14 Vol. 40 No. 3 - August 2018 Issue industry news The UK government has released its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review, which is now available to view at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/future- telecoms-infrastructure-review “We have set clear, ambitious targets for the availability of full fibre and 5G networks. We want to see 15 million premises connected to full fibre by 2025, with coverage across all parts of the country by 2033. We want the majority of the population to have 5G coverage by 2027,” it commented. The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review was announced in the government’s Industrial Strategy, with the aim of examining the market and policy conditions that will enable greater investment in future telecoms infrastructure at pace. The Review addresses key questions that could affect the evolution of the UK’s digital infrastructure, such as the convergence between fixed and mobile technologies and the transition from copper to full fibre networks. Commenting on the document, Chris Richards, Head of Business Environment Policy, EEF (the UK manufacturers’ organisation), said: “Today's Review is a major step towards delivering the full fibre digital network that industry needs to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution and comes hot on the heels of the National Infrastructure Assessment that was recently published. Manufacturers across the country have been investing in leased lines to get around the unreliable connectivity options in their area but for those furthest away from fibre connections, this has proved too costly to achieve. “For manufacturers looking to invest in digital technologies to boost their productivity, this announcement of an 'outside-in' strategy, which will see hard-to-reach rural areas prioritised first for government support, is a significant mark of progress. With Britain languishing against competitors on full fibre availability, the government should bring forward the required legislation to enact these changes swiftly to ensure that UK manufacturers are not hindered in their attempts to boost productivity.” UK publishes Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review For full details, see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/futuretelecoms-infrastructure-review Above: Chris Richards, Head of Business Environment Policy, EEF (the UK manufacturers’ organisation) First ‘over-the-air’ beam hopping test Rising demand for worldwide mobile communications on land, in the air and at sea calls for satellite coverage tailored to individual needs. As part of the “BEHOP – Beam Hopping Emulator for Satellite Systems” project, initiated and funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), Fraunhofer IIS is collaborating with WORK Microwave and Eutelsat to research technologies that will deliver more flexibility and higher performance in satellite communication. BEHOP is intended to pave the way for beam hopping, a feature that is supported by Eutelsat Quantum, a satellite due to enter into service in 2020. At present, most satellites operate spot beams at constant power and with a fixed allocation of capacity over a broad coverage region. Beam hopping, however, allows efficient communication by putting power when and where required. It transmits adjusted beams that enable great flexibility as to how capacity is distributed. Currently, no system in orbit supports beam hopping completely. In June 2018, Fraunhofer IIS collaborated with WORK Microwave to test beam hopping for the first time using a conventional Eutelsat satellite. To this end, the beam hopping payload emulator developed at Fraunhofer IIS was added to the uplink transmission chain along with WORK Microwave’s beam hopping-enabled modulator with integrated synchronisation algorithms. In the downlink, the corresponding demodulators from Fraunhofer IIS were