communications Awards were unveiled during an award ceremony which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia alongside Critical Communications World.

The awards were fiercely contested, with there being two categories in which two entries were ...

DAMM launches a VHF TETRA radio at CCW

DAMM has launched what it claims to be the world’s first TETRA radio that operates in VHF.

The new VHF FT5 TETRA handset allows TETRA users to make use of the extra coverage that can be achieved with VHF. The device is the result of a joint project between DAMM and Funktel GmbH; it ...

UK Government releases £40m for further 5G testbed and trial projects

Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright announced that £40 million will be invested in 5G testbed and trial projects across UK industry, at 5G World Conference as part of London Tech Week.

While previous investment in the 5G testbeds and trials programme has driven work in the healthcare, ...

KT wins big at the 2019 5G World Awards

KT, the South Korean operator scooped four categories at the 2019 5G World Awards, winning Best Network Automation Technology, Best 5G Commercial Launch, Most Innovative 5G Trial, and Telecom Service Innovation.

Huawei won both the Best 5G Core Network Technology and Revolutionary ...

TETRA security enhancements under way

ETSI has begun work on the next generation of TETRA security features? to ensure that the standard remains fully protected into the future against the rising levels of threats from cyber criminals. The enhancements will include additional encryption algorithms designed to resist cryptanalysis into ...

An MBE for Copper Horse’s CEO

David Rogers, CEO of Copper Horse (a mobile and IoT security company) and the author of the UK’s Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in recognition of his services to cyber security, in The Queen’s Birthday ...

Ofcom’s chief executive to step down

Ofcom announced yesterday (6 June) that its chief executive, Sharon White, will step down from her position around the turn of the year.

White (pictured) is leaving to become chairman of The John Lewis Partnership. She joined Ofcom in March 2015 from HM Treasury where she was second ...

Smurfit Kappa opts for ANT Telecom’s lone worker solution

Smurfit Kappa Group plc, a FTSE 100 company in the corrugated and paper packaging industry has rolled out ANT’s lone worker protection system across all 19 of its UK sites.

ANT Telecom has been working with Smurfit Kappa since 2011 and initially provided lone worker devices across five ...

iPTT's new PoC hand portable

iPTT has announced its its new PoC hand portable, the iPTT P500, following detailed discussions with its resellers and end users of its PTT over Cellular (PoC) solution to identify features and benefits that match the needs of its customer base.

The device has been designed with the ...

Harbourne Village BID opts for two-way radios from M.R.S Communications

Harbourne Village BID decided that it required a two-way radio communications system to ensure that the village is a safe and well connected community. Following some research, it selected M.R.S Communications to install a reliable radio system that provides full area coverage.

M.R.S’s ...

IoT: Wi-Fi, Ethernet and cellular protocols dominate in Libelium survey

Wi-Fi, Ethernet and cellular protocols are currently the most popular means of connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) projects, followed by LoRaWAN, according to a survey conducted by Libelium, which focused on the main challenges, concerns and barriers faced while developing technological ...

Dover-based sea-going organisations opt for PoC

Three organisations on Kent’s East Coast are sharing an Icom PTT over Cellular (PoC) LTE system and IP501H handheld radios to enhance their communications.

James Salmon, managing director, Dover Marine Services and Dover Sea Safari, and director of the Wet Wheels South East charity ...
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