Healthcare primed to become fastest-growing sector for data readiness

Building Better Healthcare

With healthcare data demand set to outpace streaming services by 2025, a new white paper from IDC, has been launched, revealing that the healthcare industry will grow 13% faster than the other industries, while growth in hypercritical data is expected to grow over 47% on average, more than doubling every other year

  • Research reveals healthcare could be improved immensely by blockchain and AI investment, yet only 60% of healthcare executives have a blockchain implementation plan
  • Over 40% of healthcare respondents surveyed have difficulty hiring employees with the necessary data skill set, and this dynamic is not improving quickly
  • Healthcare is being driven by the shift to value-based care, rise of consumerism, and promise of personalised medicine

Cisco Forecasts Exploding SD-WAN Traffic

Virtualisation & Cloud Review

Cisco has released its big annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) report, which forecasts a huge rise in IP traffic, much of it driven by the exploding software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) market.

SD-WAN growth provides perhaps the most visible sign of the disruptive, game-changing software-defined networking (SDN) movement making inroads into the enterprise.

Globally exporting the NHS

National Health Executive

The NHS must export its services and expertise to protect its lead as the global healthcare market explodes, argues Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE, outgoing chair of NHS England.

We’re at a turning point in history as global healthcare cost and demand rise – due not only to the increase in ageing populations with complex conditions, but also to a huge expansion of the middle classes in countries such as India and China.

For instance, using a fitting medium for 2018, India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley tweeted that his country is witnessing “an expansion of the neo-middle class” following  the announcement of its highest GDP growth figures in two years. 

Tom Loosemore reminds us just how much digital government is flailing in the UK


One of the co-founders of the Government Digital Service, and now partner in Public Digital, Tom Loosemore gave evidence to the Science and Technology Committee on their inquiry into digital government – and it made for interesting viewing.

Today, Tom Loosemore, accompanied by Dafydd Vaughan, both co-founders of the Government Digital Service (GDS), answered questions by MPs on the achievements and failings of the government in adopting internet-era ways of working. During this session, Loosemore reminded us just how little leadership and direction we are currently receiving by those in charge at GDS and from the centre of government.

O2 UK Lays Groundwork for 5G with London Trial of Massive MIMO


Mobile operator O2 UK has today announced that they’ve begun a new pilot with Nokia in parts of London (i.e. Kings Cross and Marble Arch), which will test Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology as a way of helping to improve Mobile Broadband speeds in preparation for future 5G services.

In simple terms Massive MIMO technology uses multiple antennae to send and receive data more efficiently to lots of users. The enhancement forms part of what we expect to see from future deployments of 5G mobile technology, although it can also be made to work with existing 4G networks and this seems to be how O2 are piloting it. In that sense we wouldn’t call it a “5G trial“, as some others have done, but it’s definitely a stepping stone.

Work set to get underway on Jersey 5G network in 2019


Work is set to get underway on installing Jersey’s 5G network next year.

There are plans for it to be up and running by 2021, while widespread coverage is not expected in the UK until 2022 or later.

One of the main benefits delivered by 5G is a much quicker download speed than a top end 4G network, allowing the downloads of 3D video and Ultra HD.

Yorkshire LEPs approve merger plans to secure ‘bigger share of the prize’

Public Sector Executive

Two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in Yorkshire have both approved merger proposals to create a combined Yorkshire LEP responsible for billions of business and infrastructure investment.

The new organisation will be responsible for investment to boost economic growth and social inclusion, covering a region of 4,000 square miles comprising towns, cities, and rural and coastal areas, which represents 8% of England.

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

BT promises an end to WIFI blackspots with launch of new home broadband package

Total Telecom

BT’s Complete WIFI service comes with the industry’s first WIFI strength guarantee – promising compensation for any customers who do not receive a strong signal in every single room of their house

BT has launched a new home broadband service that it says will bring an end to domestic WIFI blackspots. BT will guarantee its customers a strong, reliable WIFI signal in every room of their house, using WIFI discs to power its Complete WIFI service.

Capita seeks new networking chief: Up for it?

The Register

Capita is looking for a new networks chief.

The company has confirmed that Béatrice Butsana-Sita, formerly managing director at its Networking Solutions division, is no longer with the company. Butsana-Sita joined Capita in 2016from BT.

The network team runs vital communications infrastructure for customers including the police and first responders, local authorities, and private sector clients including retailer John Lewis.

The firm remains the biggest supplier of IT outsourcing services to UK businesses and the public sector, though the direction of travel has given top brass food for thought.

Capita sources told The Register that a brutal programme of cuts had left staff struggling to maintain SLAs.