BT increases profit on declining revenues by getting rid of 2,000 people

Operator group BT saw its revenues decline in the six months to the end of September but still managed a 30% increase in net profit.

Profit is revenue minus overheads and reducing the latter is a time-honoured way for companies to keep themselves in the black. Among BT’s five strategic highlights for the fiscal half-year, which included finding a new CEO and demonstrating its 5G capability, was the ‘removal’ of around 2,000 roles over that time. The other two were a small NPS gain and some vague Openreach achievement.

UK Government Allocates £200M for Full Fibre Broadband in Hard-to-Reach Areas

Computer Business Review

The UK government has allocated £200 million to deploy full fibre broadband to hard-to-reach areas across the country in what it called an “outside-in” approach to connectivity.

The Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme will allow trial models for local hubs in rural areas such as primary schools that would otherwise never have had access to high-quality broadband.

The rural funding, which comes from the National Productivity Investment Fund, will also provide a voucher scheme for in order to fund full-fibre connectivity to nearby homes and businesses.

SD-WAN drivers, strategies are broad and deep, survey finds

Fierce Telecom

SD-WAN is still a relatively young technology, so it is not surprising that a survey conducted by Sapio Research on behalf of tech integrator Teneo found that multinational enterprises have significantly different goals and deployment strategies.

Public Technology

A House of Commons inquiry into the work of GDS to data and the state of digital government has begun publishing its findings.PublicTechnology looks at what a range of experts have had to say.

For those of us who, in our younger years, often had to explain ourselves in the wake of an underwhelming school report or parents evening, the word ‘disruptive’ will likely have few positive connotations.


Hyperoptic full-fibre network hits public housing milestone

Computer Weekly

More than 150,000 publicly owned homes have now been connected to Hyperoptic’s ultrafast fibre broadband network

Full-fibre broadband network builder and service provider Hyperoptic has now passed 160,000 social and community housing properties around the UK with its ultrafast fibre optic network.

In addition to its roll-out to commercial developments, over the past 18 months Hyperoptic has established itself as a leading provider of broadband services to public housing projects in the UK.

Public Technology

Rob Thompson, formerly head of engineering at the Department for Work and Pensions, has joined the Home Office as chief technology officer.

Thompson announced the move in a blog post, where he said that his new role will see him “provide the strategic direction for engineering, technology and architecture across the Home Office”.

Memo to Mark Sedwill: Here’s how to reboot government IT

The Register

This time, use people who know what they’re doing

The new Cabinet secretary and head of the British civil service, Mark Sedwill, has a chance to rethink how the UK government does IT.

And this means deciding what to do with GDS, the Government Digital Service. Although the kids-in-jeans-in-Whitehall era is now a distant memory, GDS remains, in name at least, the go-to expert in Whitehall.

Professor Vishanth Weerakkody, an expert in government IT at Brunel and now Bradford University, said we might as well start from scratch on new principles. He recently submitted devastating testimony to a Science Select Committee on digital government.

Government Prep Another £250m+ for UK Full Fibre Broadband

ISP Review

The UK Government’s Chancellor, Philip Hammond, is reported to be planning another investment boost of at least £250 million to help further extend the availability of Gigabit capable “full fibre” broadband (FTTP / FTTH) links across more of the country. An announcement is expected on Monday as part of the Autumn Budget.

According to the Telegraph, the extra investment will be targeted toward delivering fibre optic lines to connect more schools, libraries and other publicly-owned buildings. The idea seems to be that by establishing these local “hubs” then other ISPs will later be able to harness them in order to extend ultrafast broadband outward, such as into nearby homes and businesses.

What can I say about this 5G elixir? Try it on steaks! Cleans nylons! It’s made for the home! The office! On fruits!

The Register

Yeah, everyone’s getting fed up with next-gen wireless hype

Once in a generation, a technology comes along that changes everything: how we work, communicate, trade, live.

And based on a year of seemingly endless coverage, you could be forgiven for believing that “5G”, the next advance in wireless technology, is it.

It will make the internet-of-things a reality; it will fix internet access for rural areas; it will create entire new markets; it will change literally everything that we do on a day-to-day basis.

Except it won’t.