Crown Commercial Service issue Draft Terms for Network Services 2 (RM3808)


As Network Services 3 (RM3808), the replacement framework for Network Services (RM1045), nears release, Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have released the draft Terms and Conditions for the Framework. In addition, they have also responded to the concerns that Innopsis raised against the Standard Government Terms.

The End Is Near for Mobile Apps


How we went from “there’s an app for that” to “meh, do we really need one?”

In the next three to seven years, I expect most mobile apps to disappear. With them, we’ll witness the loss of billions in venture capital that we’ve poured into the mobile startup sector. It will all be burned to ashes, with nothing left but stray lines of code.

British fixed broadband is cheap … and, er, fairly nasty – global survey

The Register

Though you get what you pay for, mostly

Brit consumers get a broadband bargain, but pay for it with poorer performance than other European countries.

The UK ranks fifth best for price out of 29 European countries surveyed for price comparison site Cable – but it lags behind Romania, Portugal and Bulgaria for average download speed.

Cable found the UK has fallen from 31st to 35th globally, and 26th of 29 European nations. The UK has what Cable calls a “healthy open marketplace” with “superfast” (>24Mbps according to the government, >30Mbps according to Ofcom) available to 96 per cent of homes. So do you get what you pay for? Generally, yes, but not always. The US remains an outlier. Although it rose from 21st to 20th in the download speed ranking, it is 120th (out of 200) for price.

Government Looks To Increase Tax Revenue from Contractors

Spend Matters

In the UK government budget last week, there were announcements about the tax treatment of contingent workers, announcements that appear to add to confusion rather than clarifying an already complex situation around the legendary “IR35” legislation.

The government wants to remedy the situation whereby people are in effect working directly for an employer, but this employment is “disguised” as self-employment so that both parties (worker and employer) pay less in terms of taxes like National Insurance.

Public Technology

Department is looking for a range of external suppliers to support work on its Technology Platforms for Tomorrow rollout

The Home Office is seeking external support services for a range of projects featured in its Technology Platforms for Tomorrow (TPT) programme to revamp its IT estate.

The department has published four contract notices on the Digital Marketplace covering support services across a number of different areas and individual projects..


The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership’s chief digital officer talks PublicTechnology through the organisation’s work to drive standardisation and consistency across the NHS and local government

“Whether we like it or not, cloud is coming,” says Stephen Dobson, interim chief digital officer at Greater Manchester Health and Social Care (GMHSC) Partnership.

The “we” in this case covers 10 local councils, 10 clinical commission groups, and 13 foundation and community trusts, as well as representation from NHS Improvement, NHS England, the emergency services, the mayor’s office, and various representatives of the third and voluntary sectors.

Public Technology

After two years of cooperation, London boroughs will return to individual IT and digital services arrangements after concluding they have ‘diverging priorities

The agreement will officially come to an end on 31 December, and the three councils have until New Year’s Day to each get their own individual service up and running. 

Belfast plans for network of tech testbeds


Authorities around Belfast are planning to set up a network of technology testbeds following the award of a £350 million, 10-year investment deal to the region.

The plan is part of the Belfast City Region Deal, which was confirmed by Chancellor Philip Hammond as part of his Autumn Budget, with the expectation that the Northern Ireland Executive will add £350 million and local councils more than £100 million.

‘Twisted’ fibre optic light breakthrough could make internet 100 times faster

The Guardian

Researchers say they have developed tiny readers that can detect information in light spirals

A new development in fibre optics could make internet speeds up to 100 times faster – by detecting light that has been twisted into a spiral.

The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, can be used to easily upgrade existing networks and significantly boost efficiency, scientists say.