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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 ...

New world record for LoRa comms

A team of European scientists have set a new distance world record for long range (LoRa) communications technology by transmitting a message more than 730,360km to the Moon and back.

The team of CA Muller Radio Astronomy Station's Jan van Muijlwijk and Tammo Jan ...

CityFibre launches first 800 Gbps backbone ring

Full-fibre network operator CityFibre has launched its first 800 Gbps backbone ring as part of its £4bn ‘Gigabit City' investment programme.

Built in partnership with network equipment provider Ciena, City Fibre’s initial 800 Gbps wavelength ring serves 23 cities and ...

Slough & Salisbury among stronger signal locations for VM02

Virgin Media 02 (VMO2) has announced that it has now achieved 90% UK-wide coverage for its gigabit broadband capability having added a further 1.6 million locations across towns including Slough, Salisbury and Fife.

VM02, which became the UK’s largest telecoms ...

United Living enters 5G space with GBC acquisition

Construction group United Living has announced plans to expand into the telecoms sector with a focus on 5G having acquired telecoms infrastructure business Great British Communications (GBC).

GBC is a specialist provider of procurement, build and repair services to ...

VMO2 teams with Samsung on 5G trials

Virgin Media O2 has announced plans to trial Samsung’s 4G and 5G telecoms equipment on its live mobile network.

During the trials, the two companies have said they will set out to demonstrate the capability and performance of 4G and 5G and assess the interoperability ...

UK 5G download speeds accelerate in Q2

A new report has highlighted a “noticeable” increase in median download speeds and access to 5G networks across the UK following two years of “stagnant speeds”.

Ookla’s Q2 2021 Speedtest Intelligence report revealed that across the four leading mobile networks - EE, ...

Virgin Media 02 takes flight with 5G rescue drones

Swiss drone company Fotokite has announced a new partnership with Virgin Media O2 to test 5G-enabled, tethered drones for use with emergency services.

The simulated rescue trials, which VMO2 claimed are the first ever in the UK, saw the tethered Fotokite Sigma system ...

EE begins 5G deployment on 700MHz band

BT-owned mobile operator EE has announced it will begin rolling out 5G mobile broadband coverage across the newly released 700MHz band.

From October, EE users in Redditch, Morecambe and Cramlington will be able to access ultrafast 5G-based broadband on the spectrum ...

UScellular selects Nokia to roll-out 5G SA core network

Telecoms giant Nokia has announced that UScellular will deploy its hardware, software and services to enable the launch of a new 5G standalone (SA) core network.

The American mobile operator will deploy the 5G SA network across its five million customer network to ...

Vodafone & Ericsson trial energy-efficient 5G radio

Ericsson and Vodafone have completed the first deployment of a new energy-efficient 5G radio in London as part of a collaboration to halve network energy performance.

The controlled deployment of Ericsson’s antenna-integrated radio solution, the AIR 3227, at ...

Government funds ‘enhanced curbside connectivity’ trials

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced the launch of a £4m fund to encourage mobile companies to find more efficient ways to use publicly-owned buildings and curbside infrastructure such as CCTV poles to host 5G radio equipment.

As part of ...

Ogi teams with Nokia to expand Welsh broadband

Telecoms giant Nokia has announced that it has become a ‘key technology partner’ for Welsh broadband company Ogi.

As part of Ogi’s plan to provide full fibre connectivity to more than 150,000 homes in south Wales, the company will now use the Nokia ISAM 7360 OLT. ...

Vodafone expands 5G locations as global use grows

Mobile network operator Vodafone has added 24 new towns and cities, including Blackburn, Poole and Swindon to its 5G network in the UK, making a total of 124 locations.

A location is defined as '5G connected' if it “has a minimum population of 10,000 and [at least] a ...

Former FA chief Crozier scores top job at BT

Telecoms giant BT Group has announced the appointment of former Football Association chief executive Adam Crozier as its new chairman.

Crozier, who has also held top positions at ITV and Royal Mail, will take over from outgoing chairman Jan du Plessis in December and ...

RootMetrics gives ‘5G Gold’ to Team GB

Research specialist RootMetrics has awarded an additional gold to Team GB post-Tokyo 2020, claiming that its ‘Everyday 5G’ metric puts the UK top of its ‘5G Olympics podium’.

The IHS Markit owned research company reported that UK 5G network connections are ...
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