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Blu Wireless Wins Backing for Trackside Fibre-less Solution

Wednesday 24 Apr 2024

Bristol-based, high-speed connectivity company, Blu Wireless, has won a lead role in a government-backed project to develop new technologies for rail telecoms. The telco, which specialises in mmWave radio networking technology, says it will be project lead in the ‘High Gain mmWave for Wireless Backhaul for Transport Applications’ category in the government-backed Future Telecoms Challenge – funded by Innovate UK.

Blu Wireless says its role in the project will be to try to replace the need for trackside fibre with a higher power mmWave wireless solution. This, it says, will be closely integrated with the mmWave track-to-train products already in production. Its solution will employ higher power +55 dBmi EIRP transmitters to connect trackside nodes on a point-to-point basis at data rates in excess of 3Gbps.

The funding of the Future Telecoms Challenge will come from the UK Research and Innovation’s £70 million Technology Missions Fund and will support the development of technologies that will be important for future telecoms networks such as mmWave and 6G.

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology announced the scheme as part of the need to grow the UK’s technology-based communications systems, which has been identified as a critical technology area in the recent science and technology framework.

Mark Barrett, Chief Commercial Officer, Blu Wireless said “We have specialist capabilities in connectivity and telecommunications, honed over a number of years in industries such as defence, rail and motorsport. Our mmWave technology delivers gigabit-speed, track-to-train connectivity for rail industry leaders such as FirstGroup in the UK and Caltrain in the US. We’re thrilled to have secured an opportunity to apply this knowledge and experience to wireless backhaul for transport applications.”

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