Avanti cuts prices to help remote businesses get connected

28 November 2018

Avanti is running the project from its satellite operations base at the famous Goonhilly site on Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula.

Avanti is running the project from its satellite operations base at the famous Goonhilly site on Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula.

Cornish businesses now have access to superfast download speeds of up to 40Mbps from less than £1per day by using the latest satellite technology.

This follows Avanti Communications cutting the price of its European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) business satellite broadband scheme by an average of 63 per cent.

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Vodafone to double IoT network to expand enterprise possibilities

27 November 2018

Vodafone IoT director Stefano Gastaut claims NB-IoT gives businesses access to 5G capabilities a year before they actually become commercially available.

Vodafone IoT director Stefano Gastaut claims NB-IoT gives businesses access to 5G capabilities a year before they actually become commercially available.

Vodafone will double the number of European cell sites in its 5G Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network footprint by the end of 2019.           

It’s claimed this will create the world’s biggest, international NB-IoT network. It will be available in 10 European countries, including planned launches in the UK, Romania and Hungary.

According to Vodafone, NB-IoT is the ‘industrial grade’ LP-WAN (low power wide area network) technology that will provide connectivity for many smart city and industrial applications at low cost and with equivalent security to 4G.

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Scientists send a movie’s worth of data in seconds to autonomous vehicle

26 November 2018

High-speed comms will enable autonomous vehicles to quickly share masses of data with each other as well as traffic management systems.

High-speed comms will enable autonomous vehicles to quickly share masses of data with each other as well as traffic management systems.

Researchers at Warwick University’s WMG research group claim to have set a new 5G communications speed record using a Level 4 autonomous vehicle. Working in the 28GHz millimetre wave (mmW) band, they are said to have hit 2.867Gbps in over-the-air transmissions.

According to the team, that’s nearly 40 times faster than current fixed line broadband speeds and equivalent to sending a detailed satellite navigation map of the UK within a single second, or an HD film in less than 10 seconds.

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Connecting a coastal community in Scotland

19 November 2018

Cambium Networks’ routers are delivering speeds of up to 50Mbps in Drimnin. The firm reckons they’re showing how fixed wireless access can help bridge the digital divide.

Cambium Networks’ routers are delivering speeds of up to 50Mbps in Drimnin. The firm reckons they’re showing how fixed wireless access can help bridge the digital divide.

Rapier Systems has completed the installation of a new wireless broadband infrastructure to connect the entire Drimnin community in Oban, West Scotland.

The Fife-headquartered wireless networks specialist says it connected around 50 properties in the area, including homes, businesses and holiday lets, via licensed microwave links which its engineering team installed over the course of a month.

As a result, the remote, coastal community – which previously only received an average internet speed of 0.5Mbps – can now access speeds of up to 50Mbps.

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