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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 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, ...

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust selects Globalstar SPOT

Globalstar has announced its latest deployment in the field of science and environmental protection by supplying its satellite-enabled SPOT Gen4 to help Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s soil researchers.

The Trust’s Yorkshire Peat Partnership (YPP) will use the SPOT satellite GPS messengers ...

CCW 2021 registration opens

TCCA has announced the opening of registration for the rescheduled Critical Communications World 2021, taking place at the IFEMA in Madrid, from November 3-5 this year.

Releasing details of the event in a statement, the organisers said: "CCW 2021 will feature a wide range of conference ...

SFL delivers two-way radios for Three Peaks Challenge

SFL Mobile Radio has given its support to Wirral-based charity The Amelia Mae Foundation by donating two-way radios to help the team complete the Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours.

Taking on the challenge in four teams of six, Foundation deputy chair Andy Bowie said the eight Motorola ...

Nokia takes flight with ‘next-gen’ AirScale 5G portfolio

Nokia has announced the launch of its latest range of AirScale 5G products covering baseband, remote radio headsets and MIMO active antennas with digital beamforming.

Across the massive MIMO (multiple input and multiple output) antenna range, the new AirScale products will feature both ...

Dispatch software launch marks APD rebrand to NEC

NEC Software Solutions – formally APD Communications - has developed a new computer aided dispatch product, called Dispatch.

Discussing the solution, a spokesperson for the company said: “The cloud-based software has been developed with input from control room operators. They are best ...

Former Fujitsu chair to lead Telecoms Advisory Council

The government has announced a major telecoms sector expert will chair its newly commissioned Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.

Simon Bladgen, the former non-executive chair of Fujitsu UK, will head up the taskforce created to “provide advice on how to effectively ...

Amazon teams with Vodafone on UK ‘edge computing’ launch

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced plans to launch "edge computing" services for its business customers in the UK.

The global technology giant will partner with Vodafone UK to provide fast data transfers using its 5G platform to support ‘edge computing’ services which use augmented ...

Government to invest £30m to develop UK O-RAN technology

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced the launch of a £30m fund to support R&D projects focused on Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) technology.

The government said the Future RAN Competition (FRANC) funding will form part of its 5G Diversification Strategy ...

New chief exec for Tait Communications

LMR manufacturer Tait Communications has appointed Dr Yoram Benit as its new interim chief executive.

Benit, who joined Tait in early 2018 as global president of technology integration before being promoted to chief operating officer a year later, took over the top role from Garry Diack ...

Nokia develops MulteFire router to broaden unlicensed spectrum usage

Nokia has announced a new project with the MulteFire Alliance (MFA) to “open up private wireless for mass adoption” through the launch of its Industrial MulteFire router 700 user equipment.

The new Nokia MulteFire-standard UE and Nokia MulteFire access point have been made available for ...

Porsche drives ahead road safety with 5G

Porsche, Vodafone and HERE Technologies have teamed up to trial ways to use 5G and precise geo-location technology to reduce the number of road accidents.

At the Vodafone 5G Mobility Lab in Aldenhoven the three companies are collaborating in the development of a real-time warning system ...

SFL upgrades to 5G antennas with Made Smarter funding

Radio communications specialist SFL Mobile Radio has invested in two new pieces of technology for its Sure Antennas division after receiving government funding.

Made Smarter is a communications sector funding programme which the government claims was set up to “help businesses boost ...

TfL commits to 4G coverage across all station by 2024

Transport for London (TfL) has awarded a 20-year contract to BAI Communications to deliver uninterrupted 4G coverage across all London Underground stations and tunnels, by the end of 2024.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has claimed the deal will “remove one of the most high-profile ...

Optilan provides Crossrail comms

Communications and security company Optilan has won the contract to deliver “essential station system upgrades” as part of the London-based Crossrail project.

The upgrades in question include passenger information and surveillance systems at Maryland, Manor Park, Seven Kings, Chadwell ...

First commercial narrowband IoT-over-satellite launched

Satellite-to-Earth communications software specialist Inmarsat has announced a partnership with California-based Skylo to develop what it claims will be the “world's first commercial narrowband Internet of Things(IoT)-over-satellite solution”.

The deal will pair Inmarsat's global ...

Ericsson secures 5G Core deal with Vodafone in UK

Vodafone has announced a deal with Ericsson to use its dual-mode 5G Core technology across its core networks in Germany and the UK.

5G Core accounted for more than 20% revenue share of the mobile core network market in Q1, according to Dell'Oro Group which claims that broader adoption of ...

5G innovation hub for Dundee

The Scotland 5G Centre has announced Dundee as the location for its latest 5G innovation hub forming part of a £4m national network.

The Dundee hub will have a specialist focus on combating cyber crime as well as “supporting innovation and growth in the games, virtual reality and ...

Vodafone builds team for Europe’s first commercial O-RAN network

Vodafone has announced a range of partners including Dell and Samsung to help deliver what it claims will be the first commercial Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) deployment in Europe.

The trio of companies will work alongside NEC, Wind River, Keysight Technologies and Capgemini ...

Telefonica creates Spanish AI consortium

Telecoms giant Telefonica has announced the creation of what it claims will be Europe's largest artificial intelligence (AI) consortium focused on the industrial sector.

The IndesIA consortium has been formed by O2 owner Telefonica and Microsoft alongside four other major Spanish ...

SFL lands two-way radio deal at Cotswold Airport

SFL Mobile Radio has announced a deal to supply Gloucestershire-based airfield Cotswold Airport with Motorola DP1400 two-way radios.

The Ronan Harvey-owned airfield, formerly known as RAF Kemble, spans a 532-acre site and has acquired a set of the DP1400 radios to support its ...

BAPCO 2021 opens for registration

Registration has opened for the rescheduled BAPCO Conference & Exhibition, taking place at the Coventry Ricoh Arena in October.

Discussing this year's annual Conference & Exhibition, the organisers said: "As ever, BAPCO 2021 will feature numerous conference sessions, led by experts ...
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