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A return to wind power for global shipping promises benefits for multiple stakeholders

It’s believed that the invention of sails in Ancient Egypt allowed the first sailboats—and hence, the first wave of maritime commerce—to become viable 5,500 years ago. And many thought that with the end of sail-based shipping in the late 1950s (with exceptions), that was that: who needs sails when you have powered sea navigation?

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19 October 2022
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These aren’t the 5G security flaws you’re looking for

In the first (but not best!) Star Wars movie, there’s a famous sequence when Ben Kenobi (as we still know him as at this point) plays a ‘Jedi mind trick’ on some guards to convince them, ‘These are not the droids you’re looking for.’

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11 Oct 2022
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Ericsson is right. We shouldn’t wait around for killer 5G slicing use cases

Last month telecoms.com sat down with Hannes Ekström, Head of Strategy for Business Area Networks at Ericsson—and if you didn’t see it yet, it’s definitely worth 10 minutes of your time.

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5 Oct 2022
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£25m to make the UK an Open RAN leader? Pull the other one

Last month, the Government PR-ed what it modestly dubbed “the latest government boost” for delivering “more innovative, secure and resilient telecoms networks” for the country.

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29 Sep 2022
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Is the Open RAN delay starting to have regrettable market consequences?

Parallel Wireless is either terminal or scaled back to where it was pre-COVID ready for a second go. How to read the runes to see which analysis is correct? Either way, converting Open RAN aspirations to real deployments – at scale – needs all operator stakeholders to support innovation and diversification in the supply chain.

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23 Sep 2022
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Use of 5G NPN in two wards isn’t exactly creating ‘the UK’s first 5G hospital'

Does a new private 5G deployment for an NHS hospital in South London point to a whole new way for UK healthcare – and healthcare around the world - to better connect?

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7 Sep 2022
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Why the UK telco needs to be more instant magical travel than long quest to better service

Recently, Ofcom told us that, given that the country’s 5.2 million SMEs in the UK constitute 99.9% of UK businesses, account for 60% of private sector employment, and 47% of business revenue, “High quality communications connectivity is essential to their ability to participate in and drive the digital economy.” No argument here.

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20 Jul 2022
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You scream, I scream, we all scream, even UK GOV is screaming for Open RAN

A few weeks back, we scoffed at BT for being a little bit sniffy at the immediate commercial credibility of Open Radio Access Network (RAN). Well, we can’t claim sole credit, but at least one US company has broken cover and shown how limited that perception is.

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7 Jun 2022
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Perhaps we’ve all seen enough inspiring 5G videos now?

Earlier this month, the UK Government announced some results of its 5GTT (5G Testbeds and Trials) Programme—which it says is its nationally coordinated programme of investment in all things Fifth Gen, which started two years ago with a claimed £200m of taxpayer support. Absolutely accepting that this is far from over, what should industry be making of what seems to have “succeeded” so far?

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26 May 2022
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BT’s patronising stance on Open RAN really does no one any credit

Apologies in advance to our many highly-valued international readers, but this post definitely needs a Union Jack running over it. We’ll start by telling you why, quoting the body that works on behalf of the Queen to protect our national cyber security:

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6 Apr 2022
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