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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.


Sepura renews partnership with Italian distributor

Digital radio manufacturer Sepura has signed a long-term deal with distributor Sintel Italia, ensuring a continuing pipeline for the company into the Italian market.

According to a statement, as part of the agreement, Sintel Italia will establish a certified service centre for Sepura’s ...

3GPP Release 15 final freeze delayed by three months

The cellular standards body announced last week that the ASN.1 freeze date for the ‘late’ drop of Release 15 specifications has been delayed by three months and will now take place in June 2019.

The ‘late’ drop contains additional migration architectures and 3GPP states that the delay ...

Study highlights costs of business-critical mobility failures

A study conducted by VDC Research on behalf of SOTI, an enterprise mobility management solution provider, has highlighted the increasingly business-critical nature of mobile devices and the applications they support.

It states that even one dropped connection or poorly performing ...

UK testbeds and 5GIC publish 5G security report

A report that has been produced by three of the UK’s 5G Testbed and Trials programme’s six 5G testbeds and the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre has made a number of security recommendations that if acted upon could help protect the UK’s future vital infrastructure.

The authors ...

GSMA: unlocking spectrum will add huge benefits to global economy

A report published this week by mobile network trade body the GSMA suggests that $565 billion could be added to global GDP in the next 15 years, through the freeing of spectrum for the mobile industry to deliver “innovative 5G services.”

According to organisation, the report – ...

JVC Kenwood completes purchase of 40% stake in Tait Communications

The Tait Foundation announced the completion of the sale of a 40 per cent stake in Tait Communications to JVC Kenwood on 10 December.

The deal was initially announced back in August by JVC Kenwood and Garry Diack, Tait Communications’ chief executive had been previously reported as ...

Nimans adds Cobra two-way radios to its portfolio

Nimans has become the exclusive UK distributor of a new range of rugged professional and business two-way radios from Cobra (one of the largest consumer radio brands in the US).

The models include the PU880 BG, which is claimed to have a 10km talk range and the PU500 BG with an 8km ...

ESMCP invites tenders for £100m air-to-ground contract

The Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) has published an invitation to tender (ITT) for the air-to-ground component of the Emergency Services Network (ESN) service.

The procurement seeks to establish a framework agreement valued at £100 million, that ESMCP and user ...

NATO deploys IoT satellite tracking devices to study marine currents

Scientists from the NATO Science & Technology Organization (NATO STO) are deploying an IoT solution using SPOT Trace tracking devices and Globalstar satellite communications to further their understanding of the world’s oceans.

Scientists from the NATO Science & Technology Organization ...

Vodafone launches self-optimising mobile plan for businesses

Vodafone has today (6 December) launched Business Optimiser, which it claims is the UK’s first self-optimising mobile payment plan and is available to organisations with more than 250 employees.

It has been developed because businesses’ requirements vary from month to month and the ...

Huawei and Intel's 5G milestone

Intel and Huawei have announced the successful completion of 2.6GHz 5G NR interoperability and development testing (IoDT), based on the 3GPP Release 15 global standard (September version). According to a statement, this represents the world's first test of its kind and is a "key milestone towards ...

Sepura's new Nordic connection

Sepura has recruited new business development manager Roland Pettersson with the aim, according to the company, of strengthening its presence in the Nordic market.

Speaking of the move, Gary Maughan, Sepura's regional director for Northern Europe, said: “Roland has a track record in ...


Nokia: IoT botnet activity up 33% since 2016

According to Nokia’s Threat Intelligence Report 2019, IoT (Internet of Things) botnet activity accounted for 78 per cent of malware detection events in communication service provider (CSP) networks in 2018. This is up from the 33 per cent seen in 2016, when IoT botnets were first seen in meaningful ...

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 ...
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