Manchester city centre to see enhanced mobile connectivity

14 June 2024

Residents, visitors and businesses in Manchester city centre and surrounding areas will soon be enjoying enhanced mobile connectivity from Virgin Media O2 thanks to a new agreement between Freshwave and Manchester City Council.

Freshwave will be deploying more than 20 outdoor small cells on behalf of Virgin Media O2 in busy areas of the city, including outside the Arndale Shopping Centre, Manchester Piccadilly Station and Piccadilly Gardens.

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WBA shares venue requirements report

10 June 2024

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has released its ‘Venue Requirements for User Engagement’ report which takes a fresh look at how users engage with and access services, how venues can optimize revenues, and create new business opportunities.

The report offers best practice advice on developing a venue’s business case for public WiFi, including how to improve user engagement with the use of OpenRoamingTM and Passpoint technology over legacy captive portal Wi-Fi.

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Predictive maintenance: how IoT SIM connectivity can transform manufacturing

06 June 2024

Harry Bowlby, managing director, Spitfire Network Services

Harry Bowlby, managing director, Spitfire Network Services

We are living at the beginning of the era of ‘connected’ things. The applications of such technology are serving to improve life in general by advancing positive change across a wide spectrum of economic and social factors globally. Diving a bit deeper into the world of connected things we can find a whole range of IoT connectivity solutions with IoT SIM connectivity a huge growth area for the purpose of managing IoT assets.

For example, a smart controller can help retailers to manage their stock of refrigerated real estate more effectively. Such a device feeds back regular status reports (data) which can predict whether a refrigeration unit is likely to fail allowing it to pre-empt a service. And farmers (using a variety of sensors) can manage their crops much more efficiently, considering everything from soil moisture levels through to vehicle maintenance management.

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Rubix VT supports Together Co scores new systems

05 June 2024

Rubix VT has stepped up to help beat social isolation by extending a helping hand to Brighton and Hove loneliness charity Together Co with telecoms and volunteers. The company has allocated free telecoms services to 20 users at Together Co, a contribution valued at £10,500.

Together Co received a new telecoms system tailored to its specific needs and integrated with existing systems, which have helped to speed up internal processes and made the charity operate more efficiently. Rubix VT also provided the charity with training and ongoing support to ensure staff could use the new system easily, minimising disruption during the transition period.

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