Huawei: UK to make 5G decision ‘by the autumn’


The UK will decide whether Huawei should be excluded from the rollout of its 5G mobile networks by the end of the year, a cabinet minister has said.

Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan told the BBC she hoped the government “could do something by the autumn”.

She stressed that the UK needed to make the “right decision” to help keep its networks secure.

In June, China warned the UK that excluding Huawei from its 5G network “sends a very bad signal”.


Digital Transformation Can Enable Typical Procurement Organisations To Reduce Cost by 45%

Supply Chain Management Review

Through full deployment of digital tools, typical procurement organisations can reduce operational costs by up to 45%, achieving efficiency levels below those of today’s world-class procurement organisations, new research from The Hackett Group, Inc. maintains.

At the same time, say researchers, procurement specialists are “enabled”  to improve effectiveness and customer experience.

World-class procurement organisations, which spend 22% less than their peers, can also reduce costs by an additional 33% with comprehensive digital transformation, according to the research.

This “breakthrough” can free up resources enabling world-class procurement organisations to further digital transformation initiatives, engage in more value-added activity, and/or fuel company growth.

Unlocking the door for customers and suppliers

Public Sector Executive

Simon Tse, chief executive of the Crown Commercial Service, discusses how the biggest public procurement organisation in the UK is changing.

For some time the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the trading fund of the Cabinet Office, rightly focused its attention on best value and ensuring agreements were compliant. But now we’re aiming to be so much more than that. Our customers and suppliers are demanding more, they require our expertise to be applied in other ways. 

We want to maintain our position as leaders in the field of public sector procurement of common goods and services, and so we’re considering their feedback ever more closely and reassessing our agreements so they better match our customers’ needs. We’re not only aiming to alter the way we do procurement, but perhaps also the way others view procurement. 

That’s because procurement is changing – and we want to be the agent of that change. Digitisation, simpler contracts and features beyond price – such as social value – make this a dynamic and exciting time to be operating in the sector and we’re meeting the challenge head on. 


University of Manchester study says smartphones can transform patient care

Government Computing

A study led by scientists from the University of Manchester found that remote monitoring by means of smartphone apps has the potential to transform the medical care of patients having long-term health conditions.

The research, which was carried out on patients with rheumatoid arthritis, is said to offer the strongest evidence till date that smartphone technology can make best use of the time of both doctors and patients once the data is integrated into the NHS. In the research, a total of 20 patients were remotely monitored through a smartphone app.

Published in the journal Rheumatology, the research was funded jointly by Versus Arthritis and the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) Greater Manchester.

The app was designed jointly by patients, clinicians and researchers. It enabled patients to input the symptoms they were facing each day and how it affected their lives. Their respective doctors used the data created by the app while undertaking face to face consultations.

Mitel Might Buy Avaya

Channel Partners

Mitel would finally fulfill its dream of becoming a Tier 1 telecommunications player along with Cisco and Microsoft if it’s able to acquire Avaya.

That’s according to Jon Arnold, principal analyst at J Arnold & Associates, who, along with Raul Castanon, 451 Research’s senior analyst of workforce collaboration, weighed in on the latest reports regarding who could potentially acquire Avaya. Speculation has reached a fever pitch this week.

Bloomberg reports that Avaya is considering a bid by Mitel that would create a telecommunications vendor worth more than $5 billion, including debt. In addition, Reuters is reporting that Avaya is considering an all-cash offer from private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice as an alternative.

Want full fibre? Head to the Hebrides


Grimsay in the Outer Hebrides, a three mile-long rocky outcrop linked to Benbecula by a causeway, has just a hundred households – and the best fibre broadband connections in the UK.

Grimsay and Grand Bernera, a hundred miles to the north, have both been given full fibre broadband, meaning every home in these tiny remote communities can now get fibre piped right to the door.

This makes them unusual – just 7% of UK homes have access to full fibre, which means we lag far behind many of our European neighbours.

Dorset UK Council Propose £5m to Extend Rural FTTP Broadband Cover


The state aid supported Superfast Dorset (SFD) project, which has so far worked with Openreach to extend the reach of FTTC/P “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) to 97%+ of the county (including Poole and Bournemouth), has proposed a £5m extension to its existing Phase 3 contract.

The existing £7.4m Phase 3 contract is enabling Openreach to expand the reach of their Gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP network to an additional 3,800 rural home and businesses in the county, although that work is due to end this summer 2019. BT committed about £3.4m to support the Phase 3 contract, with £3.9m coming from public sources (council etc.).

Councils invited to apply for Local Digital Fund

Public Sector Executive

Councils are now open to apply for the next round of digital funding to improve public services, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced.

Utilising the Local Digital Fund, councils can look to secure funding from today (19 August) for projects which seek to boost the quality and/or frequency of public services offered through innovative uses of digital technology.

The announcement was made by local government minister Luke Hall MP.

Grants of up to £350,000 will be invested into projects from the Fund.

Councils looking to bid for the money will be expected to work together to explore how digital technology can improve public services for residents in new and innovative ways.

Ideas could range from making people’s lives easier with more efficient, online ways to pay for services or get help, to embracing tech to support vulnerable people or making bin collections, social housing repairs and taxi licensing services more efficient.

From 5G to full-fibre broadband, we’ll fix rural Britain’s internet woes


Our rural communities are a thriving hotbed of industry and technology and for them resilient digital connectivity is vital. They must not be forgotten as we continue to improve Britain’s digital infrastructure.

That’s why the PM has made this one of his early priorities – and rightly so. In his first few days as Prime Minister he recognised the need to provide world-class digital infrastructure across the UK so that, together, we can continue to compete and grow in the global economy. This will see every corner of the UK being provided with full-fibre broadband, so that every community has the same opportunities.

We’ve invested £650 million for fibre rollout in the three years to 2021 and are…

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