Ofcom to go ahead with sale of spectrum despite legal challenge

09 February 2018

The operator that will be the most affected by Ofcom’s proposed spectrum caps is BT/EE which already holds about 42 per cent of all available cellular frequencies. PHOTO: EE

The operator that will be the most affected by Ofcom’s proposed spectrum caps is BT/EE which already holds about 42 per cent of all available cellular frequencies. PHOTO: EE

Ofcom has announced plans to go ahead with auctioning spectrum in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands despite pending legal action by Three UK.

While the 2.3GHz frequencies can be deployed immediately (after they have been awarded to operators) to improve mobile services for customers, 3.4GHz spectrum can be used for future 5G networks.

Ofcom had planned to hold the auction in autumn 2017 but was delayed by litigation brought by Three and BT/EE.

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First phase of Renfrewshire public Wi-Fi project is now complete

09 February 2018

The next stage of the deployment will enable students to connect to the Eduroam network for free via public Wi-Fi hotspots.

The next stage of the deployment will enable students to connect to the Eduroam network for free via public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Boston Networks has announced that it has completed the first phase of a £1m project to deliver public Wi-Fi connectivity for Renfrewshire Council and its partners.

The firm began the implementation last year.

The initial phase of the four-year framework encompassed the design and delivery of resilient Wi-Fi connectivity to 25 public and community buildings throughout Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew.

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Samsung unveils its first UK connected stadium

09 February 2018

Giant connected LEDs measuring a total of 120m2 are being installed at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Giant connected LEDs measuring a total of 120m2 are being installed at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The home of Hampshire Cricket, the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, is planning to become a fully connected stadium.

Giant Samsung LED screens and what’s described as “leading-edge” Wi-Fi technology are to be installed by the end of April and ready for the new cricket season.

The Ageas Bowl is working with Evolve AV, part of the Hampshire-based Onecom group of companies, in a deal that will see the venue become a showcase for Samsung’s technology.

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Glasgow cell network upgraded with digital DAS

09 February 2018

Arqiva has upgraded mobile coverage and capacity in Glasgow city centre with the help of equipment maker Dali Wireless and system integrator Cellular Asset Management.

The UK communications infrastructure company replaced the network’s analogue components with Dali’s digital distributed antenna system (DAS) to support 2G, 3G, 4G and future 5G services.

In comparison to traditional DAS, Arqiva says Dali’s digital DAS is able to provide the required performance to accommodate the ever-increasing high-capacity demands.

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