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.

Stormzy helps launch EE's 5G network

EE has marked the launch of its UK 5G network with a ‘5G’ powered gig from pop star Stormzy, delivered against the backdrop of Tower Bridge in London. The performance was illuminated by over 200 LEDs linked to the network, from which beams of light were projected 1,000 feet into the surrounding ...

Irish university’s 5G first

Maynooth University in the Republic of Ireland has opened the country’s National 5G test centre.

The €1.5 million facility – which has been named ‘RadioSpace’ - is the country’s first large-scale site specifically intended for the research and testing of technologies needed for 5G and ...

Opensignal: UK in 25th place for 4G availability

The UK is in 26th place in the world for download speed experience and in 25th place for 4G availability according to Opensignal’s State of the Mobile Experience report (May).

The UK scored 21.7 Mbps for download speed experience, 7.4 Mbps for upload speed experience, and 84.7 per cent ...

Bittium launches new secure smartphone

Earlier this week, Bittium launched its Bittium ToughMobile 2, which it describes as being “ultra secure”, due to a multi-layered security structure, based on hardened Android™ 9 Pie operating system, hardware solutions, and information security features and software integrated in the source ...

EE’s 5G launch transforms UK from “laggard to leader”

EE has announced the launch of what it’s calling the UK’s first 5G services for businesses. The portfolio of products includes a network - which is anticipated to go live at the end of this month - alongside six new 5G smartphones and devices.

The network will see an initial roll-out in ...

Tait completes TfL bus digital radio project

Tait Communications has completed its work to upgrade Transport for London's (TfL) surface fleet of 9,200 red buses (which run over more than 650 contracted bus routes) with high-reliability digital radio communications.

Tait was chosen in March 2018 by TfL to replace London’s bus radio ...

RFS appoints its new president and CEO

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) announced on 22 May that it has appointed Monika Maurer as its new president and CEO, with immediate effect. The position became available when Herbert Merz, the previous president and CEO, left to pursue his own projects.

The company is a global designer ...

Major smart meter milestone reached

One million second-generation (SMETS2) smart meters have been connected to the Data Communications Company’s nationwide secure network, according to figures released by the organisation.

This follows what it terms “significant progress” in the roll-out of the technology, with the number ...

Arqiva provides new M2M to electricity giant

Arqiva has announced that it will be providing a new ‘broadband global area network’ (BGAN) M2M solution to utilities heavyweight UK Power Networks, for deployment in relation to its secondary SCADA system.

According to Arqiva, the solution will enable the energy company’s engineers to ...

National Audit Office: ESN forecast to cost £3.1bn more than planned

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a new report on the work to deliver the Emergency Services Network (ESN), in which it notes that “implementing ESN is now expected to cost £3.1 billion more than forecast in 2015, and the revised forecast costs are highly uncertain”.

In ...

Huawei launches "AI-native" database solution

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has launched its AI-native database GaussDB, alongside distributed storage solution FusionStorage 8.0. The aim of the launch, according to the company, is to "redefine data infrastructure through a data and intelligence" strategy.

According to the company, ...

Vodafone UK’s commercial 5G service to go live in July

Vodafone UK has announced that its commercial 5G network will go live for both consumers and business customers in seven cities in the UK on 3 July. The company will also offer 5G roaming in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain over the summer.

The seven cities are: Birmingham, Bristol, ...

Innserve opts for Panasonic TOUGHBOOK tablets

Innserve, a company specialising in the supply, installation and maintenance of beer and soft drinks dispense systems is rolling out Panasonic TOUGHBOOK L1 Android tablets to its 400 technicians across the UK.

The company chose the devices due to their rugged and ergonomic design, along ...

GSMA weighs in on 5G spectrum auction design

The GSMA, which represents the worldwide interests of mobile network operators (MNOs), has published a paper that sets out best practice for spectrum auctions due to concerns that the design of some 5G auctions is leading to artificial price inflation or inefficient allocation of scarce spectrum ...

UAV specialist’s 5G achievement

Drone operator Percepto has flown an autonomous UAV using Korean MNO SK Telecom’s 5G trial network.

According to a spokesperson, the series of trials were staged in order to check “multiple aspects” of autonomous drone operations. They were “very successful, allowing for further ...

FindMy ups its fleet of Globalstar connected animal trackers to 45,000

FindMy (formerly FindMySheep), a Norwegian IoT-based animal tracking company, has cumulatively deployed more than 45,000 satellite-enabled IoT tracking collars for safeguarding sheep, cattle and reindeer, that rely on Globalstar’s STX3 chipset and its worldwide network of satellites in Low Earth ...

ChannelPorts opts for Icom’s PoC system

ChannelPorts, a private customs clearance company that processes more than 3,000 vehicles and consignments a month, is using an Icom LTE/PTT over Cellular (PoC) system supplied by Chatterbox Ltd to coordinate parking and customs clearance.

ChannelPorts based in Folkestone Services, Hythe ...

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance appoints its new president

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has appointed Dr Martha Suárez as its new president. In her previous role, Suárez was the general director of The National Spectrum Agency (ANE) in Colombia.

After receiving a degree as Electronics Engineer from the Universidad Industrial de Santander ...

Ambulance service rolls out new volunteer alert system

North West Ambulance Service has chosen Thorcom Systems to equip 270 community first responders with the company's Mobilize CFR alerting solution.

As described by the company, "Mobilize allows ambulance trusts to leverage the low cost and wide availability of modern smartphones with an ...

New executive appointment at Colt

Colt Technology Services has appointed Melanie Halsey as its new executive vice president – human resources. Halsey previously worked as head of HR at Eight Roads, the proprietary investment arm of Fidelity International Limited.

Speaking of the appointment, Colt CEO Carl Grivner said: ...

ANT Telecom joins Motorola Solutions’ PartnerEmpower Programme

ANT Telecom, an automated communications specialist, has joined Motorola Solutions’ PartnerEmpower Programme and extended its product portfolio to include Motorola Solutions’ Wave (a radio to smartphone integration solution), as well as its DMR radios, including trunked systems and applications.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium's "world class" connectivity

Tottenham Hotspur’s recently opened new stadium has been designed to be the best connected in the UK, with “world class” mobile voice and data services for customers of every UK operator – Vodafone, O2, EE and Three – as well as wireless emergency and support services, Wi-Fi and technologies for ...
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