Let’s speed up the transformation of NHS services

National Health Executive

The NHS is arguably the UK’s greatest asset, but it’s facing major challenges.

Patients are constantly demanding more of the service. People are living longer, and a 65-year-old costs over twice as much as the average 30-year-old. And by 2044, a larger chunk of the population will be over 65 – 16.5 million people, three million more than today.

CityFibre to invest 2.5 billion pounds in full-fibre for UK homes


Innopsis member, CityFibre, a British broadband operator backed by Goldman Sachs, said it would spend 2.5 billion pounds ($3.25 billion) on rolling out fibre networks in 37 towns and cities, offering ultra-fast connections to as many as 5 million homes.

The company, which was bought by Goldman Sachs West Street Infrastructure Partners and private equity firm Antin for $750 million earlier this year, is taking on national provider BT, which has faced criticism for the extent of its own full-fibre ambitions.

CityFibre said its networks, which offer gigabit speeds, would help deliver one third of the government’s 2025 target of 15 million homes.

Essex trust awards £5.7m HSCN connectivity contract to Capita

Digital Health

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) has signed a £5.7 million contract with Capita to deliver wide-area connectivity across 400 NHS sites.

The five-year contract will see professional services firm Capita move EPUT from the legacy N3 Network to the new, multi-vendor Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), with implementation to start before Christmas.

What does 5G mean for converged operators?


In the third of a series of articles in advance of this year’s Broadband World Forum, Niall Hunt, the digital content lead for the event, explores how preparations for 5G are progressing and assesses the impact of 5G on converged operators.

Although it may feel like 5G has been around for years, the official approval of standalone specifications by international telecoms standards organisation 3GPP earlier this year means it’s really only just getting started

UK steps back from Verify ID system

Government Computing

The UK has announced the end of public funding for its digital identity programme, Verify.

Last week, the government signed five 18-month contracts with its certified private sector identity partners, tapering off the amount of public money they receive. Oliver Dowden, parliamentary secretary at the Cabinet Office, told MPs that this will be the last investment that the government will provide directly to support the programme.

Mike Thomas, managing director at Innopsis – a trade association for private sector firms supplying services to the public sector – questioned whether the private sector would have enough incentives to continue with the initiative once public cash dries up

Alibaba launches first UK data centres

DSL Search & Selection

Two London sites are now operational as Alibaba aims for global cloud dominance.

The Chinese giant has opened two sites in London, saying it based its decision on ‘rapidly growing customer demand’.  “The United Kingdom is one of the fastest-growing European markets for Alibaba Cloud,” the company’s spokesperson said.

Samsung and NEC join forces on 5G

IT Pro

The companies have said they will combine expertise to stave off market competition

Samsung and NEC have joined forces to provide 5G services to the masses. The two firms have actually tied up on a number of initiatives, but 5G is the one both companies want to talk about right now, it would seem.

“5G will unlock the potentials, create new values and push the limits of today’s technology,” said Youngky Kim, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “We are excited to announce our joint efforts with NEC to boost 5G end-to-end solution portfolio for the best user experience.”

Both companies have made it clear they want to make sure any work they do in the 5G space focuses on standardisation of the technology to prevent any fragmentation in the 5G industry. By making sure that any joint solutions are in-line with the rest on the industry, it will enable business transformation to flourish.

Vodafone claims UK 5G first

Computer weekly

Mobile network operator Vodafone claims the activation of a trial site in Manchester marks the first time mobile data traffic has been streamed to and from the internet exclusively over 5G technology

Vodafone has switched on its first full 5G mobile network trial site in the UK at Salford in Greater Manchester, claiming this marks the first time 5G traffic has been carried over a live, customer-facing commercial network in the UK

Up to now, the operator claimed, tests have taken place either within a single location, or used elements of the existing 4G network infrastructure to complete the service.

Why Decentralisation Matters


The first two eras of the internet

During the first era of the internet — from the 1980s through the early 2000s — internet services were built on open protocols that were controlled by the internet community. This meant that people or organizations could grow their internet presence knowing the rules of the game wouldn’t change later on. Huge web properties were started during this era including Yahoo, Google, Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. In the process, the importance of centralised platforms like AOL greatly diminished.