CMA launches probe into Viasat-Inmarsat merger

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a probe into the merger of Viasat and Inmarsat.

Viasat first announced its intention to acquire Inmarsat for $7.3 billion in November 2021. To no surprise, the proposal attracted plenty of attention.

The combined entities would operate a fleet of 19 satellites that are currently in service. An additional 10 spacecraft are under construction and planned for launch within the next three years.

The...

BT inks deal with Ericsson to provide commercial private 5G networks

BT has inked a multi-million pound deal with Ericsson to provide commercial private 5G networks in the UK.

The agreement – the first of its kind in the UK – will combine BT’s expertise in building converged fixed and mobile networks with Ericsson’s 5G network technology and enterprise solutions.

Katherine Ainley, CEO of Ericsson UK & Ireland, said:

“This groundbreaking agreement with BT means we are together taking a leading role in ensuring 5G...

How 5G URLLC and edge computing can make smart factories smarter

5G has brought a lot of hopes and dreams to the telecommunications industry, promising communication and digital service providers a way to open up new revenue streams and monetization models. Yet, for most CSPs, this hasn’t come to fruition.

Now, this can change. Thanks to 5G URLLC and edge computing, telecoms can become the main enablers for manufacturing automation based on 5G networks with the use of intent-driven orchestration, realizing the smart factory...

Truphone will use EE’s network after signing deal with BT

UK-based MVNO Truphone will use EE’s network after signing a five-year deal with BT Wholesale.

Truphone’s customers will benefit from EE’s network which, according to independent tests, is the best overall in the UK for coverage and speeds. At present, Truphone is operating on O2’s network.

Ralph Steffens, CEO of Truphone, said:

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with BT Wholesale, the clear market leader in the UK, on this important relationship...

Juniper Research: 5G will account for 77% of operator revenue by 2026

Analysts from Juniper Research forecast that 5G will account for 77 percent of global operator revenues by 2026.

The analysts found that 5G service revenue will reach $600 billion by 2026.

Despite the ongoing chip shortage, Juniper claims that 5G adoption has been driven by strong uptake of capable devices and “attractive” subscription pricing models.

Charles Bowman, co-author of the research, commented:

“Device vendors are capitalising on...

Nokia uses 5G SA to accelerate the digital transformation of Finnish mining

Nokia is deploying a 5G SA (standalone) network in its homeland of Finland to accelerate the digital transformation of mining.

The vendor is working with mobile operator Telia and its partner Digita to deploy the network for Agnico Eagle Finland Oy.

Agnico Eagle operates the Kittilä mine in northern Finland which is the largest primary gold producer in Europe. The 5G SA network will support Industry 4.0 use cases at the mine.

Tommi Kankkunen, General Manager...

Ericsson: 5G is ‘fundamental’ to Europe achieving its climate targets

A study commissioned by Ericsson has deemed 5G connectivity “fundamental” if Europe is going to achieve its climate targets.

As the world looks to the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, UK for some global leadership on the issue, the report highlights the importance of 5G in achieving carbon emission reduction targets across the wider continent.

The EU has set a target of reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent compared to 2017 levels by 2030. The target...

Vodafone deploys IoT sensors to monitor cliffs and detect landslides

Vodafone is deploying sensors on its Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network to monitor cliffs and detect coastal landslides.

A universal prototype device created by Vodafone can house different sensors for a variety of use cases and is designed to help businesses, local authorities, and academics to adopt smarter approaches to monitoring environmental and public safety issues.

Johan Wibergh, Chief Technology Officer at Vodafone, commented:

“The global...

Vodafone’s latest IoT solution aims to end water industry stagnation

Vodafone has launched a new IoT solution that aims to “accelerate change” in the water industry.

While many industries are embracing digital transformation – enabled by Industry 4.0 technologies – the water industry has largely remained stubbornly stagnant.

Anne Sheehan, Business Director at Vodafone UK, said:

“There is growing demand on the UK water companies to increase efficiency and reduce wastage. We’ve worked closely with the water industry to...

Trend Micro partners with Fujitsu to demo securing a private 5G smart factory

Cybersecurity giant Trend Micro has teamed up with Fujitsu to demonstrate a solution for securing private 5G networks.

The partners simulated a smart factory using private 5G for connectivity and showed how Trend Micro Mobile Network Security is able to keep the network safe.

Akihiko Omikawa, Executive Vice President at Trend Micro, said:

“We’re delighted to be joining forces with Fujitsu to tackle the immense challenge of cybersecurity for private...