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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

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UK.gov won't Airwave bye for another 3 years, plans to phase in ESN services
Monday, 24 September 2018 20:37

The Home Office has overhauled its plans to replace the UK's emergency services radio infrastructure with a 4G network, extending the lifespan of the existing network by three years and offering users early access to some services.

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The intent was to switch off the Motorola-owned Airwave radio service in 2019, replacing it with the Emergency Services Network (ESN) – but the programme has been beset by problems and delays .

Even a review of the work was pushed back six months , completing in July this year instead of January.

Off the back of the in-depth review, the

Juniper's Contrail gets edgy, Cloudflare joins BGP club, and an $Important announcement
Monday, 24 September 2018 19:15

Juniper Networks this week pulled the covers off the latest in its Contrail range, a carrier edge product called Contrail Edge Cloud.

The Gin Palace said the software targets applications like base stations, hub sites, and switching sites.

Integration with Red Hat's OpenStack IaaS platform allows Contrail Edge Cloud to run compute nodes and VMs from a central location, without needing a control plane at remote sites. Kubernetes (such as Red Hat's OpenShift Container Platform) provides container orchestration.

Edge Cloud has Contrail's Networking for workflow, policy, and service chaining baked in; as well as Contrail Security for telemetry and policy

US cities react in fury to FCC's $2bn break for 5G telcos: We'll be picking up the tab, say officials
Saturday, 22 September 2018 10:11

A plan to impose a federal price cap and one-size-fits-all model for the rollout of next-generation mobile networks has been met with fury by US cities.

New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle and dozens of other cities have responded in anger to a public comment period on two proposals from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Those proposals would override the cities' ability to charge mobile operators for positioning 5G cell towers on their property and instead impose a single, federal fee.

The FCC claims that the proposal will remove $2bn in "unnecessary fees"

In a race to 5G, Trump has stuck a ball-and-chain on America's leg
Friday, 21 September 2018 07:59

Comment President Donald Trump's trade war with China may come with a serious cost to America's next-generation cellular networks, a federal regulator has warned.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel told a conference audience on Thursday that part of the new tariffs announced by the White House against China will include 25 per cent levies on essential networking components.

The import levies are a "terrible thing" for 5G, Rosenworcel warned and are "not going to help us lead." The goods included under the new tariffs including antenna, switches and routers – all of which are essential to the build-out of super-fast mobile

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