O2 launches 5G in the UK, with no premium to customers

Total Telecom

The launch will scale up to reach 20 UK town and cities in the UK by the end of 2019

O2 has switched on its 5G mobile network in the UK, becoming the third mobile network operator to launch next generation mobile services in the UK.

O2 kicked off its 5G offering in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds today, with a promise to scale up its next generation network reach to 20 towns and cities in the UK by the end of the year.

“Today is a significant moment for our customers and our business as we switch on the O2 5G network. We’re launching with a range of tariffs that make it easy and fair for customers to access 5G, with flexible plans that cost no more than 4G. We’re also switching on 5G in important parts of towns and cities first, places where it will benefit customers and businesses most,” said Mark Evans, CEO, Telefónica UK.

CenturyLink grows on-demand network connectivity to Google Cloud Platform

Fierce Telecom

With organisations moving more of their workloads and applications to the cloud, CenturyLink has expanded its on-demand network connectivity to Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

CenturyLink is now able to connect business premises, Public Sector organisations and public data centres with its Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections service to GCP.

With previous partnerships in place with Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Oracle, CenturyLink is covering the cloud bases to offer services across its fibre network and edge locations to the various clouds.

An alternative Queen’s Speech: four bills to unlock the potential of UK tech


For the past three years, parliamentary and public debate has been dominated by a single issue: Brexit.

With a new prime minister and a new Queen’s speech, this is an opportunity to look to past Brexit and to set out a new vision for the economy.

Support for the technology sector, and the development and deployment of technology across the economy, needs to be at the heart of this vision. Technology is one of the fastest growing sectors and holds a unique place in boosting the productivity of businesses, large and small, with research showing that businesses who adopt technology grow two and half times faster than their rivals.

If the government truly wants to “turbocharge” the economy and unlock the potential of tech for society, the bills outlined below are key.


MEF and ONUG collaborate to drive standards for hybrid cloud SD-WAN services

Fierce Telecom

MEF and ONUG are combining their collective SD-WAN expertise for the further development of SD-WAN service delivery models and standards.

The expected outcome will lead to the creation of ONUG reference solutions for SD-WAN underlay and overlay scenarios that will serve as blueprints for accelerating SD-WAN adoption by service providers and enterprises.

Working with its vendor partners, MEF has approached managed SD-WAN from the service provider side, while ONUG has worked with some of those same SD-WAN vendors, such as Cisco/Viptela, Versa Networks and VMware/VeloCloud, on the enterprise side.

“Together we’re driving the industry to a large-scale adoption with the projection that SD-WAN will be this technology that will disrupt all wide area networking,” said MEF CTO Pascal Menezes. “What we’ve done really well together is we’ve taken two of our bigger assets, ONUG’s large enterprise assets, and MEF’s service provider assets, together. By putting those assets together we’re giving the industry, in a very positive manner, great use cases and great standards.”

Allocation details of £14 billion funding for schools announced

Public Sector Executive

A new set of figures have been announced to outline how schools are to benefit from Government’s £14bn education investment.

UK schools will receive details of how they are going to benefit after it is announced that every school across the country will get more money for every child.

Every secondary school is able to receive at least £5,000 per pupil next year and £4,000 for each primary school student from 2021-22.

Extra funding will go to schools that are most desperate and could stand to benefit the most from the money.

IOC survey says lack of diversity turning away youth from UK digital sector

Government Computing

The Institute of Coding (IoC) has found that youngsters in the UK are not opting for digital careers owing to a lack of diversity, with 56% of respondents in a survey believing that the country’s digital sector has to be more diverse and inclusive.

The survey was done via a nationwide poll of 1,000 young people in the age group of 16-18 years.

Most of the youth, who were surveyed, at 71%, are of the opinion that the digital industry comprises people who identify themselves solely as heterosexual.

A majority of them, at 83%, believe that the UK digital sector is dominated by men, while 85% are of the opinion that most of the people employed in the digital sector are not disabled.

The survey found that 70% think that the UK digital industry is entirely run by those that are of white, British ethnicity. More than a third, at 34%, believe that women do not have equal opportunities in the UK digital sector.

Government dodges ‘full fibre for all by 2025’ pledge


The UK government has opted not to pursue a target of delivering full-fibre broadband to all households by 2025.

Prime Minster Boris Johnson proposed the target while campaigning to become Tory party leader – but the pledge was criticised by industry insiders.

Instead, ministers are now seeking to roll out “gigabit-capable” speeds and have not given a specific end date.

The briefing details were provided following the Queen’s Speech.

The speech referenced a planned Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill that aims to “accelerate the delivery of fast, reliable and secure broadband networks to millions of homes”.

Since the prime minister lacks a majority of MPs in the House of Commons, the bill is unlikely to be passed into law by this Parliament. But it signals what is likely to become a Conservative Party manifesto commitment for the next general election.

A fully full fibre’d UK would boost economy by £60 billion

Think Broadband

Finding close to £1,700 under the cushions on your sofa over the course of a year is obviously very different to a £1,700 per worker productivity boost for the UK economy from a full fibre’d United Kingdom but it does help illustrate the scale of the benefits.

Openreach has commissioned a report looking into the impact of full fibre on the economy and what we all do, with the report delivered by the Centre for Economics & Business Research. The headline grabbers that you will see all over the place today are:

  • £60 billion boost to the economy with a 100% full fibre UK if done by 2025
  • Average £1,700 productivity boost per worker
  • At least 400,000 more people who could work from home
  • 270,000 people who could move out of cities, stimulating rural economies
  • 300 million communiting trips could be saved, equating to 3 billion kilometres of car journeys

UK to bring new law to help tenants get gigabit-speed broadband

Government Computing

The UK is set to implement a new law to tackle non-cooperative landlords and help millions of tenants to benefit from gigabit-speed broadband.

According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), the new law will ensure that an additional 3,000 residential buildings will be connected to gigabit speeds every year. The law is in line with the Prime Minister’s objective to deliver fast broadband coverage across the country as early as possible.

The DCMS said that once the law is implemented, nine million people staying in blocks of flats are ensured of not being left behind in the government’s nationwide upgrade to gigabit-speed broadband.

Currently, for the installation of gigabit-speed broadband in an estimated 480,000 blocks of flats or apartments in the UK, broadband providers need to get permission from the building’s owner to enter the property and carry out the necessary works.

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