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Report shows strong 5G growth in UK

Mobile network performance measurement firm RootMetrics has revealed that UK mobile network operators are delivering “outstanding 5G reliability with low latency”.

According to the latest RootMetrics UK Mobile Performance Review, a “highly competitive battle to ...

CityFibre taps Nokia to build 10Gbps broadband network

Nokia has agreed a 10-year XGS-PON broadband equipment agreement with full-fibre network operator CityFibre including access nodes for its nationwide network of purpose-built fibre exchanges.

The Lightspan access nodes being supplied by Nokia as part of the agreement ...

Three joins 3G switch-off

Leading mobile network operator Three UK has announced plans to switch off its 3G mobile network services by the end of 2024.

Having launched in 2003, Three UK was the UK’s first 3G-only operator and will join fellow MNOs Vodafone and EE in setting the end of 2024 as ...

635 new 5G cities created

The annual State of 5G report has reported that 5G cities have come online at a rate of nearly two per day globally over the past year, with the addition of 635 new 5G cities in the past 12 months.

The latest data from Viavi Solutions revealed that the number of ...

Nokia launches ASTaR cybersecurity lab

Nokia has announced the opening of its Advanced Security Testing and Research (ASTaR) lab in Dallas, Texas, which it claims is the first end-to-end 5G testing lab in the US focused solely on cybersecurity.

Solely dedicated to security forensics and research, the ...

Government announces new ‘Open RAN principles’

The UK government has announced a new set of Open RAN (radio access network) guidelines which it claims will attract new telecoms suppliers to the 5G supply chain and ensure access to Open RAN across the UK.

The guidelines have been created to support the development ...

TalkTalk takes on high bandwidth network

Toscafund Asset Management-owned telecoms group TalkTalk has agreed a deal to acquire London-based provider of high-bandwidth network services Virtual1.

According to the company, the acquisition will see an expansion of the TalkTalk Business offering including the ...

Bernabéu to host largest Wi-Fi 6 stadium network in Europe

Europe’s most successful football team, Real Madrid, has agreed a deal with Cisco which it claims will make the club’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium one of the most technologically-advanced sporting venues in the world.

The agreement will see the San Jose-based technology ...

WWL Hospitals implements new telephony comms

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) has announced an expansion of its partnership with unified communications specialist Cinos to replace its telephony system with an IP (internet protocol) solution.

The hospitals group in the ...

Leading UK MNOs credit calls to Ukraine & waive roaming charges

Major British telecoms companies have united to make it free for their networks' users to call Ukraine and cover the roaming charges of any customers in the country.

Vodafone UK was the first major mobile network operator (MNO) to announce the move as chief executive ...

Sutton secures open access 5G deals

Network service providers Freshwave and Ontix have both announced open access mobile infrastructure agreements with Sutton Council.

Businesses in the South London Borough of Sutton are expected to see an improvement in the area’s 4G and 5G mobile coverage as a result ...

Government reveals plans to cut red tape from 5G rollout

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced a new £4m scheme which it claims will “help local authorities cut red tape” and support telecom operators to install more 4G and 5G kit.

The Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator ...

Nokia achieves new 5G SA speed record

A new 5G Standalone speed record of almost 3Gbps in downlink throughput has reportedly been set using Nokia’s commercial 5G Airscale baseband, MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000 mobile platform, and China Mobile Communications’ network in Shanghai.

In what the trio claim is ...

‘Smart Sunderland’ to deploy data platform & O-RAN architecture

Sunderland City Council has announced new deals with Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) provider Mavenir and Internet of Things platform Connexin as part of its ambitious goal to become “the UK’s most advanced smart city”.

Mavenir’s MAVedge solution that runs on a ...

Vodafone switches on first UK 5G O-RAN site

Mobile operator Vodafone has switched on what it claims is the first 5G Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) site at scale in Europe.

As part of the company’s plan to rollout O-RAN across 2.500 sites in rural parts of Wales and south west England by 2027, Vodafone has ...

Axione to begin £300m FTTP rollout in Fife

Newly launched fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) wholesaler Axione UK has applied for planning permission to begin its £300m full-fibre rollout in Scotland.

The UK subsidiary of French firm Axione Fibre has made an application to Fife Council for permission to install four ...

Nokia expands 5G presence in Baltics

Finnish communications giant Nokia has announced a pair of deals to expand its 5G partnerships with Elisa Estonia and Tele2 across Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Elisa Estonia has agreed a nationwide 5G RAN deployment with Nokia, who will replace the country’s ...

CCW 2022 call for content

TCCA has issued the call for content for the upcoming Critical Communications World 2022, taking place at Messe Wien Congress Centre in Austria, from June 21-23.

his year’s event will have the theme ‘Evolving the Ecosystem’, and in a statement the organisers said “the ...

Half of UK has outdoor 5G coverage

More than half of the properties in the UK are located in an area with outdoor 5G coverage from at least one network operator according to the latest statistics from communications regulator Ofcom.

The first ever 5G coverage data compiled for Ofcom’s annual Connected ...

Chewton Glen Hotel gains two-way radio solution

Premier Communications Electronics (PCE) has completed a successful trial roll-out of Motorola’s digital two-radio solutions at the 18th century Chewton Glen estate in Hampshire.

Chewton Glen, an estate which contains a luxury hotel within a country house building, ...

EE sets new 4G target for Shared Rural Network

BT-owned EE has announced plans to upgrade more than 2,000 mobile sites to 4G by June 2024 as part of the operator's commitment to the Shared Rural Network (SRN).

The government and four of the UK's leading mobile network operators - EE, O2 (now Virgin Media 02), ...

Government delivers £36m O-RAN funding

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced the 14 projects which will receive funding from the Future RAN Competition (FRANC).

The funding forms part of the government’s 5G Diversification Strategy which aims to “reduce over-reliance on a small ...

Ofcom sets 3G spectrum prices & aims to unlock Terahertz spectrum

UK communications regulator Ofcom has announced its new annual licence fees for the paired 2100 MHz spectrum band which covers 3G services.

This spectrum was originally auctioned in 2000 for a fixed licence term of 20 years, to deliver 3G services, and is currently ...

Nokia demos first UK 25G PON for 5G backhaul

Nokia has teamed up with full-fibre network operator CityFibre and the Scotland 5G Centre (S5GC) to carry out what the duo claim is the UK’s first successful trial of a 25G passive optical network (PON) to fuel backhaul capacity for a 5G network.

The successful test, ...

Vodafone extends 5G edge partnership with Microsoft

Vodafone Business has agreed a five-year partnership with Microsoft to jointly supply private 5G, edge computing and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Vodafone will sell the Microsoft suite of compute and storage ...
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