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Virgin Media ramps up gigabit broadband rollout in the West Midlands

More than a million homes across the West Midlands are set to benefit from gigabit home broadband. Virgin Media says this is the UK’s largest gigabit switch-on to date.

Virgin Media will switch on its next-generation Gig1 Fibre Broadband services in early March in ...

5G to support more than 10% of global mobile connections by 2023

66 per cent of the global population will have internet access by 2023, with 5G supporting more than 10 per cent of mobile connections, according to Cisco’s new Annual Internet Report.

The company also forecasts that the average 5G speed will be 575 megabits per ...

MWC 2020 cancelled

GSMA has announced that this year’s MWC will not be held, due to fears around coronavirus.

The announcement follows a number of companies withdrawing from the event over the past week. In a statement to Bloomberg News GSMA’s CEO, John Hoffman, said, “The global ...

Industry sources say MWC is on the brink of being cancelled

Orange has joined a growing list of high-profile technology companies withdrawing from MWC in Barcelona amid concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19.

Over the course of the past week, companies including Nokia, Facebook, Intel, Sony, Amazon, LG, AT&T, ...

Ofcom appoints Dame Melanie Dawes as chief executive

The Ofcom Board has announced the appointment of Dame Melanie Dawes as chief executive. It has also said Lord Burns, its chairman, will step down by the end of the year.

Dawes was rumoured to have been selected by Ofcom back in November, but her appointment could not ...

Good news for Wi-Fi as regulators free up more spectrum

Ofcom is the latest national communications regulator to propose opening up more spectrum for Wi-Fi – a move that will be welcomed by the industry.

The Wi-Fi industry has been lobbying national regulators for years to provide more spectrum as the two main existing ...

MIT researchers pioneer new method for improving wireless signals

Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have revealed a prototype designed to deliver more efficient wireless signals.

Efforts to deliver faster internet speeds has previously focused on adding antennas to either the ...

BT explains new charges stem from recycling efforts

BT has said new post-contract customer charges are part of the company’s plans to reduce its environmental impact.

Customers will be charged between £43 and £50 if they fail to return their Wi-Fi router at the end of their contract, whereas those who keep TV set-top ...

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 ...

Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi launches in Trafalgar Square

Ontix and Global Reach Technology have unveiled a new public Wi-Fi service in London’s Trafalgar Square.

The outdoor service runs alongside Ontix's existing small cell wireless network and will initially comprise 17 Ruckus Wi-Fi access points on lampposts to deliver ...

Ofcom to open up 500MHz of 6Ghz spectrum for Wi-Fi

Ofcom is proposing to make 500 MHz of 6 GHz spectrum available for Wi-Fi, along with 18.2 GHz of Extremely High Frequency (EHF) spectrum in the 100-200 GHz band. Ofcom announced it is consulting on the proposals today (17 January 2020).

Ofcom noted that demand for ...


Wi-Fi 6 impresses in Industry 4.0 trial’s first phase

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has completed its phase one trial of Wi-Fi 6 infrastructure and services at the Mettis Aerospace factory in the UK.

Speeds of 700 Mbps using 80 MHz channels were achieved during the trial and low latency applications, like video ...



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) ...


‘First-ever’ commercial deployment of OpenRoaming

Canary Wharf Group and Cisco have announced what they claim is the world's first ever commercial trial deployment of OpenRoaming.

OpenRoaming is a Cisco-led federation that combines mobile roaming with Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. Users can seamlessly switch between any ...

Cradlepoint in-vehicle LTE router solution wins ESN accreditation

Cradlepoint has announced that it is certified and fully authorised to deploy its NetCloud Service with the COR IBR1700-1200M mobile router across the forthcoming Emergency Services Network (ESN). The ESN, which will deliver a mission-critical mobile broadband service over EE’s ...

Freeway's ‘Fleet in Your Pocket’ app wins innovation challenge

Freeway Fleet Systems has won an Innovation Challenge at the UK’s annual bus and coach event, Coach & Bus UK, for its commercial vehicle fleet management smartphone app.

The company’s fleet-in-your-pocket app was shortlisted after a public vote by visitors to the show ...

Tiago Rodrigues becomes WBA CEO

Tiago Rodrigues has today (26 September) become CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) replacing CEO Shrikant Shenwai, one of the WBA’s founders and who will continue to work closely with WBA and the wireless industry.?

Rodrigues joined the WBA back in November ...

CCTV Monitoring opts for mobile working tech from BigChange

CCTV Monitoring, a construction site CCTV installation and monitoring company, has rolled out a mobile working system from BigChange.

The company’s engineers have been equipped with rugged tablets running BigChange’s JobWatch app, which enables them to be tracked and ...


Wi-Fi 6 certification programme launched

Earlier this week, the Wi-Fi Alliance launched its Wi-Fi Certified 6 certification programme for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 is the first Wi-Fi Certified 6 smartphone. The first products designated Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6, which comprise the test bed for ...
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