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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.

Pennine’s radio division expects to exceed £4 million in sales

Pennine is expecting sales by its two-way radio division to breach the £4 million barrier this year.

The division’s sales grew by nearly 80 per cent between 2015 and 2016, with trading for the first six months of 2018 up by around 25 per cent compared to the same period in 2017. While ...

Home Office’s major police tech investment

The UK government has announced the latest round of Police Transformation Fund awards, pledging to hand out around £100 million to help forces improve their use of digital technology.

According to a statement from the Home Office, up to £70 million of the money will be invested across ...

London: Boris Bike approach to phone charging launched

London-based company, ChargedUp has taken the bike sharing model and applied it to mobile phone charging. It has developed a network of vending stations where, for a small fee, users can borrow portable battery banks, use them for as long as they need and then return them to a station of their ...

Ericsson and LG's patent alliance

Ericsson and LG Electronics have renewed their global patent license agreement.

The deal consists of a cross-license agreement, relating to both companies’ 2G, 3G, and 4G standard-essential patents. A spokesperson for Ericsson said: “Ericsson and LG Electronics are two of the leading ...

Industry giants sign massive 5G deal

Nokia has signed a $3.5 billion, multi-year agreement to kit-out T-Mobile’s 5G network in the US.

The deal involves the deployment of the company’s “complete end-to-end technology, software and services portfolio" to aid T-Mobile “in the critical first years of the 5G cycle.” The network ...

Hytera hit by new copyright infringement claim by Motorola Solutions

In another twist to the long-running legal battle between Motorola Solutions and Hytera, the former has filed a motion to add a claim for copyright infringement to its litigation pending in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Hytera.

A statement from ...

Cambium: system integral to Thai cave rescue

Cambium Networks has highlighted the part played by its cnPilot e500 outdoor WiFi access points in the recent rescue of 12 young boys and their soccer coach from a remote cave in Thailand.

According to the company, it helped to set up a hotspot in collaboration with KING IT and regional ...

First commercial 5G NR mmWave antenna modules

Qualcomm Technologies has launched what it claims is the world’s first fully-integrated 5G NR millimeter wave (mmWave) and sub-6 GHz RF modules for mobile devices.

Millimeter wave signals have the capacity to open up more spectrum, but have so far not been used for mobile wireless ...

APD emergency services artwork unveiled

APD Communications has created a work of art to commemorate the work done by its clients in the emergency services.

The Tapestry of the Emergency Services is 6ft by 4ft. It consists of 64 pegs, each of which is associated with a “meaningful word” to describe those working in public ...

Pan-Canadian smart city roll-out

Nokia is partnering with energy management company Current to deploy smart city technology across Canada.

According to Nokia, the company will gain access to Current’s CityIQ platform, in order to “repurpose outdoor street lighting into digital infrastructure that collects data and ...

WiFi access points for 'ultra high density' environments

Ruckus Networks has launched the R730, which it claims is the world's first IoT and LTE-ready 802.11ax access point, designed for stadiums, public venues, train stations and schools.

According to the company, the R730 is designed to work in concert with its other new product, an ...

German court rules in favour of Motorola over Hytera

The Regional Court of Mannheim has ruled in favour of Motorola Solutions, in relation to a patent infringement complaint made against Hytera Mobilfunk in Germany.

According to a statement released by Motorola, the German court determined in the first instance that Hytera is infringing ...

iMend.com: mobile phones for business use soon need repairs

According to iMend.com, a UK mobile phone repair company, the average business owned device only lasts 3-6 months, before needing a new screen or rear housing and after 12-18 months requires a new battery and/or a replacement charging port.

It adds that some businesses have to contend ...

Hytera appeals ITC ruling, speaks of “nuisance litigations”

Radio manufacturer Hytera has filed a petition at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting review of a ruling issued by the body on 3 July which upheld rival Motorola Solution’s complaint of patent infringement against the company.

In the complaint, Motorola alleged that ...

Edinburgh opts for Telensa’s wireless streetlight controls

Telensa’s smart streetlight controls will be deployed in 64,000 LED lights as part of the City of Edinburgh’s energy efficiency programme.

The company was selected by CGI Group, in an LED replacement contract run by Amey. The deployment is already underway and is expected to be ...

New radios supplied to Lincoln City FC

Local radio dealer RF Lincs has rolled out a suite of 50 Kenwood TK-D340 DMR radios to Lincoln City Football Club, following a match day trial. The radios have been issued to different teams around the ground, including those involved in match-day parking, stewards, security and the medical ...

Ericsson lets go of field services subsidiary

Ericsson has announced that it is divesting its Local Services subsidiary, which provides field service operations and maintenance of fixed and mobile networks in Sweden.

Transtema Group will acquire all of the Local Services assets, continuing the operation with its existing 700 ...

Outdoor WiFi access point launched

Cambium Networks has launched what it calls an “advanced enterprise class outdoor WiFi access point for enterprise and industrial campuses.”

The cloud-managed product – which is known as the cnPilot e700 – provides Gigabit throughput, and 802.11ac Wave 2 connectivity with 512 client ...

WiFi optimisation product announced

WiFi software specialist Fontech has launched its WiFi self-organizing networks (SON) product.

The solution is designed to help operators gain full visibility of their WiFi networks through the use of real time data, as well turning access points into managed hotspots without the need ...

ETSI’s second MCPTT PlugTests event sees 92% success rate

The second ETSI MCPTT Plugtests event, saw 31 vendors complete more than 2,000 tests (based on a test plan with more than 100 test cases), across more than 300 combinations of vendors and equipment with a 92 per cent success rate.

The testing evaluated the extent of interoperability ...

Northern European eSMS service deployed

Frequentis has helped to roll-out a pilot Emergency SMS service in Norway for members of the public who are deaf, hard of hearing or impacted by speech disorders, wanting to contact the emergency services.

The service is supported by the company’s integrated communication and control ...

Marine and Coastguard Agency to replace its radio network infrastructure

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is looking to spend up to £130 million on replacing and running a replacement to the existing Kilostream network that connects the organisation’s 155 Remote Radio sites (RRS), which monitor VHF & MF Radio transmissions from vessels at sea and provide assistance ...

LGA calls for a bigger role in tackling the rural connectivity gap

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for more post-Brexit powers to deal with a number of issues faced by rural England including patchy mobile and broadband connectivity that cuts off businesses’ access to new markets.

The LGA has set up a Post-Brexit England Commission to ...

European cellular V2X testbed’s first

Europe’s first live demonstration of Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) interoperability between a motorcycle, vehicles and roadside infrastructure, based on 3GPP Release 14, has taken place in Ingolstadt, Germany.

The trial was performed by the Connected Vehicle to Everything of ...

ITC judge initially rules in favour of Motorola Solutions, against Hytera

Administrative law judge Mary Joan McNamara of the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a notice of initial determination, in its investigation of the patent infringement complaint filed by Motorola Solutions on March 29, 2017 against Hytera, which is favourable towards Motorola ...
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