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.

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 ...

Relay acquires IoT cybersecurity firm

HealthTech firm Relay has announced the acquisition of Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity company Cybeats Technologies.

Relay has said that the acquisition of the Toronto-based firm will “fortify its critical pandemic device deployments” during COVID-19 and beyond.According to a ...

Scottish 5G rollout accelerates with new masts

The Scottish government has announced plans to accelerate the rollout of 5G across the country with a scheme to identify 124 new mast locations.

The scheme will aim to identify sites on public buildings and streets to install new 5G masts and antennas, and reduce barriers to installing ...

Covid-19 “slowing IoT growth”, study shows

A new study from Strategy Analytics has revealed a slower than expected growth in Internet of Things (IoT) connections due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ‘IoT Cellular Connections by Air Interface by Region’ report found that 5G accounted for less than one per cent of IoT connections in ...

EU to invest €900m in 6G research

The European Commission has announced it will invest €900m into 5G deployment and 6G research as part of a new technology R&D strategy to run until 2027.

A new pan-European partnership on ‘Smart Networks and Services’ will co-ordinate research activities on 6G technology under Horizon ...

Budget 2021: £520m boost to SME digital productivity

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out the government's post-pandemic tax and spending plans including a £520m scheme to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access better digital communications.

Under the Help to Grow scheme, the government said it would encourage more companies ...

Norfolk FRS enables ESN early adoption

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has deployed a suite of Panasonic Toughbooks, for use as mobile data terminals on its fire appliances.

The devices have been rolled-out in conjunction with LTE Panorama antennas, and routers supplied by Cradlepoint. The latter products – known as NetCloud ...

Three expands to 1,250 5G sites

Mobile network operator Three UK has released figures indicating that its 5G network is now accessible to 193 towns and 1,250 5G sites in the UK.

New locations on its network include Brentwood, Chorley, and Gateshead. The operator has increased its 5G 'footprint' from 1,000 sites at the ...

S5GC: SME engagement key to 5G success

The Scotland 5G Centre (S5GC) has formed a new strategy advisory group led by Skills Development Scotland’s Claire Gillespie.

Gillespie will head up a six-strong team tasked with supporting the Scottish government’s ambitions to make the country a key part of the UK’s developments and ...

London ambulance deploys tech to protect staff

London Ambulance Service is rolling out body-worn video cameras with the aim of protecting its paramedics from violence. The cameras are being provided by Motorola Solutions.

According to figures released by the service, 529 incidents of violence towards staff have been reported between ...

Nokia collaborates on 5G in Brazil

Nokia has announced a partnership with a Brazilian, government-affiliated, research body to develop 5G solutions based on an Open RAN-compliant, near real-time RAN intelligent controller.

According to the company, the work with the Telecommunications Research and Development Center ...

APD collaborates with what3words

APD has launched a new cloud-based control room mapping software – ‘Maps’ – designed to “optimise emergency services’ response to incidents”.

According to the company, the solution locates personnel, as well as “callers, vehicles, incidents, points of interest and even the nearest ...

UK government claims COVID-19 app success

Figures released by the UK government’s Department of Health and Social Care suggest that the NHS COVID-19 app has prevented around 600,000 cases of the virus since its launch in September last year.

The department also claims that over 1.7 million users of the app across England and ...

O2 expands 5G coverage

Mobile network operator O2 has released figures indicating that its 5G network is now accessible to over 150 towns and cities in the UK.

New locations on its network include Bournemouth, Cheltenham, Doncaster and Southampton. It has likewise increased its 5G ‘footprint’ in London, ...

AI security group publishes first findings

The ETSI Securing Artificial Intelligence (SAI) industry specification group has released its first report, giving an overview of the ‘problem statement’ in relation to AI security.

According to the organisation, the report focuses in particular on machine learning, as well as ...

BAPCO online conference schedule announced

Details of the conference programme for BAPCO: The Online Event have been released. The virtual show - which is being run in lieu of the organisation’s rescheduled annual Conference & Exhibition – will take place between the 2-4 March this year.

Running across the course of the event’s ...
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