Ericsson, Qualcomm and Thales to take 5G into space

The Andromeda Galaxy.

Ericsson, Thales and Qualcomm Technologies plan to take 5G out of this world and across a network of Earth-orbiting satellites.

After having each conducted detailed research which included multiple studies and simulations, the parties plan to enter smartphone-use-case-focused testing and validation of 5G non-terrestrial networks (5G NTN).

The result could effectively mean that a future 5G smartphone could use 5G connectivity anywhere on Earth and provide complete global...

Jurassic Fibre unveils fibre network growth plans as Rishi Sunak visits headquarters

Rushi Sunak being given a tour of Jurassic Fibre's HQ.

Jurassic Fibre, a broadband internet network developer, has announced ambitious plans to increase the rollout of its ultrafast fibre network to cover 500,000 homes and businesses across 30 towns and villages in the South West by 2026.

The announcement coincided with a visit from The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP to Jurassic Fibre’s Devon headquarters in Honiton.

During the Chancellor’s visit, Michael Maltby, CEO of Jurassic Fibre, outlined the...

Lumine Group snaps up connectivity monetisation firm TOMIA

Someone counting a fan of US dollars.

Lumine Group, a division of Volaris Group focused on the communications and media vertical, has acquired TOMIA, an innovator in global connectivity monetisation solutions.

TOMIA’s software optimises and orchestrates critical inter-carrier business processes including data and financial clearing, network roaming, real-time campaign management and interconnect solutions.

Many of the industry’s leading service providers are said to rely on TOMIA’s technology to...

Spain’s data protection agency hits Vodafone and Google with fines

Steps painted like the Spanish flag.

The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) has fined Vodafone España 3.94 million and Google 10 million euros for failing to follow European data protection rules with their users and customers.

Vodafone España has been fined over sections of the data protection law that relate to the confidentiality and integrity of personal data.

The fine for Google was for what the agency described as two very serious infringements of data protection rules in which the firm for...

Virgin Media O2 teams up with VMware to finalise EU and UK 5G roll-out

Virgin Media O2 UK has selected VMware to help modernise its network and enable the continued success of its 5G rollout.

The company will leverage VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure to rapidly design, build, test and implement virtualised network functions, boosting innovation across its network and the delivery of new services. The collaboration has underpinned the deployment of Virgin Media O2’s 5G network over the past 16 months.

VMware’s Telco Cloud Infrastructure...

EE’s small cells deployments boosts coverage in cities and major towns

Ariel view of Clyde and Glasgow Science Centre.

EE has deployed 200 new small cells across its UK network to boost capacity in high demand areas, providing customers with download speeds up to 300Mbps.

Small cells are mobile radio cells that help to provide better coverage for customers at street level, where it’s often impractical to build larger sites. Located on a variety of existing street assets, including BT’s iconic red telephone boxes, the units offer discreet boosters for coverage and are part of EE’s investment...

72% of businesses lack clear hybrid work strategy

A woman working remotely with her laptop.

The vast majority of businesses lack a detailed hybrid work strategy, according to a study by telecomms firm AT&T and Dubber, a provider of cloud based call recording software.

The State of the Industry: Future of Work survey was created to gain insights from senior executives regarding current and future work models, challenges posed under new working models, and technology accelerants to aid change in the way that businesses conduct work out to 2024.

The research...

BlackRock teams up with Verizon for private 5G network at New York HQ

The New York city skyline.

Verizon Business and BlackRock have revealed that BlackRock’s new global headquarters at 50 Hudson Yards in New York will feature a private 5G network from Verizon.

The deal brings secure 5G Ultra Wideband connectivity to areas of BlackRock’s brand new Hudson Yards facility where high speed and low latency are put to optimal use, such as its trading floor, client-facing conference center, cutting edge auditorium, and meeting rooms.

The On Site 5G deployment can...

UK Government announces Open RAN rollout target and 2G/3G sunsetting

A sunset.

The UK Government and mobile network operators have jointly set a target for 35% of the UK’s mobile network traffic to be carried over open and interoperable Radio Access Network (RAN) architectures by 2030.

IT is believed that open network architectures will play a key role in enhancing the security and resilience of the networks required to keep in touch and do business. 

Following recent decisions the Government has made around the use of high-risk vendors and...