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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.

Rutnam: ESN still the right strategic direction

The fifth Public Accounts Committee hearing on ESN saw witnesses from the Home Office discuss the project's reduction in headcount and the upcoming strategic review of the project which is still scheduled for completion in July.

Sir Philip Rutnam, the Home Office's permanent secretary ...

Decade-old WiFi security protocol to be phased-out

The Wi-Fi Alliance has launched what it calls “the next generation of WiFi security,” Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3. The protocol will replace WPA2, which is over ten years old.

According to the organisation, WPA3 is designed to enable “more robust authentication”, as well as delivering ...

Trailblazing fitness wearable launched

Hungarian tech start-up HeartBit has announced what it claims is the world’s first wearable electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor

The device, which according to the company processes around 10,000 data points a second, not only monitors the user’s heart rate but also detects potential ...

Motorola Solutions cuts its carbon footprint by 20%

According to Motorola Solutions’ 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report, the company cut its carbon footprint by 20 per cent year-on-year, while also reducing its electricity use by 19 per cent.

During 2017, Motorola Solutions closed and combined some facilities, which resulted in a drop ...

Acquisition of Finnish infrastructure giant completed

Global investment company Digital Colony has completed the acquisition of Finnish network operator Digita Oy from its current owner First State Investments.

Based in Helsinki, Digita is one of the largest independent owner of telecom towers in the country. It is also, according to ...

Online heavyweight joins DSA

Amazon has become the newest charter member of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), alongside Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Nominet and Adaptrum.

The DSA describes itself as a “global, cross-industry alliance focused on increasing dynamic access to unused radio frequencies.” Speaking of ...

New maritime tracking solution announced

IHS Markit and exactEarth are developing AIS Platinum, a new service designed to help track sea vessels across the globe in real time.

According to a joint statement, the solution will take advantage of the latter company’s satellite AIS service exactView RT, consisting of over 60 ...

Vodafone to trial 5G in seven UK cities

Vodafone has announced that it will test 5G at specific sites in seven UK cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester, with roll-outs starting between October and December this year.

Vodafone’s engineers are currently laying the groundwork for ...

Rohill contributes to anti-terror effort

Wireless solution manufacturer Rohill has participated in an exercise preparing for a major bio-terrorist attack

The company provided its LTEtraNode platform, allowing users simultaneous access to both narrowband (TETRA) and broadband (VoLTE, MCPTT) services, with SES satellite used as a ...

Cumbria Constabulary opts for Axon’s evidence submission tool

Axon and its UK subsidiary Axon Public Safety UK, have announced that Cumbria Constabulary is the first police force in the UK to roll out the company’s public evidence submission tool, Axon Citizen for Officers.

Cumbria Constabulary also ordered 610 Axon Body 2 and 90 Axon Flex 2 ...

ESN looking to quickly switch to open standards

During an update on the Emergency Services Network (ESN) at the BAPCO Satellite Series event in Edinburgh, Richard Hewlett, head of technology and the head of live services, ESMCP (Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme), revealed that the programme is considering dropping the ...

Ericsson: 5G subscriptions to exceed a billion by 2023

The Ericsson Mobility Report has predicted that the number of 5G subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband will exceed one billion by the end of 2023 (around 12 per cent of global subscriptions).

By that time, the report’s authors predict that close to 50 per cent of all mobile ...

Khan sets out plan to make London the world’s smartest city

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has today (11 June) published his vision to make London the world’s smartest city and launched a city-wide initiative to use the capital’s tech talent to tackle some of its challenges – including poor air quality, urban design and digital connectivity.


EE to roll out London 5G trial

EE has announced the October switch-on of what it claims will be the UK’s first live 5G trial network, situated at London’s Tech City.

The initiative will take place across ten sites, made up of five small businesses and five homes. It will, in the words of the company, “demonstrate the ...

New public safety comms standards body announced

A new organisation focusing on standards in broadband critical communications has been launched, in the form of the Public Safety Technology Alliance (PSTA).

According to a statement, the PSTA will focus on the development of open standards as well as facilitating interoperability. It is ...

Huawei brings 3GPP Release 14 to NB-IoT

Huawei claims to have released the world’s first 3GPP Release 14 based commercial NB-IoT solution, eRAN13.1.

The company states that the new solution offers a seven-fold improvement in data rates tThe uplink peak rate and downlink single-user peak rate can reach 157 kbit/s and 102 ...

GSMA: first European NB-IoT roaming trial completed

The GSMA announced on 30 May that mobile operators Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Group have successfully completed the first international roaming trial in Europe using licensed NB-IoT technology.

The trial was performed using global SIMs from Deutsche Telekom on Vodafone Spain’s ...


New broadband for Merseyside giants

Wireless Infrastructure Group has deployed a new 4G network at Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club. The stadium-wide solution was rolled out in collaboration with O2 and Vodafone, with plans to incorporate other service providers at a later date.

According to WIG, the ...

BT’s remote disaster recovery solution

BT has partnered with Comms365 to provide contingency 4G connectivity to BT exchanges in remote areas such as Shetland and the Orkney Islands.

This means that rather than sending engineers to fix a fault – a process which previously could take up to a week depending on the weather – any ...

Brian Back re-elected as LPRA vice chair

Brian Back was re-elected as the vice chair of the Low Power Radio Association (LPRA) on 29 May

Back is the founder and CEO of Radio Data Networks, and has been involved with the LPRA since its early days and encourages business professionals involved with the use of wireless technology ...

HERE Technologies and Sigfox team up on asset tracking

HERE Technologies and Sigfox have announced a partnership to develop and deploy a global location service for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, particularly in supply chain and logistics.

The service will integrate HERE’s global coverage of WiFi hotspots with the Sigfox worldwide ...

Save the date: PMRExpo 2018 from November 27 to 29

The 18th PMRExpo will take place on November 27 to 29 2018 at Koelnmesse?, its usual venue.

In 2018, the professional mobile radio and control centre event is expecting to receive more than 4,300 visitors from all around the globe and more than 225 national and international exhibitors. ...

Kingsway Shopping Centre opts for PTT over Cellular

?Ninehundred Communications Group has installed its 900PTT (Push-to-Talk Over Cellular) system at Kingsway Shopping Centre, Newport, on behalf of its client Jones Lang LaSalle.

Kingsway has 10 SY580 PoC handheld terminals on site with a dispatcher software installed on a laptop in its ...

Sporting analytics specialist ups its game

Sports intelligence company STATS has launched a player tracking system incorporating what it calls a “revolutionary 50-Hz sampling frequency” to provide real time on-pitch performance metrics.

According to the company, STATS GPS enables the monitoring of up to 100 participants, as well ...
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