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.

Delivery partners chosen for major UK police IT project

Deloitte and BT have been confirmed as suppliers for the UK police national enabling programmes (NEP), as well as the burgeoning police national management centre (NMC).

Deloitte has been selected as the ‘client delivery partner,’ providing a range of services to assist forces in ...

Police ICT Airwave contract winners announced

The Police ICT Company has awarded its national Airwave terminal procurement framework contract to radio manufacturers Motorola Solutions and Sepura.

The framework is designed to offer a centrally managed solution which, according to the Police ICT Company, will “free forces of the ...

Emergency Services Network testing gets under way

The Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) has started testing Emergency Services Network coverage, using its recently-announced solution ESN Assure.

The first phase of testing is currently taking place across England and Wales, using an initial roll out of one ...

O2 and Nokia trialling massive MIMO at Kings Cross and Marble Arch

O2 is working with Nokia on two massive MIMO trials in Kings Cross and Marble Arch, which are aimed at enhancing connectivity for O2 customers and paving the way for the future deployment of 5G across the capital.

O2 is working with Nokia on two massive MIMO trials in Kings Cross and ...

EE and BT Sport perform live broadcast with remote production over 5G

On 21 November, BT Group’s EE and BT Sport claimed to have demonstrated the first live broadcast with remote production over 5G. BT Sport will use this approach to increase the coverage available to viewers with more matches and faster highlights.

Ahead of the FA-recognised EE Wembley ...

Airspan Networks acquires Mimosa Networks

Airspan Networks announced on 20 November that it has acquired Mimosa Networks, thereby obtaining the latter’s capabilities and innovations in wireless broadband point-to-point and point-to-multipoint networks and expanding Airspan’s existing North American presence with an engineering centre in ...

Both sides claim victory in Motorola Solutions/Hytera patent saga

Several major developments have occurred in the ongoing court battles between Motorola Solutions and Hytera over the latter’s alleged patent infringement in relation to the former’s products.

The latest news comes from Germany, where the Regional Court of Düsseldorf has issued a ...

Heathrow upgrades communications management

Heathrow has appointed airport technology specialist SITA to provide support to its communication network. This includes more than 12,000 telephones, 150,000 LAN connections, 1,900 radios and more than 3,500 WLAN access points across its campus.

According to Heathrow, the service ...

GSMA launches initiative to drive operator edge cloud AR/VR development

The GSMA has today (21 November) announced the launch of The GSMA Cloud AR/VR Forum, which will focus on the development of cloud virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology.

The organisation states that the forum (which was unveiled at Huawei’s 9th Global Mobile Broadband ...

Retained firefighter solution wins major comms industry award

GlobalView Systems has won the Federation of Communication Services (FCS) 2018 Gerald David Award for Innovation in Business Radio, for its RETAIN Solution. The award was presented at the Business Radio Gala Dinner, which took place earlier this week at the Chateau Impney hotel near Droitwich ...

EE reveals its 5G launch plan for 2019

EE has announced that the launch of its 5G service in 2019 will start in six cities (London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester), and the operator will add another 10 over the course of the year (Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, ...

Semi-autonomous barges to cut traffic congestion in Dutch city

Dell EMC and Nokia have become lead technology partners in a public-private smart city initiative to help the Dutch City of Delft reduce truck congestion in its centre using semi-autonomous, hydrogen-powered barges in existing waterways for ‘last mile’ transportation.

Dell EMC and Nokia, ...

KDR Powerlines starts using Kinesis Telematics

KDR Powerlines, contractors to the electricity industry, including network operator UK Power Networks, has implemented vehicle tracking from Kinesis, to boost the safety of field staff and the security of its assets.

KDR Powerlines provides a range of construction and maintenance ...

UK government awards digital identification contract

Facial recognition technology specialist iProov has announced that it will play a "key role" in a multi-year contract with the UK Home Office to provide smartphone-based digital identity verification.

According to the company, the new digital service will be provided in partnership with ...

ESMCP: ESN review didn’t pull any punches

Becca Jones, Emergency Services Network customer engagement director at ESMCP, has given an update on the programme following its recent comprehensive review, indicating that potentially bringing the project to an end was indeed part of the discussion.

Speaking at the BAPCO satellite ...

CommScope to buy Arris for $7.4bn

CommScope, a communications infrastructure company, has agreed to buy Arris International in an all-cash deal for around $7.4bn (31.75 per share), including debt repayment.

Arris is active in the customer premises equipment (CPE), network & cloud and enterprise networks markets. In the ...

Eurofins to use tablets and BigChange system to cut paperwork

Eurofins, an international analytical testing company has started rolling out a mobile- and cloud technology based system, from BigChange, to provide operational control of its fleet of 50 vans that collect food and water samples from clients across the UK.

Called JobWatch, the BigChange ...

Three UK to spend more than £2bn on preparing for 5G

Three UK has completed a number of steps in its network improvement programme, as part of a wider programme valued at more than £2 billion to prepare for 5G.

As part of this network upgrade programme, the company has: Bought the rights to 20MHz of 3.4GHz spectrum for £151.3 million in ...

Telent wins ESN coverage testing contract

Telent has won a contract valued at £10.3m from the Home Office to provide a service that will test the coverage of the Emergency Services Network (ESN).

The service covered by the contract requires telent to develop and provide a coverage testing app that will work autonomously and be ...

EE turns on nine 5G trial sites in East London

EE, part of BT Group, announced today (7 November) that it has gone live with nine 5G trial sites across East London.

The operator states that the trial has encompassed every element of building a 5G network including obtaining planning permission and access agreements, and managing ...

Kenwood provides comms to massive new Turkish airport

On 29 October, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, opened a new $11.7 billion airport outside Istanbul, which will be supported by a Kenwood NEXEDGE second generation trunked radio system, designed and implemented by Avrasya Haberlesme Group, a Kenwood distributor in Turkey.

Drone company recruits renowned management consultant

UAV specialist Drone Major Group has appointed Jonothan Davey as its director of strategy. It is a new position which, according to the company, reflects the "transformational impact that drone technology is beginning to have globally."

Davey has over 18 years of experience in the field ...

WBA award winners announced

The Wireless Broadband Alliance has revealed the winners of its seventh annual Industry Awards. The announcement was made at Wireless Global Congress, which took place this week in London.

Speaking of the awards, a spokesperson for the organisation said: "They honour the exceptional ...
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