UK Tech Week in Review [31 October 2020]

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Investigating whether digital tourism is the travel industry’s last hope, hi-tech UK farming crosses the pond, a nano-satellite maker is heading to Basingstoke, Lockheed is heading to Shetland, and BT selects Ericsson to help eliminate Huawei gear from core networks.

Here’s some of what you missed in technology news across the UK this past week:

Can digital tourism get people traveling amind Covid-19?

man wearing VR glass headset
Photo by Hammer & Tusk on Unsplash

The BBC takes an inside look at how virtual tourism may be the greatest hope for getting people traveling again amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

What began for many as a temporary stop-gap measure may now be a long-term tool. Iata predicts that travel will not resume to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.

Bernd Debusmann, BBC News Business reporter

Read more: Coronavirus: Is virtual reality tourism about to take off? via BBC News

Hi-tech UK farming firm rustles up new business with US ranchers

Photo by Stijn te Strake on Unsplash

ITV reports that Cambridge-based Herdsy, which specialises in fitness tracker-style equipment for livestock, has sealed a new deal with cattle ranchers in the United States.

Read more: Hi-tech farming firm rustles up new business with Texas ranchers via ITV

Nanosatellite maker NanoAvionics to open new factory in the Basingstoke

Photo by NanoAvionics

Just some 80 km outside of central London, a nanosatellite bus manufacturer and mission integrator is expanding its space sector business; with high flying plans of job creation.

The company, NanoAvionics, is moving to a new, larger facility for satellite assembly, integration and testing (AIT) as well as sales, technical support and R&D activities located in Basingstoke later this year.

NanoAvionics is a fairly young company, founded just six years ago as a spin-off from Vilnius University, Lithuania back in 2014. But in those six years the company has already managed to develop a hub in Lithuania and two in the USA. This latest move – which is entirely financed by the company itself – is a first step for its UK growth plans.

Dennis Dahlgren, evertiq.com

Read more: Nanosatellite maker to open new factory in the UK via evertiq.com

Lockheed Martin shifts UK launch site from northern Scotland to the Shetland Space Centre

Shetland Islands
Photo by Pixabay

Lockheed Martin moves its planned UK launch operations from the Space Hub Sutherland in northern Scotland to the Shetland Space Center on the island of Unst, also in Scotland, the UK Space Agency announced.

Read more: Lockheed Martin moves UK launches to Shetland Space Center via SpaceWatch Global; Lockheed Martin shifts U.K. launch site via Space News

Ericsson selected as BT’s 5G partner for London and major UK cities as BT accelerates moves to ditch Huawei equipment from their networks

Photo by Ericsson
  • Ericsson will be a key BT partner for 5G deployment in the UK capitals London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff and other major cities, managing around 50 percent of their total 5G traffic
  • Ericsson will also modernize BT’s existing 2G and 4G Radio Access Network (RAN) infrastructure enhancing customer experience and network performance for BT and EE customers
  • This deal builds on BT’s selection of Ericsson for 5G Core earlier in the year, making Ericsson the end-to-end 5G partner for BT

Read more: Ericsson selected as BT’s 5G partner for London and major UK cities via Ericsson; BT signs 5G deal with Ericsson to help ditch Huawei via BBC News

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