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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.

ICCA 2022 winners announced

The 2022 International Critical Communications Awards took place this week, at the Kursalon in Vienna.

Describing the awards, a spokesperson for the organisers said: "As ever, the event celebrated the very best of the sector with awards being given across a wide range of categories. ...

Three joins 3G switch-off

Leading mobile network operator Three UK has announced plans to switch off its 3G mobile network services by the end of 2024.

Having launched in 2003, Three UK was the UK’s first 3G-only operator and will join fellow MNOs Vodafone and EE in setting the end of 2024 as the date it will no ...

Sepura launches first VHF TETRA radios

Radio manufacturer Sepura has announced the launch of its first-ever TETRA radio to operate in very high frequency (VHF).

The VHF version of Sepura’s SC Series radios have been designed for use by mission critical users in so-called “challenging conditions” such as extensive underground ...

VM02 teams with Telford Council to create full fibre network

Telford and Wrekin Council has announced a partnership with Virgin Media O2 Business to develop a fibre network spanning 200 buildings across towns in the Shropshire region.

The partnership programme will see VMO2 deliver a multimillion-pound boost to connectivity infrastructure and ...

Teltronic connects Tavantolgoi coal mine with TETRA network

Spanish telecoms group Teltronic has successfully deployed a TETRA network to serve a railway corridor linking the Gashuunsukhait Port in Mongolia with one of the largest untapped coking and thermal coal deposits in the world.

The railway line linking Bodi International’s Tavantolgoi ...

CCW keynote government speakers announced

The organisers of Critical Communications World have announced that the Austrian State secretary for digitisation and broadband, Florian Tursky, will be officially opening the event.

He will be joined by Kirsia Pimiä, who will deliver the opening keynote address on the second day of the ...

Ofcom appoints new spectrum lead

Communications regulator Ofcom has made a new appointment to manage what it described as “the lifeblood of the UK’s wireless industry”.

After former appointment Dan Lloyd was unable to take up the position as director of Ofcom’s Spectrum Group due to family reasons, Ofcom has turned to ...

Motorola enables Interpol database access

Police officers from Surrey and Sussex in the UK are using Motorola Solutions’ Pronto app to access Interpol’s crime database.

According to a statement, the newly added functionality will make the information contained on the database available to around 4,500 officers across the two ...

Nokia teams with NTT on 6G trials

Japanese telecoms giant NTT has announced a series of new trials exploring 6G technology with a range of partners including NEC, Fujitsu and Nokia.

NTT claimed it is aiming for commercialisation of 6G technology by 2030 and has begun research into the use of higher frequencies than ...

Advertorial: CCW 2022 speaker interview - Peter Hudson

The Sepura CTO talks about what he sees as the most important issues facing the mission critical communications sector.

What will you be speaking about at CCW 2022? Why is that an important topic?I’m talking on several topics this year. They include TETRA applications and making the most ...

Advertorial: CCW 2022 speaker interview - Kirsi Kokko

The Head of Digital Trust Finland discusses user-focussed development and the utilisation of the latest technology by public safety.

What will you be speaking about at CCW 2022? Why is that an important topic?I will be involved in the panel discussion titled ‘How to get broadband ...

BT and Ericsson collaborate on first UK private commercial 5G networks

BT and Ericsson have formed a new joint venture partnership to provide commercial 5G private networks for the UK market in what the duo claim is the first agreement of its kind.

The multi-year multi-million-pound deal will combine BT’s expertise in building converged fixed and mobile ...

South Korea to create AI ‘disaster response platform’

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced plans to use artificial intelligence and big data to build a digital platform to support on-site response in so-called ‘disaster scenarios’.

SMG said it will initially seek to create the ‘Seoul 119 Big Data Centre’ to manage 119 fire and ...

Telefonica expands broadband reach with OneWeb team-up

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has announced plans to provide connectivity to remote parts of Europe and Latin America as part of a collaboration with OneWeb, the satellite broadband firm part-owned by the UK government.

OneWeb’s constellation of low earth orbit (LEO) satellites will ...

Italian video security acquisition for Motorola

Motorola Solutions has announced it has acquired Italian-based ruggedized video security solutions Videotec.

According to the company, the acquisition complements Motorola Solutions’ line of fixed video cameras by expanding its portfolio to incorporate Videotec’s fixed and PTZ (Pan, Tilt ...

City of London hosts mobile connectivity pilot

Mobile infrastructure services provider Cornerstone has announced a partnership with Freshwave to deliver a mobile connectivity pilot which it claims will help “future-proof” the City of London Corporation’s small cell communication infrastructure.

Connectivity infrastructure as a ...

BT trials new quantum radios

BT has announced it has begun trials of new quantum receiver technology that uses ‘excited atoms’ to boost the capabilities of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) networks.

The receiver technology boasts significantly greater sensitivity than traditional radio equipment and has the potential ...

CCW 2022 organisers predict high visitor numbers

The organisers of Critical Communications World 2022 are anticipating a 60 per cent increase in visitor numbers compared to last year’s show. The figures are derived from pre-registration activity on the event website.

According to organiser Mark Allen Exhibitions, CCW 2022 – which ...

Ofcom to open mmWave spectrum

Regulator Ofcom has announced plans to open the millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum to mobile technology and 5G services across the 26 GHz and 40 GHz spectrum bands.

According to Ofcom, the use of mmWave spectrum could deliver “significant benefits by enabling large wireless data capacity ...

635 new 5G cities created

The annual State of 5G report has reported that 5G cities have come online at a rate of nearly two per day globally over the past year, with the addition of 635 new 5G cities in the past 12 months.

The latest data from Viavi Solutions revealed that the number of cities with 5G networks ...

Advertorial: CCW 2022 speaker interview – Paul Bremner

The Omdia principal analyst talks about the need for control rooms to evolve.

What will you be speaking about at CCW 2022? Why is that an important topic?I will be chairing the discussion on the future of control rooms. This is a particularly important topic right now, as control rooms ...

Advertorial: CCW 2022 speaker interview - Keith Ammons

The PowerTrunk vice president of market development discusses his upcoming presentation at Critical Communications World in Vienna.

What will you be speaking about at CCW 2022? Why is that an important topic?I’ll be giving a North America TETRA update. Even though it is the single ...

Nokia launches ASTaR cybersecurity lab

Nokia has announced the opening of its Advanced Security Testing and Research (ASTaR) lab in Dallas, Texas, which it claims is the first end-to-end 5G testing lab in the US focused solely on cybersecurity.

Solely dedicated to security forensics and research, the ASTaR lab will use and ...

Government announces new ‘Open RAN principles’

The UK government has announced a new set of Open RAN (radio access network) guidelines which it claims will attract new telecoms suppliers to the 5G supply chain and ensure access to Open RAN across the UK.

The guidelines have been created to support the development of new Open RAN ...

BT and Toshiba to trial EY’s ‘quantum secure’ network

BT has announced an expansion of its partnership with Toshiba to launch the first commercial trial of a quantum-secured network to connect two sites in London.

The test of quantum key distribution (QKD) will be run by professional services group EY over BT's Openreach fibre network with ...
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