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First 5G satellite network for IoT launching

US communications group Ligado Networks has announced plans to deploy what it claims will be the world’s first 5G mobile satellite network for the Internet of Things (IoT).

As part of the deployment, Ligado will partner with US network software provider Mavenir to develop advanced ...

Former FA chief Crozier scores top job at BT

Telecoms giant BT Group has announced the appointment of former Football Association chief executive Adam Crozier as its new chairman.

Crozier, who has also held top positions at ITV and Royal Mail, will take over from outgoing chairman Jan du Plessis in December and lead on BT’s plan to ...

Government and UK5G launches ‘Verticals Campaign’

The government-backed UK5G Innovation Network has launched a campaign to increase awareness of the role of 5G in four vertical sectors: creative industries, manufacturing, transport & logistics, and health & social care.

UK5G claims that the campaign will feature events, a supplier ...

Hanwha backs OneWeb with antennas & $330m funding

Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications specialist OneWeb has announced a major investment by South Korean global technology and manufacturing giant Hanwha.

As part of a new funding round, Hanwha made a $330m equity investment and pledged to provide OneWeb with “further defence ...

Vodafone widens NB-IoT coverage

Leading UK mobile network operator Vodafone has announced it has doubled the number of sites in its narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network.

The infrastructure expansion will see Vodafone achieve what it claims will be 98% UK coverage, “to support the growing number of businesses ...

NTT claims major 5G advance

Technology provider NTT has launched the PG5, whIch it describes as a “the first globally available private LTE/5G Network-as-a-Service platform.”

Giving an overview of the product, a spokesperson for the company said: “NTT Private 5G is purpose-built to solve enterprise business ...

Bird takes flight with geo-fenced speed zones

US scooter rental firm Bird has announced plans to trial a ‘digital geo-fencing system’ to slow traffic in pedestrian-heavy areas including around schools.

The company, which operates shared electric scooters in more than 250 cities across Europe, the Middle East and North America, said ...

Three expands collaboration with Amdocs

Leading mobile provider Three has announced a multi-year partnership with Amdocs which will see the US firm supply it with a new, cloud-based omnichannel digital business system.

Amdocs, a St Louis-based communications software and services specialist, will work with the CK Hutchison ...

Openreach conducts ‘first-ever’ 25G PON tests

BT-owned Openreach has announced it has teamed up with Nokia to conduct what it claims will be the UK's first-ever tests of 25G passive optical network (PON) full-fibre.

According to the broadband giant, the new full-fibre technology “could deliver ultra-reliable broadband services that ...

Nokia launches eSIM and iSIM platform

Nokia has launched a new embedded SIM (eSIM) and integrated SIM (iSIM) platform to help businesses deliver new 5G mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) services.

The Finnish telecoms giant claims that iSIM Secure Connect will also support securely managed machine-to-machine (M2M) and ...

Virgin Media 02 to use Ericsson 5G SA core

Ericsson has announced it will deploy its cloud native, container-based dual-mode 5G Standalone (SA) core across Virgin Media O2’s new SA network in the UK.

According to the two companies, the deployment will “pave the way for Virgin Media O2 to deliver ultra-fast connectivity to ...

RootMetrics gives ‘5G Gold’ to Team GB

Research specialist RootMetrics has awarded an additional gold to Team GB post-Tokyo 2020, claiming that its ‘Everyday 5G’ metric puts the UK top of its ‘5G Olympics podium’.

The IHS Markit owned research company reported that UK 5G network connections are consistently above 100 Mbit/s ...

Google debuts in-house chip in new Pixel phones

Google has announced its first move into the system on a chip (SoC) field with its new Tensor SoC set to be used inside two upcoming phones, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro launching this autumn.

The Tensor SoC is named after the Tensor Processing Units (TPU) that Google uses in its data centres. ...

Vodafone study claims 5G could add £6.3bn manufacturing boost

The adoption of 5G could add more than £6bn annually to the value of the UK manufacturing industry by 2030 according to a new study by Vodafone and WPI Economics.

The study claims that “5G could help factories make better decisions and maximise productivity by facilitating the ...

Glasgow University demonstrates 5G robotic arm teleoperation

A research group from the University of Glasgow has successfully demonstrated what it claims is the country’s first teleoperation of a robotic arm over 5G.

The group, led by Professor Muhammed Imran, claims that the teleoperation could support several sectors including manufacturing, ...

Virgin Media 02 pledges full fibre upgrade by 2028

Recently merged Virgin Media O2 has announced plans to upgrade its entire network to full fibre by 2028

The company, which became the UK’s largest telecoms provider following a £31 billion merger in June, said the upgrade covering more than 15.5 million premises would “make it even ...

Essex college creates first UK XR campus

USP College in Essex has announced plans to open what it claims is the UK’s first ‘extended reality campus’.

The XTEND Digital campus in Canvey will allow students from Unified Seevic Palmer's to “create and experience content in virtual and augmented reality”. Due to open at Meppel ...

Nokia launches its first-ever rugged mobile

Finnish smartphone vendor Nokia has announced the launch of its “first true rugged handset”, the Nokia XR20 5G.

The handset, which Nokia describes as "life proof", marks the company’s first move into the niche outdoor, rugged mobile market. Featuring a ruggedized casing which is ...

Ofcom proposes satellite broadband licensing enhancements

UK communications regulator Ofcom has published proposals to change the way it licenses new satellite broadband networks.

The regulator has outlined plans to “support competition” in the growing market for Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit (NGSO) systems being deployed to connect people ...

AT&T to develop ‘5G Smart City’

US telecoms giant AT&T has teamed up with property developer JBG Smith to build a “5G Smart City at scale” in Virginia.

AT&T claims it will use 5G to make the National Landing district "a prototype for smart cities of the future" by incorporating self-driving vehicles, "immersive retail ...

Signify adds narrowband smart lighting with Telensa acquisition

LED lighting specialist Signify has completed a deal to acquire UK company Telensa adding narrowband street lighting to its offering.

Telensa, which was valued at £11m, will continue to sell under its own brand as a subsidiary of Signify. Telensa claims to have “connected over 2 million ...

BT pledges UK-wide 5G by 2028

BT and EE have announced a plan to “connect the entire UK to 5G with a unified mobile, Wi-Fi and fibre infrastructure” within the next seven years.

BT-owned mobile network operator EE announced that it had increased its coverage to span 160 locations in the UK earlier this year and has ...

Ericsson agrees $8.5bn with Verizon to expand 5G in US

Ericsson has signed a ‘record breaking’ $8.5bn multi-year deal to supply radio access network (RAN) equipment to Verizon across the United States.

Ericsson has signed a ‘record breaking’ $8.5bn multi-year deal to supply radio access network (RAN) equipment to Verizon across the United ...

West Midlands to roll out 5G-connected road sensor network

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and West Midlands 5G (WM5G) have announced plans to establish a 5G-connected road sensor network to relay traffic information.

The new £5.8m 5G network will relay live traffic information to the regional control centre enabling TfWM to take actions ...

Vodafone and Ericsson launch first SA 5G core

Ericsson has teamed up with Vodafone Spain to trial the use of what they claim is the first-ever standalone (SA) 5G core.

The collaboration which Ericsson claims will “enable new use cases for the latest 5G technology” will see Vodafone use an Ericsson dual-mode core and a multi-access, ...
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