Government Networks Services 2 framework goes live

GovTech Leaders

Network Services 2 worth £5bn designed to drive further technological change across the public sector

Network Services 2 – the framework for central government and wider public sector bodies which need access to various telecommunications services including internet, wifi, voice, mobile, and cloud access – has gone live.

Customers using the previous Network Services agreement (expiring in July) achieved substantial savings. Similar savings are also expected under the new agreement.

Public Technology

Study from IfG finds that outsourcing accounts for a third of all Whitehall spending

One third of all government spending is with outsourcing companies, with four departments spending more than half of all their revenue with outside firms, an Institute for Government report has found.

O2 seeks millions in damages from Ericsson following outage

Telecom Tech News

Telefónica-owned carrier O2 will seek damages from Ericsson over a software problem which caused telecoms outages in 11 countries.

Affected operators have taken on the complaints and reputation damage from customers. O2 is reportedly seeking ‘millions’ in compensation from Ericsson.

Openreach to Start UK ISP Trial of Self Install G.fast Broadband

ISPreview

As predicted Openreach (BT) has today announced the forthcoming launch of a new Proof of Concept (PoC) trial, which will make it possible for ISPs to offer customers a “self install” (i.e. no engineer required) variant of their new 330Mbps capable G.fast (hybrid fibre) based ultrafast broadband service.

The G.fast technology works in a similar way to the VDSL2 based Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) service. Essentially a fibre optic cable is run to your local PCP Street Cabinet, which is then fitted with an extension “pod” (on the side) to house the new line cards and kit. After that the G.fast service reaches your home via the existing copper line (works best on shorter lines under c.200-300 metres).

2019 predictions: the year of SD-WAN

IT ProPortal

Throughout 2019, SD-WAN is set to further change the business landscape, unlocking the cloud’s potential and empowering businesses.

In 2018, despite experts estimating that up to 70 per cent of applications have moved to the cloud, the transformational promise of the cloud has fallen short of the hype and expectations. In a recent survey of IT decision makers, 85 per cent still say they are still years away from fully realising the benefits of the cloud, citing monthly cloud application disruptions and networks that can’t keep pace with demands.

Vodafone Improves UK 4G and 5G Mobile Coverage via Manholes

ISPreview

Most of the time when a mobile operator wants to improve their network coverage then they install new base stations or small cells in high locations, such as on top of a building, mast or street light. Now Vodafone has decided to go in the opposite direction by installing small antennas “below street level.”

In this setup the operator intends to install a new range of fibre optic connected small 4G antennas (these will later be upgraded to support 5G from c.2020) underneath manhole covers. So far they’ve already installed two types of mobile-enabled manhole covers at their Newbury office and technology centre

The week in govtech: the biggest tenders and awards (10/12)

New Statesman

This is the latest instalment of an exclusive series analysing the UK’s biggest public sector tech deals.

In partnership with data analysis firm Tussell, we drill down into the top five most valuable tenders and awards from the previous week, and take stock of which tech firms have won the biggest share of the public sector pie.