Sunsetting 2G: the potential impact

Real Wireless report Switching off 2G, on behalf of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, highlights the potential impacts and issues associated with switching off the UK’s 2G networks.

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Real Wireless is the world’s leading independent wireless advisory firm. In this short video, CEO Mark Keenan explains what to expect working with Real Wireless. He describes the wide range of expertise on offer, the values that underpin our service offering and how Real Wireless is resourced to address the challenges and opportunities of the 5G Era represents for wireless users and the wireless industry. Mark also explains the support on offer for business and enterprise at a time when connectivity has a role to play in almost every sector and service offering.

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The Potential Impact of Switching off 2G in the UK

While the UK has started the deployment of 5G networks, the older 2G networks will inevitably face switch off (or sunset) at some point. This is despite being relied on by the elderly, users in rural locations and numerous machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, such...

Private networks: New players, new opportunities

The advantages of private mobile networks are well rehearsed – from data usage savings and enhanced traffic flow to better control and information security. However, if these private network are to make a significant impact on delivering LTE and 5G value to verticals,...

AutoAir 5G transport project extended

Real Wireless will continue to play a key role in the AutoAir consortium, which has received a further £1.8m in funding from the UK government (DCMS) taking the total project investment from the government to nearly £6m. Matched industry funding now totals more than...

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