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Keep up-to-date with the latest industry news, as well as developments within radio technology and wireless communications. Our news section covers policy and regulation, product developments, contract awards, project deployments, research, appointments and more. It is catered towards those with an interest in the use of wireless communications in a mission/business critical environment.

Viasat acquires $7.3bn Inmarsat to create space-based broadband giant

US telecoms giant Viasat has announced the acquisition of the UK’s Inmarsat for $7.3 billion in a move it claims will “massively boost” its global broadband and narrowband networks in terms of number of satellites and available spectrum.

The cash and equity deal will see the two ...

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 provider following a £31 ...

Nokia heads to the moon for ice mining experiment

The National Aeronautics & Space Agency (NASA) has announced plans to launch a shuttle to the moon containing an Intuitive Machines lander, hopper robot and a Nokia network.

The Nokia network will support an ice mining experiment on the moon that will see NASA seek and extract resources ...

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 mobile network ...

5GRuralDorset demos world first in 5G satellite backhaul

The DCMS-backed (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) 5GRuralDorset project has successfully demonstrated what it claims is the world’s first satellite backhaul from a 5G standalone (SA) network.

Two of the project’s sites in Portland now boast both satellite and terrestrial ...

COP26: AI key to cutting energy demand

A new report from Nokia and GSMA Intelligence released to coincide with the COP26 Summit has revealed that the telecoms industry sees artificial intelligence (AI) as key to cutting energy demand from rising internet traffic.

Research group GSMA surveyed 103 communication service ...

Singapore remains top of Smart City Index

The third annual IMD-SUTD Smart City Index (SCI) has revealed Singapore as the top city in the world for investment in smart city technologies.

Over the past few years, the government of Singapore has implemented a strategy to transform its capital into a “city in a garden” with ...

Former Google director to take lead at DRCF

The Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (DRCF) has announced a major appointment with the recruitment of former Google, Channel 4 and BBC director Gill Whitehead as its new chief executive.

Whitehead joins the regulator from Google’s UK Management Group, where she led on data science, ...

Ericsson eyes low latency VR

Ericsson has launched a range of new telecoms software which it claims will “guarantee consistent low latency” across virtual reality (VR) and remote control settings.

The ‘Time-Critical Communication Software Toolbox’ has been designed to secure data delivery within specific latency ...

Cross-border 5G tech to connect cars across Europe

The Fifth Generation Cross-Border Control consortium (5GCroCo) has revealed a range of technologies it has developed to achieve seamless 5G connectivity when driving across continental Europe.

The 5GCroCo project, which launched in 2018 with €13m EU funding, has undertaken a series of ...

Organisers: CCW 2021 will be a landmark event

The organisers of this year’s Critical Communications World have stated that that they have high hopes for the show, taking place next week in Madrid.

Speaking in a statement, a spokesperson said: “Taking place from 3-5 November at the IFEMA in Madrid, CCW 2021 will include a world class ...

Sunderland sets goal to be UK’s leading smart city

Sunderland City Council has teamed up with BAI Communications in a bid to achieve its ambitious goal to become “the UK’s most advanced smart city”.

BAI, which earlier this month announced a £1bn communications partnership with Transport for London, has said it will build a new private ...

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 between Samsung’s ...

Nokia rolls out extended ruggedized range

Finnish telecoms giant Nokia has announced the expansion of its industrial portfolio of ruggedized devices to incorporate a 5G standalone (SA) smartphone, field-routers and a 5G millimeter wave (mmW) hotspot device.

Nokia claims that the range will “allow more enterprises to connect ...

Notts County Council to create world’s first 5G forest

Nottinghamshire County Council has announced plans to invest in robot dogs, internet-controlled drones and a wireless upgrade at Sherwood Forest which it claims will make it the world's first 5G-connected forest.

The £10m trial, part-funded by the government's Rural Connected programme, ...

BroadWay project enters pilot phase

The final stage of the BroadWay project’s pre-commercial procurement (PCP) process is underway.

According to the project, this follows the awarding of two contracts to the “first ranked consortia of the phase 3 call-off competition,” following their successful completion of the previous ...

Broadband Forum pledges to merge 5G and fixed broadband

Major telecoms companies including BT, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom and Verizon have pledged their support to develop a new ‘Open Broadband’ standard which will see the convergence of 5G and fixed broadband.

According to the group, the goal of the new Broadband Forum project ‘Open ...

TfL & BAI forge £1bn international communications partnership

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has announced the formation of a new £1bn communications infrastructure partnership between Transport for London (TfL) and BAI Communications.

The partnership claims it will “transform London into a smart city and boost connectivity ...

T-Mobile rolls out 3D-printed autonomous shuttles in smart city testbed

The U.S. city of Atlanta has become home to a new fleet of 5G-powered and 3D-printed autonomous shuttles launched as part of T-Mobile’s ongoing work in the smart city testbed.

The Peachtree Corners suburb of Atlanta is home to the Curiosity Lab smart city project, funded by the city and ...

Orange & Nokia enhance “circularity” to combat climate change

Global telecoms giants Orange and Nokia have agreed a dual commitment to reduce carbon emissions by making greater use of refurbished equipment in their network infrastructure.

As part of what the duo describe as a “groundbreaking agreement”, refurbished network equipment will be offered ...

Scottish National Park installs IoT monitoring

Internet of Things (IoT) services provider North has announced plans to install a range of gateways and sensor devices to “enhance the visitor experience” at the UK’s largest National Park situated in the the Scottish highlands.

The use of IoT sensors at Cairngorms National Park will ...

BAPCO appoints new chief operating officer

BAPCO has named Duncan Swan as the association’s new chief operating officer. The announcement was made by BAPCO president John Anthony at the opening of this week’s annual conference and exhibition, taking place in Coventry.

Swan will take up the part-time role at the beginning of March ...

Nokia launches first off-the-shelf Industrial Edge

Finnish telecoms giant Nokia has unveiled what it claims is the first-ever off-the-shelf, cloud native industrial edge to meet the mission-critical needs of asset-intensive industrial environments.

According to Nokia, the MX Industrial Edge (MXIE) will address “a new category of Industry ...

MANY makes North Yorkshire testing ground for OEMs

The Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) project has announced it has created a testing ground which it is opening up to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to carry out in field-testing using a 5G Stand Alone network.

Working alongside Quickline Communications, MANY is testing the ...

New digital radios rolled out on Blackpool transport

TES Communication Solutions has announced it is supplying Blackpool's buses and trams with a digital radio upgrade which it claims will give drivers and controllers faster communications.

Blackpool Transport Services said the upgrade from analogue radios to a digital radio system will ...
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