Battery could power PCs for over seven years

10 April 2017

A north west technology firm has produced a new battery system which it claims can power a suite of computers for almost eight years.

Tests conducted over a five-month period by engineers at the University of Manchester showed that the POD developed by Formby-based Extreme Low Energy (ELe) could power 30 computers for seven hours a day over 2,830 consecutive days (i.e. 7.75 years) before the battery capacity dropped.

Dr. Rebecca Todd from the university’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering says: “We applied our findings specifically to consider the use of the POD in educational establishments, and concluded that an average school should be able to use the system for over 14 years before the battery reaches 80 per cent capacity.”

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UK’s first 5G fixed wireless trial

10 April 2017

Arqiva and Samsung Electronics are working in partnership to develop what they say is the first field trial of 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) technology in the UK.

Set to take place in the second half of 2017, the trial will involve the deployment of an end-to-end 5G FWA network operating in the 28GHz band.

Arqiva owns the national licence for this spectrum which is also the standard band being used for 5G trials in the USA, Japan and South Korea.

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TES helps Northern Ireland college call for backup

10 April 2017

South West College (SWC) in Northern Ireland has overcome its comms challenges with the help of Leyland-based TES Radio.

The college’s campuses in Cookstown, Dungannon, Enniskillen and Omagh are around 35 miles apart and host more than 500 staff and 25,000 students.

All this meant the logistics of managing the IT department were daunting.

SWC technical supervisor George Frazer says: “The campuses are also quite large with big buildings and set in hilly terrain, so communication-wise, the traditional radio equipment we had was inadequate in terms of site coverage and signal.”

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5G to deliver economic benefits ‘twice as fast as fibre’

14 March 2017

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5G infrastructure will outstrip the economic benefits of fixed fibre broadband in the UK by 2026, according to a new report by O2.

It comes as Ofcom outlined its schedule that will lead to the commercial launch of fifth generation mobile services in 2020.

O2’s report, Tech-onomy: measuring the impact of 5G on the nation’s economic growth, predicts the effects of digital connectivity on post-Brexit Britain.

The study and associated socio-economic modelling was conducted by independent research consultancy Development Economics.

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