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Huawei launches world’s first self-driving 5G electric car

Telecoms giant Huawei is collaborating with the Chinese automotive industry to create what it claims is the world’s first 5G-equipped electric car with autonomous-driving features.

In a launch statement for the Arcfox aS HBT, the company said it will be the first ever car to feature “a ...

EE expands 5G to 160 locations

Mobile network operator EE has released figures indicating that it has added 35 new towns and cities to its 5G network in the UK, making a total of 160 locations.

New localities on the network include Aylesbury, Worcester, Portsmouth, as well as tourist spots including Brighton PIer. ...

Nokia and Optus achieve ‘record’ speeds for 5G mmWave layer

Mobile giant Nokia and Australian wireless carrier Optus have teamed up to achieve a “record-breaking speed” of 10 Gbps using 800MHz of mmWave at a live 5G test site.

The two companies claim the 10 Gbps downlink throughput achieved on a live site in Brisbane powered by Nokia’s 5G ...

Schüler to take Virgin Media into £31bn tie-up with O2

Virgin Media and 02 have announced Lutz Schüler as chief executive of a newly merged company anticipated to become the UK’s largest mobile network. 

The merger, which will create a £31bn mobile network and broadband joint venture, was agreed in principle last year by O2 owner Telefonica ...

Deutsche Telekom names new head of IoT

Deutsche Telekom has named Dennis Nikles as the new managing director of its Internet of Things (IoT) division.

According to the company, Nikles will take over responsibility for its entire IoT business, including production and technology, starting this month. Nikles said he will focus ...

Verizon wins first 5G contract for UK freeport

American carrier Verizon Communications has won its first industrial 5G deal in Europe securing a deal with Associated British Ports (ABP) to supply an upgraded wireless system at one of the UK's new freeports. 

Verizon will build and run a next-generation private wireless system in ...

Welsh government developing 5G-led tech cluster in Ebbw Vale

The Welsh Government has announced the next phase of its £100m Tech Valleys programme which will see the development of a 5G ‘technology cluster’ in Ebbw Vale.

The new project within the Tech Valleys programme, entitled 5G Wales Unlocked, will see a technology cluster formed around a ...

ARM introduces first new chip architecture in a decade

British technology giant ARM has launched ARMv9, its first new chip in a decade, offering "enhanced 5G processing, machine learning and augmented reality capabilities."

According to the company, the new Armv9 architecture will “form the leading edge of the next 300 billion [devices ...

Ikea and ITV invest in what3words expansion

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has invested £12m in virtual mapping solution what3words.

The investment by Ingka Group, the holding company behind Ikea, was followed by British television operator ITV investing £2m to acquire a minority stake in the company. The what3words app functions ...

Companies launch first east African commercial 5G service

Nokia has collaborated with African telecoms company Safaricom to provide the first 5G commercial services in Kenya.

The first such service in east Africa will use 5G Single Radio Access Network (SRAN) technology and 5G FastMile gateways to enable ultra-fast Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) ...

Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 780G 5G mobile platform

Qualcomm has unveiled its latest 7-series chip, the Snapdragon 780G 5G mobile platform, featuring peak download speeds of 3.3 Gbps on sub-6 GHz frequencies.

The solution enables several of what Qualcomm describes as "premium-tier features" appearing for the first time in the 7-series, ...

Scottish council protects lone workers with Globalstar satellite trackers

Perth & Kinross Council has begun using SPOT Gen4 satellite communications from Globalstar to safeguard its lone workers.

With lone workers operating across what the Scottish council described as “a wide-range of rural, isolated and hazardous locations”, the latest evolution of the SPOT ...

First Latin American 5G TV transmitted by Nokia and Azteca

Nokia has collaborated with TV Azteca in Mexico to complete the first trial of TV transmission over 5G in Latin America.

Operating in Mexico City, the trial used 100 MHz spectrum in 3.5GHz frequency, leveraging Nokia’s 5G technology for core and radio access (RAN). TV Azteca was able ...

BAPCO 2021 call for content

The BAPCO 2021 call for conference content has been issued, with a deadline for entries of 10 May. This follows the recent rescheduling of the event - which will take place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry - to October of this year.

Speaking of their hopes for the conference, organisers MA ...

5G 'RuralDorset' testbed adds Qualcomm mmWave tech

Qualcomm Technologies has agreed a deal with the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) to supply the RuralDorset 5G testbed with high-frequency, 5G mmWave modules.

The agreement announced today by the minister for digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, will see the American ...


Orange backs $50m extended reality fund

French telecoms giant Orange has signalled plans to enter the extended reality (XR) sector with an investment into the Venture Reality Fund II.

The American venture capital fund, which aims to raise “at least $50m”, has been set up to support immersive technologies which can fast-track ...

EE, Vodafone, Three and O2 commit to £1.4bn spectrum investment

The UK’s four leading mobile networks have committed to pay a combined £1.356bn in Ofcom’s latest broadband spectrum auction.

Communications regulator Ofcom released a total of 200 MHz of spectrum, in a move which will increase the total amount of spectrum available for mobile ...

Nokia expands 5G reach with Google, Amazon and Microsoft

Nokia has agreed a trio of new partnership deals with three of the world’s biggest public cloud platforms to expand the reach of its 5G portfolio.

Deals with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, will see Nokia’s cloud-based radio access network (RAN) technologies ...

EE, Vodafone, Three and O2 commence spectrum auction bids

Communications regulator Ofcom has begun the process of awarding 5G spectrum in the 3.6 to 3.8 GHz band through its latest spectrum auction.

The auction, which an Ofcom representative told Land Mobile “could take months” to complete in full, will increase the total amount of spectrum ...

Toyota breaks ground at 175-acre ‘smart city’ in Japan

Automotive giant Toyota has begun work on building what it is calling “the city of the future” powered by robots and artificial intelligence (AI) on a 175-acre site in Japan.

The “Woven City”, which will be built at a site at the base of Mount Fuji, will house up to 2,000 staff and ...

NYnet enables public sector roaming across North Yorkshire

NYnet - the high-speed broadband connectivity provider set up by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) - has been selected to provide Govroam to more than 40 public sector bodies.

According to a statement, NYnet will connect NHS organisations, local councils and emergency services across ...

Getac gets new EMEA distributor

Getac has unveiled plans to expand via a new distribution deal with Bechtle, Germany's largest IT system house and European IT e-commerce provider.

The company – which produces ruggedised tablets and notebooks - first collaborated with Bechtle three years ago. The German reseller will ...

MTS launches Huawei equipped 5G pilot in Moscow

Russian telecoms group MTS has launched the country's first 5G user pilot network in the 4.9 GHz band in 14 locations across Moscow.

Existing MTS subscribers using 5G-compatible smartphones will be able to connect at speeds up to 1.5 Gbps via a Huawei-equipped network, according to the ...

Nokia circles KymiRing with 180 hectare 5G network

?Nokia has agreed an “unprecedented motorsports partnership” with northern Europe’s largest track venue, rolling out a 5G private wireless network across the whole circuit.

According to Nokia, KymiRing in Finland will receive an “industrial-grade” network across its 180 hectare circuit ...
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