Greater Manchester appoints suppliers to develop digital platform for care

Governmnet Computing

Greater Manchester has selected multiple suppliers to begin development of a next-generation digital platform to help in transforming public health services.

In this connection, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSC Partnership) is working with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to inject £7.5m in new technologies that support improved ways of working and combine data from the various systems across public services.

Using GPUs to keep commuters moving

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UK commuters have never had it easy, as weather disruptions, signal failures and overcrowding all lead to unforeseen delays or cancellations to the UK rail. Yet, the industry continues to boom as more than 1.759 billion journeys took place between 2018 and 2019. 

Despite this significant continued growth, it seems that delays will be an ever-present challenge for the sector. In fact, research from consumer group Which? Unveiled that UK rail passengers lost an estimated 3.9 million hours to delays in 2018. 

Using data analytics it was found that more than 8.1 million journeys within the year and, as well as how many hours commuters were delayed, it found that an additional 660 trains were cancelled altogether – the highest figure for cancellations since comparable records began in 2011. 

Network Computing

Wi-Fi 6 is an impressive standard that will drive the industry for a few years to come. But the changes it means for wireless networks are significant, and AI can be a huge help in navigating the new environment.

After much anticipation, the Wi-Fi Alliance released the Wi-Fi 6 certification standard in September, promising nearly four times the capacity of its predecessor and better wireless user experiences, especially in tough environments such as high-density digital workplaces, universities, airports, and stadiums. And with two of the top smartphone vendors now shipping products with Wi-Fi 6 capabilities, in the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the iPhone 11, the stage is set for early adopters to start migrating their devices and infrastructure.

Let’s take a look at WI-Fi 6’s key technologies – and why artificial intelligence will prove important in helping enterprises adopt and manage them.

Wi-Fi 6 is an impressive standard that will drive the industry for a few years to come. But the changes it means for wireless networks are significant, and AI can be a huge help in navigating the new environment.

Ofcom UK Appoints Temporary CEO to Replace Sharon White


The UK broadband, media and communications regulator, Ofcom, has today announced that their Group Director of Competition, Jonathan Oxley, will be appointed as an “interim” CEO while the longer than expected hunt continues to find a replacement for outgoing boss Sharon White, who leaves at the end of this month.

Sharon formally announced her intention to step down from the challenging role in June. The plan had been to appoint a replacement by “around the turn of the year,” although so far they’ve yet to find a permanent replacement and that hunt is thus on-going.

Meanwhile it’s noted that Jonathan himself did not in fact apply for the role of CEO but, given his existing experience with the regulator, he does seem to be a good interim fit and is quoted as being “delighted” with the Board’s decision.

Nokia lands a deal with Microsoft to collaborate on cloud, IoT, SD-WAN and 5G

Fierce Telecom

The partnerships this week for Microsoft have been fast and furious, including Tuesday’s news that it’s working with Nokia. Nokia is bringing its networking capabilities, which span IoT, SD-WAN and 5G, into Microsoft’s cloud solutions to help drive enterprises’ digital transformations, while enabling service providers to offer new services to their enterprise customers.

Landing the deal with Microsoft was a big win for Nokia. Its competitors include Cisco, Ericsson and Huawei.

Microsoft’s Azure, Azure IoT, Azure AI and machine learning solutions are being blended into Nokia’s LTE and 5G-ready private wireless solutions, IP, SD-WAN, and IoT connectivity offerings.

The two companies said their collaborative effort would drive the adoption of the fourth industry revolution, which is known as Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 uses automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies and processes that include cyber-physical systems, the internet of things (IoT), industrial internet of things (IIOT), cloud computing, cognitive computing and artificial intelligence (AI).

New build premises superfast coverage still behind UK average


The situation for new new build homes has improved but for those new buildings seen in 2019 the 94.5% superfast coverage figure still lags behind the 96% superfast coverage for the UK overall.

The good news though is that the promises of more full fibre in new build developments continues to bear fruit, in July 2019 we were seeing 3 out of 4 new homes with full fibre as standard and this has improved to 4 out of 5 with the addition of new premises. We expect that as each quarter passes that the proportion of full fibre will continue to increase, the real area where extra work and legislation is needed is that 5 to 6% that seem to escape the basic superfast speed.

Is AI over hyped in the telecoms space?

At an industry event today, a panel of experts revealed the level of artificial unintelligence the industry has to offer.

Is AI just a buzz word? Is it a trend that doesn’t live up to its punchy abbreviation? The topic came up during an executive panel with the theme: Assessing AI’s application in the telecommunications industry at Telco AI Summit Europe event in London, and the speakers were very open with their views.

“The AI that relates to the network sorting itself out,” said José Palazón, Director CTO, Chief Data Office at Telefónica. “It’s such a huge space and there’s a lot of work we can do with that but there’s a big dependency on the infrastructure. It doesn’t matter if AI is amazing if, at the end of the day, you don’t have the pieces of technology to interact with. Maybe it’s not entirely overhyped but the results are overhyped in the sense that AI has come a little later than people expected.”

Ofcom Consult on Funding for the 10Mbps UK Broadband USO


Ofcom has today opened a new consultation on the funding (compensation) arrangements for BT and KCOM’s forthcoming Universal Service Obligation (USO), which is due to begin on the 20th March 2020 and aims to ensure that everybody can request a minimum broadband speed of “at least” 10Mbps (1Mbps upload).

The USO – supplied by ISPs BT (UK Wide) and KCOM(Hull only) – is focused on helping those in digitally disadvantaged parts of the UK (mostly rural), where speeds of 10Mbps are not currently available or not planned to be available within the next 12 months (i.e. reflecting future plans from the point of request by a consumer). At present around 578,000 premises (2% of UK) fall into this category and the number is falling.

UK govt sets out priorities for Ofcom to ensure better internet connections

Government Computing

The UK government wants the telecoms regulator Office of Communications (Ofcom) to work on a set of priorities to ensure that citizens get faster and more resilient internet connections.

According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan has conveyed the government’s ambitions for the regulator. Included in them are expecting the regulator to play a part in the nationwide roll-out of gigabit-speed broadband as early as possible and preventing unfair business practices in telecoms.

By setting out the Statement of Strategic Priorities (SSP) for Ofcom, the government has asked the regulator to do more towards encouraging investment from broadband network providers and for supporting new players to the market.