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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.

BT brings 5G broadcast network to Birmingham Commonwealth Games

BT has announced another successful achievement completed at Birmingham’s record-breaking Commonwealth Games having trialled a standalone 5G private network for broadcast coverage of the event.

The telecoms giant worked with the BBC to provide the network in Birmingham’s Victoria Square ...

UK and Korea launch ‘world-first’ O-RAN collaboration

The governments of the UK and South Korea have announced a joint-funded £3.6m competition to collaborate on a “world-first” R&D project to accelerate the development of Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) technology.

For the collaboration, each country’s government will fund a group of ...

BT to bring 5G to Europe’s largest nuclear site

Telecoms giant BT has secured a £32m network services contract with Sellafield to develop Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and 5G across Europe’s largest nuclear site.

The contract will cover the running and maintaining of the company’s entire network services, as well as upgrades ...

Two-way radio for major Mongolian event

Hytera has provided communications technology to Mongolian Music Festival, Playtime.

According to the manufacturer, Playtime is the largest festival of its kind in Mongolia and featured “some of the best new and established international and Mongolian live music bands.” 60,000 people ...

BAI buys digital infrastructure provider ZenFi

Communications infrastructure provider BAI Communications (BAI) has announced plans to expand in America having acquired ZenFi Networks, an East coast-based provider of digital infrastructure solutions and specialist in small cell deployment, fibre connectivity and network edge co-location.

Vodafone Idea trials street furniture 5G small cells

Vodafone and Aditya Birla’s Indian joint venture Vodafone Idea (VI) has begun conducting a trial on the use of street furniture for 5G small cells and aerial fibre ahead of deployment in global smart cities.

As part of the trial, the 5G small cells will be deployed on street-lighting, ...

Liberty Global-Telefonica teams with InfraVia to create UK fibre JV

Virgin-Media 02 owners Liberty Global and Telefonica have announced their entry into the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) UK market by teaming up with InfraVia Capital Partners to create and operate a new wholesale FTTH JV.

The joint venture (JV) will be 50:50 owned by Liberty Global–Telefonica ...

Mitsubishi makes 50W silicon RF MOSFET for two-way radios

Japanese electronics giant Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new 50W silicon radio-frequency (RF) high-power metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) module for use in high-frequency power amplifiers of commercial two-way radios.

The model, which Mitsubishi claimed ...

New PoC product from Hytera

Hytera has launched a new PTT over cellular device - the MNC360 - designed for use in the transportation sector.

Describing the product features, a spokesperson for the company said: “[It] adopts dual antennas and dual SIMs to ensure continuous communication. The external dual LTE ...

Report shows strong 5G growth in UK

Mobile network performance measurement firm RootMetrics has revealed that UK mobile network operators are delivering “outstanding 5G reliability with low latency”.

According to the latest RootMetrics UK Mobile Performance Review, a “highly competitive battle to provide the best 5G” has ...

CityFibre taps Nokia to build 10Gbps broadband network

Nokia has agreed a 10-year XGS-PON broadband equipment agreement with full-fibre network operator CityFibre including access nodes for its nationwide network of purpose-built fibre exchanges.

The Lightspan access nodes being supplied by Nokia as part of the agreement will be used by ...

Samsung teams with Airbus on Tactilon Agnet smartphone

Airbus has announced the development of its Tactilon Agnet solution so it can combine with Samsung’s XCover6 Pro smartphone.

The newly released XCover6 Pro smartphone has added features to pair with the Airbus Tactilon Agnet MCX solution in a move which the two companies claim will ...

New chair for ISPA

Voneus Broadband chief executive Steve Leighton has been elected the new head of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA).

The ISPA represents the interests of the internet sector to government bodies such as the Home Office, DCMS, and Ofcom and comprises of more than 150 ...

Ofcom proposes changes for 10 GHz, 28 GHz & 32 GHz spectrum

Regulator Ofcom has proposed a new set of annual fees for licences in the 10 GHz, 28 GHz and 32 GHz spectrum bands to support the growth of point-to-point fixed wireless services

The new proposed annual licence fees will apply from February 2023 building on the 42 lots of 28GHz spectrum ...

IoT connections continue to rapidly rise

The number of global cellular Internet of Things (IoT) connections grew by 22% to reach 2.1 billion over the past year according to new research,

Swedish IoT market research firm Berg Insight has predicted there will be 4.3 billion IoT devices connected to cellular networks worldwide by ...

New owners for Sepura

Radio manufacturer Sepura has been acquired by London-based private equity group Epiris. The group purchased the company from Hytera Communications.

According to a statement, Steve Barber will continue to manage the business as CEO. Malcolm Miller - with whom Epiris previously worked ...

Thales to test space-based 5G network

Aerospace giant Thales has partnered with telecoms duo Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson to test and validate low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite-based 5G network technologies for mobile phones.

The testing and validation by Ericsson, Thales and Qualcomm follows a recent approval by global ...

Nokia creates Robotics Centre of Excellence

Finnish telecoms giant Nokia has announced a partnership with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to create a first-ever Nokia Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Networked Robotics.

The CoE will be based at the IISc in Bengaluru and according to Nokia will aim to promote interdisciplinary ...

New CDIO for CityFibre

Full-fibre network operator CityFibre has announced the appointment of former HIghways England chief digital and information officer Vicky Higgin.

Higgin will join in the newly created position of CDIO which CityFibre said would focus on supporting “the business in its drive to deliver ...

VM02 connects UK's first 5G hospital

Virgin Media O2 Business has switched on the UK’s first 5G-connected hospital having announced it has built a private network at Bethlem Royal Hospital in south London.

VM02 has teamed up with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), NHS Digital, Bruhati and Nokia to host ...

L&Q combines with G.Network to deliver full fibre

London-based full fibre broadband provider G.Network has agreed a master wayleave with one of the UK’s largest housing association London and Quadrant (L&Q).

Following the agreement, G.Network’s full fibre broadband will be available to more than 30,000 premises across London, the South ...

Australian telco authority joins TCCA

Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Telco Authority has announced its membership of TCCA.

According to a statement, NSW Telco Authority describes itself as “the connectivity leader for NSW Government” as it manages its Public Safety Network (PSN) which supports more than 53,000 registered ...

Sesame Solar creates ‘first-ever’ renewable nanogrids

Climate resilience solutions specialist Sesame Solar has developed what it claims are the world’s first 100% renewable mobile nanogrids to meet “emergency response needs”.

Sesame claims the nanogrids, which electronically unfold a retractable solar array, can generate power within 15 ...

Telesat taking to UK skies with Lightspeed satellites

Communications regulator Ofcom has received an application from Canadian satellite communications company Telesat for an Earth Station Network Licence to deploy their Lightspeed satellite constellation over the UK.

According to Telesat, its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications ...

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. ...
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