T-Mobile’s free 5G service for emergency responders goes live

T-Mobile has launched its “Connecting Heroes” initiative which gives free 5G connectivity to emergency responders.

Yesterday, the company teased a new “Un-carrier” announcement would be made today. Now we know what it is.

Connecting Heroes was first announced last year as part of T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint. T-Mobile pledged to give emergency responders 10 years of free wireless service.

Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile, says:

“When we’re...

FCC chief wants Congress to prevent spectrum auction by changing law

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai has called on Congress to change a law which mandates a spectrum auction that he believes is against America's interests.

“An FCC auction of the T-band is a bad idea. But as of today, the law mandates that we do it,” Pai said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate that Commission resources must be dedicated to laying the groundwork for an auction that will likely fail.”

The FCC is currently legally-obliged to auction off space in the 470-512MHz...

Accenture to expand Nordic telecom footprint with Northstream acquisition

Accenture has acquired Swedish strategic consultant, Northstream to expand its capabilities in the Nordic region.

Northstream offers services to mobile operators, network and handset vendors, and the industry at large. The company helps communications service providers (CSPs) identify industry shifts, adapt to market changes, and make capital out of new business and technology opportunities.

With this acquisition, Accenture will aim to tackle CSP demand for network...

UK makes bold promises to advance digital infrastructure

An assessment by the UK National Infrastructure Commission highlights areas where investment should be prioritised to prevent shortcomings.

“The whole purpose of the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment is to think beyond the technologies of today and to ensure we can make the most of future innovations,” explains Sir John Armitt CBE.

“It’s why it’s not just a one-off but something we will be repeating every five years to ensure...

UK: How telecoms services would alert citizens of a nuclear attack

With relations between the West and Russia plummeting, and Russian President Vladimir Putin flaunting his nation’s upgraded weapons, we thought it’s worth looking at what the current alert procedure would be in the event of a nuclear attack.

Following the use of a Soviet Union-developed nerve agent called ‘novichok’ in a town in Salisbury, the first use of such a deadly toxin in Europe since 1945, the UK asked Russia to explain how it could have end up being...

EU referendum may have been influenced by hackers

In April last year, Britain made the historic decision to leave the European Union. A website allowing people to register for the referendum deciding whether the UK remained a member of the EU bloc collapsed just hours before the vote, prompting speculation it was hacked to influence the result.

A report from the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs select committee said there were “indications” the website had been targeted by a botnet...

Emergency services benefit from world-first integrated mobile satellite and cellular service

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A world-first integrated mobile satellite and cellular service, formed through a partnership between Globalstar Europe and Manx Telecom, has been unveiled and will go in testing initially with emergency services to keep them connected no matter where they are or the current network conditions. 

The new system is known as EMN (Extended Mobile Network) and will...

IBM launches emergency services network for safer cities

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Our cities are getting smarter, and the knowledge they provide are allowing new methods of interacting with the environment around us. An important advantage to the rise of the smart city will be its ability to improve emergency services; which is what IBM is hoping to deliver with the launch of new cloud-based software. 

IBM has announced 'Intelligent Operations Center for Emergency...

Editorial: Building an open, programmable city

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Bristol, a city in the South West of England, has gained international exposure in recent months thanks to becoming the European Green Capital. During yesterday's 'Bristol is Open' launch, we got to see how the city is prepared to lead the way for connected cities thanks to a range of partnerships and a world-leading infrastructure...

To understand how the city is positioned to lead the way on a global scale, we first have to give you a...

The IoT-based future of policing

We all know the Internet of Things is going to have a substantial impact on public services and how they are delivered - although not always for the better. The Internet of Things will allow for greater efficiency and reduced expense, but potentially at the cost of jobs, privacy, and security.

Earlier this week, President Obama proposed $263 million to improve law enforcement after all the protests coming out of places like Ferguson regarding police brutality. $75 million would...