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5G could add £6.3bn to UK manufacturing sector by 2030, says Vodafone

Adoption of 5G could add £6.3 billion to the value of the UK manufacturing industry by 2030, according to a new report from Vodafone. Investment in 5G in manufacturing could increase growth in the sector across the country, especially in the UK industrial heartlands in the North West, North East, Midlands and Wales, it said. The report, in line with Vodafone’s interest to sell 5G networks to enterprises, calls on the government to...

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Argo AI, Ford to launch self-driving vehicles on Lyft Network by end-2021

    Argo AI, Lyft and Ford Motor Company announced that are working together to commercialize autonomous ride hailing at scale. The partners said that this collaboration brings together all of the parts necessary to create a viable autonomous ride hailing service, including the self-driving technology, the vehicle fleet and transportation network needed to support a scalable business. “This collaboration marks the first time all...

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Cisco Reinforces Commitment to Bridging the Digital Divide

Availability and speed of internet connectivity for individuals or households can greatly affect the quality of education, healthcare, and economic opportunities they receive, as well as access to critical public services. The pandemic exacerbated the digital divide and brought this urgent problem to the forefront. Cisco and its public and private sector partners believe now is the time for the industry to get together to solve this...

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Vodafone slices 5G network for UK Power Networks as part of major smart grid trial

Vodafone has kickstarted a trial with UK Power Networks to connect the UK electricity network on a dedicated slice of its national 5G network. The initiative is part of the grid operator’s new Constellation project, to bring compute resources into its substation network, connected over 5G. UK Power Networks is the UK’s biggest electricity network operator. ABB, General Electric, and Siemens are also involved, alongside the...

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G+D buys UK Pod Group to add roaming SIMs and private networks to IoT portfolio

Germany-based security technology group Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) has acquired UK-based IoT airtime roaming and private network provider Pod Group for an undisclosed fee. Pod claims to have a hand in 600-odd private enterprise networks in 185 countries. It also offers global roaming SIM cards and connectivity management for enterprise IoT applications. It claims to offer “unique, customised solutions designed to give enterprises of all...

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The in’s and out’s, up’s and down’s of 5G testing

5G technical requirements along with system complexity require application-optimized test solutions for the entire life cycle 5G continues to evolve and take shape as the next preeminent mobile wireless standard. As the basis for all 5G application fields, high-performance mobile network equipment is critical for success. 5G New Radio (NR) is the next generation of mobile networks and exploits new bands in Frequency Range 1 (FR1) from...

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Deutsche Telekom, China Mobile, Vodafone lead AT&T, Verizon for enterprise 5G

Deutsche Telekom, China Unicom, Orange, China Mobile, and Vodafone have ranked top, apparently in order, in an assessment of 20 mobile network operators for enterprise 5G connectivity. These five are “clear leaders in this space”, said author ABI Research, and head the market from a second ‘mainstream’ grouping that includes US pair AT&T and Verizon, European stalwarts Telefónica, Telia, and BT, plus Singapore-based...