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Welsh government developing 5G-led tech cluster in Ebbw Vale

The Welsh Government has announced the next phase of its £100m Tech Valleys programme which will see the development of a 5G ‘technology cluster’ in Ebbw Vale.

The new project within the Tech Valleys programme, entitled 5G Wales Unlocked, will see a technology ...

Companies launch first east African commercial 5G service

Nokia has collaborated with African telecoms company Safaricom to provide the first 5G commercial services in Kenya.

The first such service in east Africa will use 5G Single Radio Access Network (SRAN) technology and 5G FastMile gateways to enable ultra-fast Fixed ...

EE, Vodafone, Three and O2 commence spectrum auction bids

Communications regulator Ofcom has begun the process of awarding 5G spectrum in the 3.6 to 3.8 GHz band through its latest spectrum auction.

The auction, which an Ofcom representative told Land Mobile “could take months” to complete in full, will increase the total ...

Scottish 5G rollout accelerates with new masts

The Scottish government has announced plans to accelerate the rollout of 5G across the country with a scheme to identify 124 new mast locations.

The scheme will aim to identify sites on public buildings and streets to install new 5G masts and antennas, and reduce ...

O2 expands 5G coverage

Mobile network operator O2 has released figures indicating that its 5G network is now accessible to over 150 towns and cities in the UK.

New locations on its network include Bournemouth, Cheltenham, Doncaster and Southampton. It has likewise increased its 5G ...

Ofcom outlines how it will measure Shared Rural Network compliance

Ofcom has published details of how it will assess whether mobile network operators are complying with the coverage commitments set out in the Shared Rural Network agreement.

Under the terms of the deal, EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest in a network of new and ...

EE, O2, Three and Vodafone sign up to the Shared Rural Network

Oliver Dowden, the UK government’s digital secretary, has confirmed the Shared Rural Network proposal has now been signed by ministers and mobile network operators.

Under the terms of the deal, EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest in a network of new and existing ...

Ericsson unveils new 5G products and solutions

Ericsson introduced a number of new products and solutions to enhance its 5G platform at its Pre-MWC Media and Analyst briefing in London on 13 February.

The new additions were largely on the operations and business support services side and are designed to enhance ...

Huawei showcases new 5G products

With MWC 2020 cancelled, Huawei instead launched its new 5G products and solutions at an event in London yesterday.

The company said it is “committed to developing the best end-to-end 5G solutions”, which include 5G base stations that support all scenarios and its ...

Rail connectivity progress stalls

The National Infrastructure Commission has warned that progress on mobile connectivity on rail has stalled since the government accepted the findings of its 2016 Connected Future report.

In its new report on the progress of its recommendations – Connected Future: ...

Network operator AI spend to reach $15bn by 2024

Total operator spend on AI solutions will exceed $15 billion by 2024, according to a new study from Juniper Research. This is up from from $3 billion in 2020.

Network optimisation and fraud mitigation solutions were identified as the most highly sought-after AI-based ...

Research reveals mobile network performance ‘sweet spot’

Global Wireless Solutions has completed a nationwide assessment to understand the UK customer experience of mobile network performance.

GWS combined controlled scientific network testing with a deep analysis of consumer behaviour and expectations of performance. Its ...


O2 looks to expand coverage with O-RAN project

O2 has announced a new Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) project.

The company is working with partners including Mavenir, DenseAir and WaveMobile to introduce O-RAN solutions, a type of network technology that is open and software-defined. This will open up O2’s Radio ...

Network sharing takes a step forward

Vodafone has said it is the first mobile network operator (MNO) to deploy a 5G multi-operator radio access network in the United Kingdom.

This follows the Shared Rural Network (SRN) proposal – set out by the government, Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three back in October – ...

£1bn Shared Rural Network plan to get 4G to 95% of UK by 2025

The government and the UK's mobile network operators – including EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – have set out a plan to achieve 95 per cent geographic 4G coverage in the UK by 2025.

Under this Shared Rural Network (SRN) proposal, the four operators will invest £530 ...



Vodafone and O2 finalise 5G network sharing agreement

Vodafone and O2 have agreed to share 5G active equipment on joint network sites across the UK.

This is expected to speed up their rollout of 5G services to their customer base, reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and lower rollout costs (compared ...


Vodafone and O2 to team up on 5G rollout

Vodafone and Telefónica UK (O2) have entered into non-binding heads of terms under which they plan to extend their network sharing partnership term and include 5G at joint radio sites.

This will enable them to deploy 5G faster, offer 5G services to more customers ...

ESN breaks ground on first extended area service site

Construction has begun on the first new mobile mast for the Emergency Services Network (ESN)’s Extended Area Service (EAS), at Boreland, near Lockerbie, Scotland.

In addition to providing mobile broadband services to the country’s emergency services, the mast will ...

Amphenol Procom formed through brand consolidation

On 15 May, Amphenol Private Networks and its portfolio of brands (Procom, Jaybeam and Skymasts) were streamlined into a single brand and company: Amphenol Procom.

Mette Brink, CEO of Amphenol Procom said: "We are so fortunate to have three strong brands in Procom, ...


Chris Pateman to retire as FCS CEO

Chris Pateman will step down from his role as CEO of the Federation of Communications Services on 30 November 2017

Itret Latif, FCS’s deputy chairman, will act as interim CEO while the Board seeks a replacement CEO. Latif is the former Telecoms Business Manager of ...
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