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EE sets new 4G target for Shared Rural Network

BT-owned EE has announced plans to upgrade more than 2,000 mobile sites to 4G by June 2024 as part of the operator's commitment to the Shared Rural Network (SRN).

The government and four of the UK's leading mobile network operators - EE, O2 (now Virgin Media 02), Three UK and Vodafone – ...

Government delivers £36m O-RAN funding

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced the 14 projects which will receive funding from the Future RAN Competition (FRANC).

The funding forms part of the government’s 5G Diversification Strategy which aims to “reduce over-reliance on a small number of telecoms ...

Council selects Cellnex for 5G private network

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has awarded Cellnex UK its first council contract to design and build a 5G private network.

The 10-year contract will see the neutral host giant build a dedicated mobile network, comprising a 5G core and radio access network, in Basingstoke’s ...

Ofcom sets 3G spectrum prices & aims to unlock Terahertz spectrum

UK communications regulator Ofcom has announced its new annual licence fees for the paired 2100 MHz spectrum band which covers 3G services.

This spectrum was originally auctioned in 2000 for a fixed licence term of 20 years, to deliver 3G services, and is currently held by the four ...

5G revenues projected to break $600bn by 2026

5G networks will account for more than three quarters of global mobile operator (GMOs) revenues by 2026, according to a new report by Juniper Research.

Market research specialist firm Juniper estimated 5G revenues will exceed $600bn within five years to provide 77% of GMO revenue. It ...

Nokia demos first UK 25G PON for 5G backhaul

Nokia has teamed up with full-fibre network operator CityFibre and the Scotland 5G Centre (S5GC) to carry out what the duo claim is the UK’s first successful trial of a 25G passive optical network (PON) to fuel backhaul capacity for a 5G network.

The successful test, which was conducted ...

VMO2 completes UK-wide gigabit upgrade

Virgin Media O2 has announced the completion of its nationwide gigabit upgrade to achieve 1130Mbps download and 52Mbps upload speeds across 15.5 million properties in the UK.

The “milestone” move, which VMO2 chief executive Lutz Schuler claimed was achieved “four years ahead of ...

Vodafone extends 5G edge partnership with Microsoft

Vodafone Business has agreed a five-year partnership with Microsoft to jointly supply private 5G, edge computing and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Vodafone will sell the Microsoft suite of compute and storage functions, Azure-based IoT ...

Amazon delivers first UK ‘healthcare tech accelerator’

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has teamed up with leading European government-focused technology company PUBLIC to launch its first UK healthcare tech accelerator programme.

The first UK-based cohort of 10 technology start-ups aiming to enter the healthcare sector will join the AWS Healthcare ...

BAI buys Vilicom to expand network presence in Europe

Australian telecoms giant BAI Communications has announced the acquisition of Irish 4G and 5G network specialist Vilicom in a move which it says will accelerate its growth of wireless networks across Europe.

Following the deal Vilicom will continue to operate under its own name as a ...

Co-Op trials body-worn cameras in Scottish stores

The Scottish Midland Co-operative Society (Scotmid Co-Op) has begun trialling the use of body-worn video cameras (BWV) across what it described as three “high risk stores” in Scotland.

The co-operative, which has more than 185 Scotmid supermarkets and Lakes & Dales convenience stores ...

Nokia to create 5G network gold mine

Europe’s largest gold mine is set to become host to a new standalone (SA) 5G private network deployed by Nokia and Telia.

Nokia has announced it will deploy the 5G SA network for Agnico Eagle Finland at the Kittilä mine which is situated around 900km north of Helsinki. The mine ...

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 ...
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