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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.

Roll-out for Porsche’s first 5G-research network

Legendary German car manufacturer Porsche has begun operating a first 5G-research network with Ericsson at its production plant in Leipzig.

The project, the first 5G-research production site network set up by the Volkswagen-owned super-car manufacturer, will enable the secure ...

Space Needle and Gatwick Airport gain AI power

Predictive collaboration platform Veovo has announced the installation of artificial intelligence (AI) powered software at two key new sites: the 605ft Space Needle in Seattle and London Gatwick Airport.

The landmark Seattle attraction, which attracts more than one million people ...

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 Dijkema, Lacuna Space ...

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 towns and connects ...

Orange and Nokia demo 600Gbps scaleability

Orange has confirmed plans to upgrade its long-haul backbone networks to support new high-bandwidth 400 Gbps services after a successful live trial using the Nokia PSE-Vs.

The French telecoms giant now has the ability to scale fibre capacity up to 600Gbps across its live network. The ...

Redcar & Cleveland Council invests in two-way radios

Eemits Communications has agreed a new five-year contract to equip staff from Redcar and Cleveland Council with an upgraded range of two-way radios.

The council has committed to spending more than £123,000 to provide members of its recycling, waste and transport teams with an upgraded ...

Ericsson expands in wireless enterprise with Vonage acquisition

Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson has agreed a deal to acquire cloud-based communications specialist Vonage for $6.2bn (£4.63bn).

The cloud-based Vonage Communications Platform (VCP) serves more than one million registered developers globally via its API (Application Programming ...

S5GC demos 3D video conferencing at COP26

The Scotland 5G Centre (S5GC) has revealed successful results of immersive 5G-enabled technology trials it ran at the recent COP26 Summit alongside Holoxica and the University of Glasgow’s Communication, Sensing and Imaging group.

Holoxica and the CSI group hosted a 5G to 5G holographic ...

MediaTek develops new Dimensity 9000 ‘flagship chip’

Taiwanese semiconductor company MediaTek has announced the launch of a new flagship processor, the Dimensity 9000, which it claims will be its “most powerful chip ever”.

The new Dimensity 9000 is the first mobile SoC (system on a chip) to be built on a 4 nanometer process, in addition ...

Nokia takes over Europe’s leading multifunctional arena

Europe’s leading next-generation multifunctional sports, business and entertainment venue has been rebranded as the Nokia Arena as part of a landmark rights partnership.

The owners of the 15,000 capacity Tampere Deck Arena have agreed a naming rights partnership that could span 10 years ...

Orange lands smart tracking IoT deal with Safran

Aircraft engine manufacturer Safran has chosen to employ Orange Business Services’ smart tracking Internet of Things (IoT) solution across two of its production sites.

According to Orange, the IoT solution uses wireless trackers to accurately pinpoint locations to within three metres ...

Mobile network operators urge investment in smart tech

Mobile network operators association the GSMA has called on policymakers to “harness the potential of mobile connectivity and smart technology” to achieve net zero by 2050.

Research released by the GSMA and the Carbon Trust to coincide with COP26 has suggested that smart technologies ...

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 ...
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