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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”. ...

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 ...

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: ...

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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

EE to trial 5G at Glastonbury Festival

EE, Glastonbury Festival’s technology partner for the sixth year, will trial 5G at the event, installing five temporary masts across the Worthy Farm site and these will broadcast 2G, 3G, 4G, along with 5G for the first time.

While 5G-capable devices will be able to ...


Report: Huawei uncertainty will delay global 5G roll-out

A new report has suggested that global adoption of 5G, once the technology is available, will likely happen up to a year faster than the recent roll-out of 4G, anticipating more than a billion connections by 2022. At the same time, the forecast - published this week by ...

Commercial 5G goes live in Switzerland

Ericsson and Swisscom claim to have switched on the first large-scale commercial 5G network in Europe that supports commercially available smartphones.

The network went live on 17 April, after Swisscom’s secured a commercial 5G licence. As all the component parts were ...

O2 to offer NHS voice and data deal

Mobile network operator O2 has launched its ‘health tariff,’ which it describes as a “unique connectivity package” exclusively for health organisations.

According to the company, the offer is aimed at helping NHS stakeholders meet the organisation’s goal of being ...

Major Midlands train station’s 5G first

Birmingham New Street has become the first train station in the UK to test 5G, with technology provided by Vodafone as part of a city-wide trial.

According to the company, the roll-out took place on the New Street concourse. Users have included members of the public, ...

CommScope completes its acquisition of Arris

CommScope has completed its acquisition of Arris International plc, the owner of Ruckus Networks. The deal was announced on 8 November and was valued at around $7.4 billion.

On the wireless side, the synergy between the two companies arises from the trend towards ...



Small businesses hit hardest over cybercrime in 2018

?Small businesses in the UK bore the brunt of £17 billion worth of cyber attacks in 2018, according to new research from Beaming, the business internet service provider. Almost two thirds of UK companies employing between 10 and 49 people – the equivalent of 130,000 businesses ...


ESN certifies Sierra Wireless’s in-vehicle router

Sierra Wireless’s Airlink MG90 multi-network vehicle router has been certified and approved for use on the UK’s Emergency Services Network (ESN).

ESN will eventually replace the Airwave TETRA network, which is currently being used by the country’s emergency services ...
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