This is the latest instalment of an exclusive series analysing the UK’s biggest public sector tech deals. Every Monday, in partnership with data analysis firm Tussell, we drill down into the most valuable tenders and awards from the last seven days. Here’s what we found this week…
Top five tenders
The Financial Conduct Authority has issued the biggest tender of the week: a framework valued at up to £150m for cloud-computing and technology resourcing. Prospective suppliers have been invited to apply to be listed on the framework, which will remain open for four years, by 18 February.
BT’s enterprise arm facing top-line pressures but cost cuts offer support, says Barclays
Barclays expects BT’s revenues to fall 1.5% and earnings to drop 5.6% in the third quarter
BT Group PLC’s newly formed enterprise division is facing top-line pressures that are unlikely to abate any time soon, Barclays said ahead of the telecom firm’s third-quarter results next week.
The company has merged its business and public sector divisions with the wholesale and ventures arm to create BT Enterprise to streamline its operations.
SCOTS are getting a raw deal over broadband speeds – with six of the 17 UK local authority areas that are currently failing to get the ‘bare minimum’ 10mb per second being in Scotland, according to a new study.
Which? said their study shows “the urgency of improving broadband services across many parts of Scotland” – and the need to increase awareness of faster speeds, where they are available.
Orkney had the slowest typical broadband speeds in the UK with just 3mbps.
The other five Scottish areas which included in the worst 15 areas of the UK for speeds were Shetland (6.7mbps), Argyll and Bute (7mbps), Moray (7.1mbps), Highland (7.7mbps) and the Scottish Borders (9.3mbps).
Businesses across the globe are working on their game plans for long-term Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. IT teams are now faced with managing a network that extends well beyond the traditional boundaries of fixed locations.
Using wireless as a primary wide area network (WAN) link, will be crucial in supporting this shift, and will help organisations accelerate and secure IoT deployment in the long run.
Fibre optic network developer and Innopsis member, Cityfibre has announced that their £30m project to deploy a new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband ISP network in the large UK market town of Huddersfield (West Yorkshire), which will be sold to residents via Vodafone’s ISP packages, has now begun.
At present the town already has an existing 52km long Dark Fibre style network, which was originally launched in 2014 to serve local council (public sector) sites and now reaches over 200 customers across the public and private sector. However under the new deployment this will be extended so that “almost every home and business locally” can expect to be covered, although a solid “premises passed” figure has yet to be disclosed.
There won’t be any security or software updates after December 10th.
Microsoft is winding down support for Windows 10 Mobile. The company will stop releasing security and software updates on December 10th, and it will end technical support for the devices on that date.
You’ll be able to create device backups for settings and some apps until March 10th, 2020. Some services, including photo uploads and restoring from backups, may still work for up to a year after Microsoft formally ends support in December.
The following points highlight what to expect regarding cybersecurity in public sector technology in the coming year.
As part of his plan to improve the U.K.’s defences, including cybersecurity, last year Phillip Hammond pledged an additional £1bn to the cause during his most recent Budget announcement. Given previous cyberattacks, such as WannaCry on the NHS, this investment is well needed. But what will this money be spent on in 2019, and will we see tangible results emerge? The following points highlight what to expect regarding cybersecurity in public sector technology in the coming year.
- Skills are the solution
- Technology platforms are consolidated
- Press pause on projects
- Purchasing of security tools is centralised by the NHS
- A mobile working environment driven by Brexit
- Threat from nation states intensifies
IBM and Vodafone team up for digital transformation venture around AI, 5G and edge
IBM and Vodafone Business have entered into a strategic commercial agreement to offer their European and other global clients with the open and flexible technologies required to integrate multiple clouds and prepare for the next wave of digital transformation brought by AI, 5G, Edge and Software Defined Networking (SDN).
The interconnectivity of clouds and vulnerability of data are the two most burning global issues today as more than 70% of organisations are using up to 15 cloud environments as they are putting their best efforts to access powerful new digital solutions and services. The newly formed venture between IBM and Vodafone will help such companies by eliminating complexity and barriers from their technology choices, ensuring a free flow of data and applications in a secured manner.
The latest iGov Survey examines different procurement approaches across the public sector.
The study focused in particular on:
- The challenges faced by organisations due to external factors such as Brexit and GDPR
- The impact of the cyber security challenge
- Perceived barriers to successful procurement
- How organisations engage with suppliers
- eSourcing and how this is used across the public sector
- Training opportunities and requirements across procurement
- 40% of organisations view early supplier engagement as the highest priority in a procurement exercise
- The need to deliver social value is an area 85% of respondents view as having the biggest impact on procurement strategies
- With regards to cyber security, over half of organisations (63%) have a designated cyber security lead
- Three-fifths of participants said that early supplier engagement is important
- Limited skills and expertise are viewed as the second biggest barrier to successful procurement