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Hybrid 5G satellite engineering centre to launch in UK

“Adding satellites to existing terrestrial 5G infrastructure is essential to ensure a reliable and safe telecommunications network that supports such connectivity which in turn promotes a seamless and more environmentally friendly experience. Investing in space improves life on Earth.”


Internet providers slam UK Gov Gigabit pledge scale back

Scaled back plans for faster broadband speeds across the UK will come as “a blow to rural communities”, internet providers have said following Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review.

Full-fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home and business across the UK by 2025 was a key Conservative manifesto pledge in the 2019 general election, which brought the goal forward by eight years.


NASA fabricates network cables for supersonic flight testing tech

NASA is building novel network cables that transfer data during supersonic flight as part of a project to demonstrate the possibility of flying quietly at faster-than-sound speeds.

The space agency has developed new technology for its experimental Quiet SuperSonic Technology X-plane (QueSST), that it claimed reduces loud sonic booms typically heard below aircraft flying at supersonic speeds to a noise similar to a car closing at distance.


Satellite firm OneWeb emerges from bankruptcy with shared UK takeover deal

Failed satellite firm OneWeb has been offered a lifeline as it formally emerged from bankruptcy on Friday.

The UK has a “significant equity stake” in the company, as part of a consortium with India’s Bharti Global, after winning a bidding war in July.


New UK bill to enshrine Huawei network ban

A Bill that would give the Government greater powers to shut out high-risk vendors from the UK’s telecoms infrastructure will be laid before Parliament on Tuesday.

The Telecommunications (Security) Bill would create national security powers capable of imposing controls on when – if at all – a telecoms firm could use material supplied by companies such as Huawei.


Kao Data HPC data centre campus hooks up to Vorboss specialist low-latency network

UK-based HPC colocation developer and operator Kao Data has partnered with Vorboss to become a Point-of-Presence (POP) for its high-capacity network. Clients at Kao Data’s Harlow campus can now tap into Vorboss’ network and benefit from direct links from London’s financial hubs to the UK Innovation Corridor and into all major European metropolitan cities.


Ericsson ties up $1bn acquisition of wireless network company Cradlepoint

Ericsson has completed its $1bn acquisition of wireless network company Cradlepoint in an all-cash deal. 

The Swedish networking and telecommunications technology powerhouse announced its intent to purchase US-based Cradlepoint, which primarily sells 3G/4G/LTE routers and modems to service providers and enterprises needing private networks, in September.


BT inks deal with Ericsson to replace Huawei in 5G network

Ericsson has signed a deal with BT to supply equipment for its 5G network in major cities across the UK, as the telecommunications giant continues to shift away from Huawei.

The Swedish firm’s kit is expected to manage around 50% of total 5G traffic for BT and its main mobile brand, EE.


Nokia to deploy 4G network on the Moon

NASA has selected European communications giant Nokia to build the first-ever mobile network on the Moon as part of a wider initiative to improve technology access on the lunar surface.

Nokia Bell Labs will begin building the bespoke LTE/4G network and aims to have it deployed by late 2022. 


Minister casts doubt on 2025 gigabit broadband target

Doubts over the Government’s ambitious pledge on gigabit-capable broadband deepened on Tuesday after the minister responsible for its roll-out failed to say how confident he felt about making the 2025 target.

Full-fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home and business across the UK by 2025 was a key Conservative manifesto pledge in the 2019 general election. It brought the goal forward by eight years.


Report warns 5G rollout delay will cost UK economy billions

Delays to the rollout of 5G across the UK could cost the country tens of billions of pounds in lost economic output, a new report by the Centre for Policy Studies suggests.

It warns that challenges posed by legislation, the phasing out of Huawei equipment and the coronavirus pandemic are stalling the delivery of 5G and could prevent faster economic growth.


Five million UK homes suffered broadband outage last year

Nearly five million people have suffered a broadband outage of three hours or more in the last year, according to new research.

A report by comparison service Uswitch.com said the average home had experienced more than a day – 29 hours – offline in total in the last 12 months.