Taking account of a supplier’s approach to payment in the procurement of major contracts


The Government understands the importance of prompt, fair and effective payment in all businesses’s being paid promptly for work done ensures businesses have a healthy cash flow.

A new Procurement Policy Note sets out how payment approaches can be taken into account in the procurement of major Government contracts.

Welsh Government urged to unite to help boost 5G

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Operators have weighed in to advise the best way to build a 5G network in Wales

The National Assembly for Wales has encouraged the Welsh Government to work with mobile network operators or risk Wales being left behind in the rollout of 5G.

The National Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee recommended the action after reviewing the Welsh Government’s Mobile Action Plan earlier this month.

Supply Chain Visibility to focus on SME


New measures to increase the visibility of subcontracting opportunities in Government supply chains and to provide greater visibility of supply chain spend.

For all new Pulic Sector procurements valued above £5 million from May 2018 will require the successful supplier to advertise on Contracts Finder, subcontract opportunities.

Will this bring new opportunities for SMEs or just increase the administration cost of selling to the Public Sector?

Openreach hiring 3,000 new trainee engineers to boost full-fibre rollout

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Openreach is hiring 3,000 new trainee engineers to help it accelerate its plans to deploy ‘full fibre’ broadband connections across the country.

The company, which was spun off from BT in 2017, is currently undergoing a programme of installing “fibre to the premises” across the UK.

It has committed to reach three million homes and businesses with full fibre by the end of 2020 and intends to achieve 10 million premises and beyond by the mid-2020s, “should the conditions be right”.

The new trainees will be based across the UK, helping engineers upgrade, maintain and install services across the company’s broadband network.

The next phase of the SD-WAN evolution requires integrated security

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Cloud is driving fundamental changes in how networks are built, which requires a more flexible network architecture that can accommodate and secure connections to multiple clouds.

The context between SD-WAN and security are in the midst of an evolution that will grow in importance and dominate the WAN Edge landscape for many years to come. That’s because cloud is driving fundamental changes in how networks are built, which requires a more flexible network architecture that can accommodate and secure connections to multiple clouds.

CityFibre extend investment in Huddersfield

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Extension comes five years after CityFibre first brought fibre infrastructure to the town

CityFibre has begun work on a £30 million full fibre network expansion in Huddersfield.

The expansion is set to connect homes and businesses to the full fibre network currently in place capable of up to 1,000Mbps.

The new project is in partnership with Vodafone and the first connected homes can expect to receive gigafast broadband from the operator this summer.

First commercial 5G core expected in 2020

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Dell’Oro’s latest Wireless Packet Core 5-Year Forecast report shows that the projected five-year compounded annual revenue growth rate (CAGR) for the Wireless Packet Core (WPC) market is 3% (2018-2023).

“Initial 5G New Radio (5G NR) network launches are being implemented with 5G Non-standalone (5G NSA) architectures that utilise the 4G Evolved Packet Core (EPC); therefore we have pushed out by one year (from 2019 to 2020), our expectations of when we will see the first commercial deployments of 5G Core,” says Dell’Oro Group analyst Dave Bolan.

BT selects SevOne Data Platform to Accelerate Digital Transformation Strategy

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IBT selected the SevOne Data Platform to provide its service teams with a single, real-time view of the health of their customers’ networks

SevOne, a leading provider of network and infrastructure management solutions, announced that BT has selected the SevOne Data Platform for next generation performance management to accelerate the execution of their digital transformation strategy.

The SevOne Data Platform simplifies the extraction, enrichment and analysis of network and machine data from across multi-vendor environments, providing users with the capability to collect performance at scale and provide actionable events based on automatic, abnormal condition detection.

GDS awards SMS firms GOV.UK Notify contracts


The Government Digital Service has awarded two contracts to small companies providing SMS services to work on the GOV.UK Notify platform.

Firetext Communications and MMG Mobile Marketing Group have won the year-long deals, valued at £800,000 each, to provide services supporting public authorities in using the messaging platform.

The contracts, awarded under the IT services category, became live earlier this month are due to run until 17 January next year.

Should there be a Hippocratic Oath for Data Scientists?

The UK health system is one of the most telling barometers of our society. How do we care for a growing and ageing population? How do we make patients the winners? What are the greatest upcoming risks? One thing is clear. Success will only be possible if politicians, clinicians, managers, patients, families, suppliers and all staff work jointly in a way they’ve never done before. In this episode Lynne Magennis talks to Rebecca Pope, the Head of Data Science and Engineering at KPMG to gain her insight into the situation.