North Yorkshire receives £11m government support for rural broadband

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North Yorkshire has been awarded £11.15m to bolster its connectivity infrastructure. The money will go towards the recent £20.5m deal the authority signed with BT to complete phase three of its Superfast North Yorkshire initiative. The first two phases of the programme have taken superfast broadband penetration to almost 90%, and the goal of the […]

Lancashire’s Daisy Group swoops in for Voice Mobile acquisition

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Lancashire-based Daisy Group has partnered with Voice Mobile since 2004 and will retain its sales and operations teams to sell and manage EE mobile accounts to existing and new customers. Daisy said its distribution division will use the acquisition to create an “EE centre of excellence” to operate across the group, and that Voice Mobile’s relationship with […]

Bidco secures CityFibre as subsidiary in £537.8 million deal

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The £537.8m acquisition of CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings has completed. The company has Gigabit cities in Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford, Doncaster, Huddersfield and York. Cityfibre, which floated in 2014, has major networks in more than 40 cities and construction underway to reach five million homes. Greg Mesch, chief executive of CityFibre, said: “Having shaken up the UK […]

Leeds tests super-connected self-driving ‘pods’ over 5G

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Telecoms operator aql, Gulf Oil and the University of Leeds and Leeds and Bradford city councils unveiled plans to trial self-driving PODs in Leeds city centre later this year. The ‘super-connected’ PODs will be deployed in a controlled environment on the South Bank and aql will be conducting real-world testing of newly-developed software systems. As […]

Three businesses selected to make Manchester a smart city

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Three new trial projects from companies with big ideas to help make Manchester city centre smarter are being launched through CityVerve – the UK’s smart cities demonstrator. The three companies responded to a market consultation exercise that took place in late 2017.  The consultation provided an opportunity for companies to address current challenges within Manchester using digital solutions and […]

Stockport rail tech firm secures £1m funding for job creation

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Stockport tech firm Trolex Aporta Holdings has secured £1m investment from Finance Birmingham’s national Rail Supply Growth Fund. The funding will enable the business to accelerate its growth plans with the rollout of an in-carriage entertainment system, and create 38 new jobs. The company’s Juxta Infotainment System allows uninterrupted streaming of TV shows, news, travel information and movies […]

Kcom and University of Hull constructing new data centre

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The University of Hull and KCOM are set to construct a new multimillion-pound data centre to address demand in the region. The centre will be called The Hull Data Centre and is to be constructed at the University of Hull and will serve its needs as well as those of KCOM and Hull College. The […]

Nomad Digital strikes deal with Hitachi to bring Wi-Fi to Scottish trains

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Scottish rail passengers will now be able to use surf the internet while on the move after Newcastle Wi-Fi specialist Nomad Digital struck a deal with Hitachi Rail Europe. Newcastle based Nomad secured the deal to supply Wi-Fi technology to a new fleet of 70 trains being built in Newton Aycliffe , County Durham. Jean-Philippe Tissot, Nomad Digital’s chief commercial […]

Elitetele.com expands with acquisition of Nexus Telecommunications

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Elitetele.com, a Chorley-based unified communications provider, has taken over Leeds-headquartered Nexus Telecommunications in its largest deal to date. The acquisition is Elite’s 15th since 2008. It has bought £16m-turnover telecommunication business Nexus Telecommunications, creating a group with sales of £50m. Nexus will be rebranded under the Elitetele.com name and its 35 staff will remain at the business’ […]

Telecoms firm leads the way with durable thermal imaging phone

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Sunderland-based telecoms and IT company CCS is offering the world’s first thermal imaging smartphone helping businesses across a wide range of sectors and especially useful for public services such as fire brigades and police forces. The CAT S60, manufactured in the UK by the Bullitt Group under license from Caterpillar, allows users to see in complete […]

Leeds telecoms firm snapped up by acquisitive group

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A £16m-turnover telecommunication business headquartered in Leeds has been bought by an acquisitive group headed up by a North West Business Insider 42 under 42 alumnus, creating a group with sales of £50m. Elitetele.com, a unified communications provider, has taken over Nexus Telecommunications in its largest deal to date. The acquisition is Elite’s 15th since […]

Newcastle’s Nomad Digital wins Wi-Fi contract for GWR trains

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Rail Wi-Fi company Nomad Digital has won an order to deliver Wi-Fi systems on 93 intercity express new trains for Great Western Railway (GWR). Nomad has been working with GWR, which operates trains and runs stations in the south west of England and south Wales, since 2013, and the new contract will see it fitting […]

Elitetele.com saves Comms Supply from liquidation

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Elitetele.com employs over 150 staff located across offices in London, Chorley, Stoke, Derby, Lancaster and Madrid, and has purchased its 13th business since 2008, business communications service provider Comms Supply. The aquisition brings the Norwich-based firm out of liquidation, and all its employees are joining Elitetele.com. Comms Supply offers mobiles, phone lines and systems, internet connectivity, cloud-based PBX […]

Nomad Digital wins contract to provide WiFi for ‘next generation’ trains in Netherlands

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Alstom-owned train wifi business Nomad Digital has won a contract to deploy passenger WiFi across a new fleet of trains being built for use in Europe. Newcastle-based Nomad is working with parent company Alstom to deploy its tech across the new 79-strong Intercity Next Generation (ICNG) fleet. As well as providing WiFi for the trains, […]

Wavenet expands with Talk Internet acquisition

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Solihull tech company Wavenet has acquired a North West rival following a £35 million management buyout last year. Wavenet provides communication products and services to small businesses, and has bought Warrington outfit Talk Internet in an undisclosed deal. Talk Internet was founded in 1995 and provides network and cloud services. Last summer, Wavenet underwent an […]