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.

Ofcom proposes spectrum prices for Arqiva and Airwave

UK regulator Ofcom has announced its proposed licence fees for Arqiva and Airwave’s 412–414 MHz and 422–424 MHz paired spectrum.

Communications infrastructure and smart meter specialist Arqiva won the spectrum in a 2006 auction, with a 15-year initial no-fee licence period. Arqiva ...

£1bn pledge to Upp broadband coverage in UK

New fibre operator Upp has announced plans to invest £1bn to deploy gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) to more than one million premises in eastern England by 2025.

The new company, which previously operated as FibreMe, has significant backing from Holland & Barrett owner ...

Schüler sets out vision for Virgin Media O2

The UK’s largest telecoms company has been launched, following the full completion of a £31 billion merger to create Virgin Media O2.

According to a statement, the new joint venture between parent companies Liberty Global and Telefónica represents the biggest UK merger in a decade and ...

Nokia announces 5G public safety webinar

Nokia, in collaboration with Critical Communications Network, is holding a free webinar discussing the ways in which public safety will likely benefit from 5G.

Taking place later in June, ‘What will change with 5G for public safety’ will focus on how increased bandwidth and lower ...

First AI use-case library launched for telecom providers

Nokia and Microsoft have teamed up to launch the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) use-case library on the public cloud for telecom providers.

The duo claim that by integrating Nokia’s security framework with Microsoft Azure’s digital architecture, communications service ...

TCCA launches online user events

TCCA has announced Critical Communications (CC) Bitesize, a new multi-part online series focusing on critical communications entirely from the user perspective.

The first part - which takes place on 23-24 June – will look specifically at the use of narrowband in verticals such as public ...

New co-chair for UK5G Manufacturing Working Group

The UK5G Manufacturing Working Group has appointed u-blox head of technology Sylvia Lu as its new co-chair.

UK5G is a national innovation network which claims it is "dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the industrial application of 5G in the UK". Its manufacturing ...

Free access on trial for 5G mesh network in Liverpool

Liverpool 5G Create has unveiled plans to offer residents of Kensington in Liverpool free access to its 5G mesh network, which it claims is the largest of its kind in Europe.

The health, social care and education project, which runs until March 2022, has built its own high speed network ...

Industry honours control room heroes

?APD has held the 2021 iteration of its annual Control Room Awards online, with the ceremony taking place in the middle of May.

The annual awards are described by APD as recognising “the selfless and unstinting efforts of control room individuals and teams who go above and beyond the ...

Councils use IoT sensors to tackle flooding

Two London borough councils have partnered with remote monitoring specialists Aquasition to trial the use of sensors which they claim will help prevent flooding.

Sutton and Kingston Councils are deploying the sensors, which use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor rising water ...

NHS Scotland teams with Microsoft on track and trace

Microsoft UK has partnered with NHS Scotland to design a COVID-19 track and trace system for businesses, as lockdown restrictions ease around the country.

According to a statement, the mobile-based solution uses QR codes, taking the user to a secure Scottish government website where ...

Viavi expands automated testing for L3Harris two-way radios

Viavi Solutions has announced an expansion of its partnership with L3Harris Technologies to provide enhanced automated test capabilities for L3’s P25 and DMR two-way radios.

The Viavi 3920B Radio Test Platform and 8800SX Digital Radio Test Set enable automated test and alignment for P25 ...

Lowestoft gains full-fibre broadband

CityFibre has announced a new completion date regarding plans to bring ultrafast broadband to the Suffolk coastal town of Lowestoft.

Full fibre networks use fibre optic cables to deliver "faster broadband speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, compared to copper-based ‘fibre broadband’ services." ...

Full-fibre reaches more than one in five homes

Just over 20 per cent - around six million - UK homes can now access full-fibre broadband, according to new figures published by Ofcom. The figure has risen 18 per cent since September of last year.

The report also revealed that there has been a significant increase in the availability ...

Telecoms companies create ‘EU Cloud Alliance’

Nokia, Ericsson and Telefonica have joined 23 other telecoms companies in creating what they call a “roadmap for cloud and edge technology solutions across Europe” by forming the EU Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud.

The European Commission said that it received the roadmap ...

Konecranes takes 5G network to new heights

Crane specialist firm Konecranes has announced plans to deploy enhanced automated crane control with a new 5G long-term evolution (LTE) network.

The company has set up a 5G Standalone (SA) private wireless network in partnership with Nokia and Edzcom at its Hyvinkää smart factory in ...

Nokia launches blockchain-powered Data Marketplace

Nokia has launched a new platform to facilitate data monetisation for businesses with secure sharing of data and artificial intelligence (AI).

The Nokia Data Marketplace as-a-service will offer what the Swedish telecoms giant claims is a “blockchain-powered data marketplace” aimed at ...

Ericsson launches remote 5G-office cloud for businesses

Telecoms giant Ericsson has unveiled plans to launch a remote working cloud service to support employees of small businesses in North America.

The 5G-ready subscription service will allow businesses to grant access to licensed apps, cloud storage and security tools to “selected ...

Vodafone and Google expand global data partnership

Telecoms giant Vodafone and Google Cloud have announced that they are building an “industry-first” global data platform, capable of processing 50TB of data every day.

The creation of the ‘Nucleus’ cloud-based storage and analytics portal is the first part of a newly expanded six-year ...

Satellite operator secures significant French investment

OneWeb has announced $550m investment from French space group Eutelsat, supporting its plans to provide global high-speed internet via a network of 600 satellites.

The UK-based satellite operator has plans to encircle the globe with more than 600 satellites in low orbit, providing ...

Transport Scotland rolls out WAVE PTX radios

Infrastructure support service Amey has deployed a combination of Motorola’s push-to-talk WAVE PTX radios and dispatch software, as part of a new long-term contract with Transport Scotland.

According to Amey, the contract is in relation to the “management, maintenance and improvement of ...

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, ...
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