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Keep up-to-date with the latest industry news on developments within radio technology and wireless communications. Updated daily, our news section covers policy and regulation, product developments, contract awards, project deployments, research, and appointments for those with an interest in the provision of wireless communications in a mission-critical or business-critical environment.

Coronavirus: how are mobile networks helping?

Mobile network operators are playing a vital role in managing the coronavirus crisis, including updating citizens and enabling employees to work remotely.

With the sudden growth in home working, mobile networks have had to adjust to different usage patterns. Scott Petty, Vodafone UK’s ...

Coronavirus: how can you keep devices clean?

Motorola Solutions has issued cleaning and disinfecting guidelines for its radios, body-worn cameras and accessories in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Many users will need to continue working throughout this crisis, especially those that fall into key worker categories ...

Ofcom outlines how it will measure Shared Rural Network compliance

Ofcom has published details of how it will assess whether mobile network operators are complying with the coverage commitments set out in the Shared Rural Network agreement.

Under the terms of the deal, EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest in a network of new and existing phone masts, ...

Critical Communications World 2020 rescheduled to November

Critical Communications World 2020 will now be held between 3rd and 5th November, due to the current circumstances around coronavirus.

The event was previously planned to be held in June, and will remain at the IFEMA in Madrid, Spain. Tony Gray, chief executive of TCCA, said, “It is ...

EE switches on 4G on the London Underground

EE is now offering 4G mobile coverage in tube stations and tunnels on the eastern half of the Jubilee Line as part of a Transport for London (TfL) pilot.

The service went live yesterday and, as previously announced, the pilot covers the platforms and tunnels between Westminster and ...

Nokia adds 5G services to its WING IoT platform

Nokia is enhancing its Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) managed service platform by adding 5G and edge capabilities.

Nokia said that operators can access the service with minimal capital expenditure as they do not have to invest in global infrastructure. This is because WING offers ...

Huawei installs 5G network in Wuhan’s Huoshenshan hospital

Huawei deployed a 5G network in the new hospital in Wuhan that was built to manage the coronavirus.

Huoshenshan hospital was built in the city in ten days to accommodate a rapid rise in infections, and Huawei installed its 5G network. That included the completion of network planning, a ...

Ofcom finalises rules for mobile airwaves auction

Ofcom has confirmed how airwaves to support the rollout of 5G will be released.

The regulator held a consultation on its proposal at the end of last year, and has today confirmed the rules for how the auction will work. This will increase the total amount of airwaves available for mobile ...

Frequentis supports UK control room transition to ESN

Frequentis will work with the Home Office to ensure that Frequentis control room operators have access to a fully approved and easy to use interface into the new Emergency Services Network (ESN) for all their mission-critical communications.

Frequentis is one of four suppliers chosen by ...

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police choose Sepura

Three UK police forces have jointly upgraded to Sepura SC20 TETRA radios.

Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary made use of their joint purchasing power to equip officers with the new SC20 TETRA radios. Over 1,900 radios have been purchased ...

Ericsson to acquire Genaker

Ericsson has signed an agreement to acquire Genaker, a provider of Mission Critical Push-to-talk (MC-PTT) solutions.

Ericsson will acquire 100 per cent of Genaker’s shares and says this will strengthen its MC-PTT offering, as well as helping service providers improve their mission ...

Sepura demonstrates D2D RSM prototype at BAPCO

?Sepura will be demonstrating an ESN-ready, device-to-device (D2D) remote speaker microphone (RSM) proof of concept solution at the BAPCO show in Coventry this week (Ricoh Arena: 10-11 March 2020).

The prototype shows how existing TETRA radios can be repurposed for the forthcoming 4G LTE ...

EE, O2, Three and Vodafone sign up to the Shared Rural Network

Oliver Dowden, the UK government’s digital secretary, has confirmed the Shared Rural Network proposal has now been signed by ministers and mobile network operators.

Under the terms of the deal, EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest in a network of new and existing phone masts. This will ...

Control Room Awards celebrate inspirational unsung heroes

The APD Control Room Awards 2020 have honoured the lifesaving, behind-the-scenes work of control room stars who go above and beyond in their roles every day.

The awards are the only accolades of their kind to recognise the unsung heroes of the control room community in the UK and ...


Nokia starts search for Bell Labs Prize innovators

Nokia has launched the Bell Labs Prize 2020, a competition for researchers to share innovative designs that can help solve key challenges facing humanity.

Finalists will be given access to Bell Labs resources – software, hardware, systems, platforms and a set of collaborators from a ...

Rakuten and Vodafone invest in low earth orbit satellite network

Rakuten and Vodafone have become the lead investors in a venture to develop a mobile broadband network that will be broadcast from space.

AST & Science has said that its SpaceMobile network will be the first low earth orbit (LEO), low-latency satellite network in the world to connect ...

London’s Angel Court gets multi-operator 4G mobile coverage

The Angel Court development in London now has what is claimed to be UK’s first multi-operator digital DAS-based managed mobile 4G connectivity service, courtesy of developer Stanhope and network service provider the Freshwave Group.

The two companies have deployed a comprehensive 4G ...

O2 makes new environmental commitments

O2 has shared details on how it will remove carbon emissions, wherever possible, across its business by 2025. It says this will give customers “a mobile network where calls, texts and data are powered by cleaner, greener energy”.

The company says it already uses renewable electricity ...

Pekka Lundmark appointed CEO of Nokia

Nokia’s Board of Directors has welcomed Pekka Lundmark back to the company as its new president and chief executive officer. Rajeev Suri, the company’s current president and CEO, had previously indicated he was considering stepping down from his role provided a solid succession plan was in ...

Virgin Media ramps up gigabit broadband rollout in the West Midlands

More than a million homes across the West Midlands are set to benefit from gigabit home broadband. Virgin Media says this is the UK’s largest gigabit switch-on to date.

Virgin Media will switch on its next-generation Gig1 Fibre Broadband services in early March in Birmingham and Coventry ...

APD wins ESN integration contract

The Home Office has contracted APD Communications to develop critical software to integrate blue light organisations and other public services with the forthcoming Emergency Services Network (ESN).

ESN is intended to replace the UK’s existing TETRA-based Airwave network and the Home ...

New 3D mapping solution to aid 5G network planning

HERE Technologies has unveiled HERE Geodata Models – a highly precise and scalable 3D digital representation of the physical environment surrounding 5G antennas – to help telecommunications companies accelerate the planning and deployment of their 5G wireless networks.

The 3D mapping ...

Nokia launches end-to-end 4G and 5G New Radio slicing

Nokia has announced the launch of new end-to-end slicing network functionality for 4G and 5G New Radio (NR). It says it is the first vendor to offer this capability.

The slicing capability can be deployed via a software upgrade into existing LTE and 5G non-standalone (NSA) networks and ...

Anritsu and Samsung complete 5G NR standalone mode tests

Anritsu and Samsung have carried out key scenarios on 5G New Radio (NR) standalone (SA) mode and those tests have been approved by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB).

The companies said these tests are defined by 3GPP TS38.521, TS38.523, ...
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