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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 ...


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 ...

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 ...



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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

CCWeek content available on demand

The organisers of Critical Communications Week have announced that all presentations from the event are being made available from this week.

Speaking of the move, a spokesperson for Mark Allen Exhibitions said: “CCWeek was a landmark event, and we're excited to now be ...

Coronavirus contact tracing solution launched

Everbridge has developed a product aimed at helping businesses get back to business as usual, by speeding up contact tracing.

According to the company, the solution provides an “automated approach” to tracking exposure to the virus in the workplace. It does this by ...

UK confirms plans for coronavirus tracking app

The government is working with Google and Apple to release an NHS app that alerts users when they have come into close contact with any virus carriers.

Health secretary Matt Hancock announced at the government's daily press briefing on Sunday that the NHS is "working ...

Coronavirus: how are mobile networks helping?

Mobile network operators are playing a vital role in managing the coronavirus crisis, including updating citizens and enabling employees to work remotely.

With the sudden growth in home working, mobile networks have had to adjust to different usage patterns. Scott ...

Highways England upgrades its critical communications with Sepura

Highways England has invested in Sepura’s SC20 TETRA radios for its front-line traffic officers. In total, it has purchased over 700 SC20 radios to support operations.

Highways England is the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving ...

Huawei given UK 5G go-ahead

The UK government has announced the conclusion of its Telecoms Supply Chain Review, with Huawei given the go-ahead to build “non-sensitive” parts of the UK’s 5G networks.

This follows a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), chaired by Prime Minister Boris ...

Openreach to expand its network to 227 market towns & rural areas

Openreach has outlined plans to bring its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to 227 market towns and villages across the UK. New locations will include Aberdare in South Wales and Saxmundham in Suffolk.

The plans follow village trials launched at the end of last ...

Ofcom CTO steps down

Ofcom has announced that Mansoor Hanif has stepped down from his role as chief technology officer.

Mansoor joined Ofcom in 2018 to oversee the work of its Technology Group. Ofcom has said he will join NEOM, an eco-friendly smart city in the Middle East, next year. ...

Labour unveil plans for publically owned 'British Broadband'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has today announced plans to deliver free full-fibre broadband to all individuals and businesses by 2030, if Labour wins the upcoming general election.

Under the election pledge, it has said it will create a new public entity – British ...

Vodafone Strikes Deal with Openreach

Vodafone has announced a deal with Openreach to expand its Gigafast Broadband full fibre services.

From spring 2020, Vodafone will start making Vodafone Gigafast Broadband available to customers in Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool on the Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) ...

£1bn Shared Rural Network plan to get 4G to 95% of UK by 2025

The government and the UK's mobile network operators – including EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – have set out a plan to achieve 95 per cent geographic 4G coverage in the UK by 2025.

Under this Shared Rural Network (SRN) proposal, the four operators will invest £530 ...
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