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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.

British APCO updates online presence

The British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (British APCO) has launched its new website, featuring an updated design and a variety of new features.

The features, many of which are accessible by all visitors to the site, include an RSS sector news feed, a jobs page ...

Home Office awards ESN smartphone contract to Samsung Electronics

(Updated) The Home Office has awarded a contract for the supply of smartphones and related accessories for use on the Emergency Services Network (ESN)

The Home Office said that: “The contract is for three years with the option of a further extension by one year. The procurement ...

Vodafone’s insurance telematics partnership

Vodafone has become the digital telematics partner for Admiral Insurance, the UK’s largest car insurance provider.

The new agreement will see Vodafone provide the telematics services for the Admiral ‘LittleBox’ online driver safety dashboard. This provides users with a real-time analysis ...


Glasgow rolls-out UK's first outdoor digital DAS

Infrastructure company Arqiva has partnered with Dali Wireless to improve mobile coverage and capacity in Glasgow city centre

Dali has provided what it claims to be the first UK outdoor digital distributed antenna system (DAS) to the project. The roll-out also involved system integrator ...

Ericsson predicts massive 5G use

Technology giant Ericsson has predicted that there will be one billion 5G subscriptions by the 2023, with the standard covering more than 20 per cent of the global population in that time

This prediction is among a number of statistics to be found in the November edition of the company’s ...

Autumn Budget ups investment in R&D and 5G

The Autumn Budget includes £2.3 billion in additional investment in R&D in 2021-22 from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF)

In addition, the chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, said: “A new tech business is founded in Britain every hour, and I want that to be every ...

SaaS provider evolves flagship product

Management software supplier SolarWinds has announced what it refers to as “a major evolution” in its software as a service portfolio.

New additions to the technology - known as SolarWinds Cloud - include AddOptics, which is a full-stack performance monitoring tool. Other improvements ...

DSA makes Euro spectrum plea

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has called for legislators to safeguard what it calls “important provisions” on the sharing and management of spectrum within the draft European Electronic Communications Code (EECC).

In a paper addressed to the Council of Ministers and the European ...

Report: LTE public safety investment skyrockets

A new report indicates that global annual investment in public safety LTE infrastructure will surpass $800 million by the end of this year.

The research, which was carried out by SNS, also suggests that over the next three years, the market is likely to increase by a compound annual ...


Sector heavyweights’ Industry 4.0 agreement

Hytera has signed an agreement with Siemens on what it calls “comprehensive and sustainable strategic cooperation in Industry 4.0, lean production, and intelligent manufacturing.” The signing took place during the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai at the beginning of November.


Hexagon collaborates on Microsoft smart city patrol car

Microsoft has deployed Hexagon technology designed to improve first responder safety and efficiency, into a smart city patrol car. The car is being demonstrated at the Smart City Expo World Congress, which is taking place this week in Barcelona.

According to Hexagon, the Intergraph ...

ESN: Challenges have led to anticipated delay

Representatives from the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) have delivered its latest ESN progress update to the UK parliamentary Public Accounts Committee.

Home Office permanent secretary Philip Rutnam (pictured), and Stephen Webb, senior responsible owner ESMCP, ...


Ofcom: sharing factor increase scheduled for January

Vaughan John, head of business radio at Ofcom, said that the increase in the sharing factor for technically assigned business radio licences from two to three (a change to the Business Radio Technical Frequency Assignment Criteria) is expected to be implemented in January 2018

“…LS ...

Chris Pateman to retire as FCS CEO

Chris Pateman will step down from his role as CEO of the Federation of Communications Services on 30 November 2017

Itret Latif, FCS’s deputy chairman, will act as interim CEO while the Board seeks a replacement CEO. Latif is the former Telecoms Business Manager of Scottish and Southern ...

Industry heavyweights plan global IoT network

Inmarsat has partnered with telecommunications provider JT Group, enabling what it calls a "holistic connectivity solution for Internet of Things technology." The planned global network will combine Inmarsat’s satellite communication infrastructure, combined with cellular data provided by the ...


Arthur David gets customer service boost from route-planning solution

Arthur David, a fresh produce distributor, has improved its customer service through using Maxoptra route planning and scheduling software.

Since implementing the TomTom telematics integrated software, Arthur David has introduced a ‘one-call’ customer care policy. The software gives ...

Libelium partners with NEC on IoT

Internet of things specialist Libelium has integrated six NEC cloud solutions in its IoT gateway Meshlium. The solutions are: Biz4, NEC Connexive, RoboMQ, Spark Compass, Symphoni and Ubicamóvil.

According to Libelium, the reason for the move was to extend the interoperability of its ...

Major changes to Ericsson management

Ericsson has appointed Fredrik Jejdling as its executive vice president, replacing former EVPs Jan Frykhammar and Magnus Mandersson. Jejdling will also continue in his current role as head of business area networks.

According to the company, Frykhammar and Mandersson are leaving to ...

T-Mobile Netherlands prepares for next gen LTE

T-Mobile has deployed Oscilloquartz’ OSA 5420 synchronisation technology as part of its rollout of TD-LTE services across the Netherlands. Oscilloquartz is owned by ADVA Optical Networking.

According to ADVA, the use of the grandmaster clocks will help its client prepare for LTE Advanced ...

London: Mayor launches tech initiatives to boost innovation

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today (2 November) launched two new tech initiatives to boost the sector and help harness the capital’s tech talent to make life better for Londoners.

Speaking at WIRED Live at Tobacco Dock in east London, the Mayor announced that City Hall will fund 20 ...

Orange Business Services and BlueTide partner on maritime comms

Orange Business Services is providing BlueTide Communications with BlueTide with managed global Ku band VSAT capacity, with the ability to switch to alternative satellite beams, providing seamless global coverage. BlueTide can provide vessels with live video surveillance, cybersecurity and systems ...
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