UK government lost thousands of devices last year

UK government lost thousands of devices last year

Major security risks caused by forgetful staff.

Thousands of devices belonging to UK government staff have been lost or misplaced over the last year, new figures have revealed.

Between June 2018 and June 2019, more than two thousand items, including smartphones, laptops and external storage devices, were stolen or lost by government workers across the UK, according to a freedom of information (FoI) request by Viasat.

This was equivalent to 39 devices being lost or stolen per working week – or eight per working day, during a period where the UK government was attempting to work through the challenges of delivering Brexit.

Mobile Access North Yorkshire project to bring 4G to rural areas

Mobile Access North Yorkshire project to bring 4G to rural areas

North Yorkshire is set to trial the £6m Mobile Access North Yorkshire project (MANY project), which is one of the seven projects to have prevailed in the UK government’s £30m Rural Connected Communities (RCC) competition.

Led by wireless internet service provider Quickline Communications, the project will tap into innovative technology to deliver mobile connectivity to certain areas of North Yorkshire which do not have 4G mobile coverage.

Nottinghamshire to pilot 5G Connected Forest project at Sherwood Forest

Nottinghamshire to pilot 5G Connected Forest project at Sherwood Forest

Nottinghamshire County Council is set to move ahead with the £10m 5G Connected Forest project to provide a 3D experience to visitors at the Sherwood Forest Country Park.

According to the council, visitors will get to experience the new technology in action as early as next month, during the first year of the 25-month test bed and trial programme at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

Apart from the Sherwood Forest Park, the 3D experience can also be enjoyed at the nearby Rufford Abbey Country Park, managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Parkwood Outdoors on behalf of the Nottinghamshire County Council.

Ofcom UK Tests 5G Mobile Emissions and Finds No Concerns

Ofcom UK Tests 5G Mobile Emissions and Finds No Concerns

As part of its job the UK telecoms and media regulator conducts a spectrum measurement programme, which has been measuring the electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions from equipment used to transmit mobile signals and other wireless services for a number of years. Previously this focused upon existing mobile services (2G, 3G and 4G) but the work has now been extended to 5G and related frequencies.