Government-funded projects pave the way to make UK a 5G leader

09 April 2018

The government has announced the winners of a £25m competition to pave the way for the rollout of 5G technology.

The six testbed projects will receive between £2m and £5m in government grants as part of a total investment of £41m from private sector and other public sector funding.

The winners include 5G RuralFirst which is led by Cisco with the University of Strathclyde as lead partner.

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Small firms hit hardest by downtime

09 April 2018

UK businesses lost almost 82 million hours to internet outages in 2017, according to research conducted by Beaming.

Earlier this year, the Hastings-based business ISP commissioned an independent survey of business leaders in 514 UK companies to identify the average amount of working time lost to internet outages.

It discovered that, on average, businesses suffered two major internet outages each during 2017 that prevented them from trading or accessing vital services online.

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Superfast broadband available to 95 per cent of premises

07 March 2018

Some of the relay equipment that rural community broadband specialist Voneus sometimes has to install on farms or commercial buildings.

Some of the relay equipment that rural community broadband specialist Voneus sometimes has to install on farms or commercial buildings.

The Government has said it has achieved its manifesto promise of extending superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the country by the end of 2017.

Citing figures published by thinkbroadband.com, it said more than 19 out of 20 homes and businesses now have the opportunity to upgrade their internet connections to speeds of 24Mbps or faster – that’s more than double Ofcom’s recommendation for a typical family home.

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Vodafone to develop LTE network on the Moon

05 March 2018

Vodafone’s 4G lunar base station as displayed at MWC 2018 held in Barcelona last week.

Vodafone’s 4G lunar base station as displayed at MWC 2018 held in Barcelona last week.

Vodafone plans to create the first 4G network on the Moon.

Berlin-based PTScientists is working with the mobile operator’s German division and car-maker Audi to achieve the first privately-funded lunar landing next year.

In collaboration with Nokia, Vodafone will create a network that will connect two Audi-designed lunar rovers to a base station in the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module.

Bell Labs – the pioneering R&D division that Nokia acquired after its takeover of Alcatel-Lucent in 2015 – will create a space-grade ‘Ultra Compact Network’ that will weigh less than one kilo, the same as a bag of sugar.

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