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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.

O2 and Vodafone agree spectrum sharing deal as Ofcom auction concludes

O2 and Vodafone have agreed a deal to trade bands in a move they claim will "create more efficient blocks of 5G spectrum".

The deal was announced as part of the final phase of the latest Ofcom spectrum auction, which saw O2 and Vodafone - alongside EE and Three - acquire spectrum in the ...

New Open RAN Radio software centre for UK

US network software provider Mavenir has opened a new development centre for Open RAN Radio software in Swindon.

The centre in Swindon will be dedicated to software and system design for Open RAN radio units, with the company claiming it will help “broaden the future development of Open ...

New Zealand's largest stadium rolls out 5G

Eden Park, which is located in Aukland, has upgraded to 5G ahead of hosting its first-ever concert.

Network operator Spark said the development makes Eden Park the first 5G-connected stadium in the country. The service launched on 24 April, the date of Eden Park's first ever concert, ...

Government commits to “wipe out mobile signal blindspots”

The government has announced proposals to “eliminate mobile signal blindspots in rural areas and on roads” by allowing mobile companies to build masts up to five metres taller.

Under the proposals, companies will be allowed to make new and existing masts taller and up to two metres wider ...

5G MicroCore launched to support Industry 4.0

Software provider Enea has launched its new 5G MicroCore which it claims will be key to supporting private enterprise networks for Industry 4.0.

Enea has announced it it is trialling the 5G MicroCore in Asia on existing private 5G networks. The 5G MicroCore is based on the company’s ...

Sepura wins HR and business recognition

Radio manufacturer Sepura has received Investors in People silver accreditation, as well as ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the recent Cambridge News Business Awards.

The company received the award after its latest assessment with Investors in People (IiP), which came shortly after ...


Nokia deploys narrowband ‘Internet of Things’ with Etisalat

Saudi Arabian telecommunications giant Etihad Etisalat has teamed up with Nokia to deploy narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology across its network infrastructure.

The deployment on Etisalat’s mobile and internet brand Mobily was done in the 800 MHz frequency band. The NB-IoT ...

Europe’s first standalone commercial 5G network launched

OPPO has announced a collaboration with Vodafone, Qualcomm and Ericsson to launch Europe’s first standalone 5G network for consumers.

The network, which is being launched in Germany, will be accessible on the OPPO Find X3 Pro, which the company describes as its “premium ...

New Motorola device designed to link organisations

Motorola Solutions has launched Evolve, a PTT device allowing communication across LMR, broadband and Wi-Fi.

According to the company, the product provides “flexible access to instant voice communication at the push of a button, as well as productivity enhancing data applications.” It ...

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 ...
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