UK telcos have offered near £1 billion worth of Covid support

UK telcos have offered near £1 billion worth of Covid support

UK mobile and broadband operators have provided £940 million worth of support to consumers and businesses affected by Covid-19 since the pandemic began last year, according to a new study by Assembly Research.

Social distancing and lockdown restrictions mean that many people are using their home and mobile connections for work, education, entertainment and communication with friends and family that they are physically prevented from seeing.

The economic impact of coronavirus has created or exacerbated financial challenges for many people, and any household that struggles to afford connectivity could suffer.

CCS launches the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5 (DOS 5) framework

CCS launches the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5 (DOS 5) framework

3,340 suppliers have been awarded places on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5 (DOS 5) framework

The Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5 (DOS 5) framework is designed to help the public sector buy, design, build and deliver bespoke digital solutions and services.

94% of the 3,340 suppliers on the new agreement are SMEs, supporting the government’s aspiration to create equal opportunities for suppliers of all sizes.

Since 2016, the public sector has spent more than £2.5 billion through Crown Commercial Service’s DOS agreements and more than £800 million has gone directly to SMEs.

Masergy says two thirds of workers don’t want to return to office

Masergy says two thirds of workers don’t want to return to office

About two-thirds of knowledge workers are happier working from home than they were pre-Covid when they had to commute to their jobs, said Masergy’s VP of Innovation Ray Watson, speaking today at a FierceTelecom virtual event.
Watson said the two-thirds figure comes from Masergy’s own internal surveys of customers and is supported by some surveys from third parties such as Korn Ferry.

Watson said that initially workers wanted to work from home because of concerns about their health and safety. But now that they’ve gotten used to it over the last several months, as many as two-thirds do not want to physically go back to the office. “Now, it has a lot to do with that lost productivity around commuting,” he said. “Also, they’ve learned new work habits based on remote collaboration on Slack, or with Teams, using Zoom or Webex.”

Covid update Scotland: Leaked video warns civil servants not to book foreign holidays

Covid update Scotland: Leaked video warns civil servants not to book foreign holidays

JASON Leitch has warned civil servants not to book a foreign holiday until 2022, a leaked internal video has revealed.

In the video, which was leaked to The Scotsman, the Scottish Government clinical adviser answers questions from civil servants on various topics relating to Covid-19 vaccines and restrictions. He said Scotland would come out of lockdown “very very slowly”.

The video was published on Monday on the Scottish Government’s internal intranet.

Asked whether people should be booking summer holidays, Professor Leitch said he would advise against it and that freedom of movement restrictions could mean no foreign summer holidays until 2022.

Digital hoarders: we’ve identified four types – which are you?

Digital hoarders: we’ve identified four types – which are you?

How many emails are in your inbox? If the answer is thousands, or if you often struggle to find a file on your computer among its cluttered hard drive, then you might be classed as a digital hoarder.

In the physical world, hoarding disorder has been recognised as a distinct psychiatric condition among people who accumulate excessive amounts of objects to the point that it prevents them living a normal life. Now, research has begun to recognise that hoarding can be a problem in the digital world, too.

Is Westminster the most connected London Borough?

Is Westminster the most connected London Borough?

Westminster Council has a commitment to deliver full fibre broadband to all council properties in the borough by the end of 2021. Which sounds good, but will leave numerous non council owned homes and business buildings potentiallyt missing out.
The headline of most connected borough is based on the latest Ofcom Connected Nations data which is saying the City of Westminster is at 56.1% FTTP coverage. Our own data has the borough at 53.52% and it is likely that a lot of the difference is down to us not recorded leased lines in our data, so lots of business buildings will show as FTTP in the Ofcom data but not in our data.

While no one will fight against the notion that full fibre coverage is a good metric to aim for universal or near universal availability, at this point in time the availability of other slower broadband types is of paramount importance, i.e. what a small business or resident can order today.