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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 ...

Virgin Media 02 pledges full fibre upgrade by 2028

Recently merged Virgin Media O2 has announced plans to upgrade its entire network to full fibre by 2028

The company, which became the UK’s largest telecoms provider following a £31 billion merger in June, said the upgrade covering more than 15.5 million premises would ...

BT pledges UK-wide 5G by 2028

BT and EE have announced a plan to “connect the entire UK to 5G with a unified mobile, Wi-Fi and fibre infrastructure” within the next seven years.

BT-owned mobile network operator EE announced that it had increased its coverage to span 160 locations in the UK earlier ...

Nokia takes flight with ‘next-gen’ AirScale 5G portfolio

Nokia has announced the launch of its latest range of AirScale 5G products covering baseband, remote radio headsets and MIMO active antennas with digital beamforming.

Across the massive MIMO (multiple input and multiple output) antenna range, the new AirScale products ...

Amazon teams with Vodafone on UK ‘edge computing’ launch

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced plans to launch "edge computing" services for its business customers in the UK.

The global technology giant will partner with Vodafone UK to provide fast data transfers using its 5G platform to support ‘edge computing’ services ...

Government to invest £30m to develop UK O-RAN technology

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced the launch of a £30m fund to support R&D projects focused on Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) technology.

The government said the Future RAN Competition (FRANC) funding will form part of its 5G ...

First call accelerates Nokia and AT&T’s US C-Band rollout

Nokia have announced that they have successfully completed the first call on AT&T’s network through the C-Band spectrum ahead of a full roll-out later this year.

Alongside making the successful first commercial call on a 5G smartphone form factor mobile test device, ...

£1bn pledge to Upp broadband coverage in UK

New fibre operator Upp has announced plans to invest £1bn to deploy gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) to more than one million premises in eastern England by 2025.

The new company, which previously operated as FibreMe, has significant backing from Holland ...

Schüler sets out vision for Virgin Media O2

The UK’s largest telecoms company has been launched, following the full completion of a £31 billion merger to create Virgin Media O2.

According to a statement, the new joint venture between parent companies Liberty Global and Telefónica represents the biggest UK ...

Full-fibre reaches more than one in five homes

Just over 20 per cent - around six million - UK homes can now access full-fibre broadband, according to new figures published by Ofcom. The figure has risen 18 per cent since September of last year.

The report also revealed that there has been a significant increase ...


New Open RAN Radio software centre for UK

US network software provider Mavenir has opened a new development centre for Open RAN Radio software in Swindon.

The centre in Swindon will be dedicated to software and system design for Open RAN radio units, with the company claiming it will help “broaden the future ...

Government commits to “wipe out mobile signal blindspots”

The government has announced proposals to “eliminate mobile signal blindspots in rural areas and on roads” by allowing mobile companies to build masts up to five metres taller.

Under the proposals, companies will be allowed to make new and existing masts taller and up ...

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