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  • Tape Storage Could Soon Crush Hard Drives With 400TB Capacities
    If you’ve got a mountain of digital data to store but don’t necessarily need to access it every day, tape cartridges are the way to go. Twelve terabytes of storage will set you back about $100 these days, but in the coming years, Fujifilm believes it can push the technology to 400TB capacities in a […]
  • Tech’s biggest CEOs agree to appear at House antitrust hearing
    The CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook will testify in July, according to Kara Swisher. Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai have all reportedly agreed to testify at a House antitrust hearing in late July. According to Kara Swisher (The New York Times, Recode), Rep. David Cicilline […]
  • European police hacked encrypted phones used by thousands of criminals
    It led to one of the largest law enforcement busts ever. In one of the largest law enforcement busts ever, European police and crime agencies hacked an encrypted communications platform used by thousands of criminals and drug traffickers. By infiltrating the platform, Encrochat, police across Europe gained access to a hundred million encrypted messages. In […]
  • Virgin Media Gig1 service now available in Liverpool and Edinburgh
    Virgin Media has announced earlier on 2nd July 2020 that it has switched on its Gig1 (1108 Mbps downloads and 52 Mbps upload) in Liverpool and Edinburgh. Whether people are working from home, learning or gaming online, video calling friends and family or binging on a box set in 4K, with Gig1’s hyperfast speeds, more […]
  • Launching the Digital, Data and Technology Functional Standard
    The functions represent priority areas of common, cross-departmental activity which require central leadership. These include areas such as human resources, debt, analysis, project management, legal, and for us, digital. These are standards to guide people working in government. The government is trialling them during 2020. They exist to create a coherent and mutually understood way […]
  • COVID-19 – Biz Investment in UK Telecoms Remains Steady
    A recent analysis of the latest data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), which was conducted by tax relief consultancy Catax, has revealed that business investment in the UK telecoms sector has held mostly steady, falling by only 0.6% in a year, as the Coronavirus crisis hit.
  • Vodafone UK expects 5G to give £150bn boost to UK economy
    The British economy could get a boost of £158bn over the next 10 years by upgrading the country’s mobile infrastructure to 5G, claims a new report authored by WPI Economics and commissioned by Vodafone UK.
  • CMA, ICO and Ofcom Launch Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum
    The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today joined forces with both the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in order to launch a new forum, which aims to help “ensure online services work well for people and businesses in the UK.”
  • Data centres stand resolute amid Covid-19 turmoil
    US data centre giants Equinix and Digital Realty have seen their combined market value rise to more than $100bn since January. Data centre development underlies almost every tech investment trend of the future: cloud adoption, machine learning, the internet of things (IoT) and robotics all generate exponential volumes of data that drives the need for data centre capacity. Global data centre traffic more than quadrupled between 2015 and 2020, according to the International Energy Agency. This juggernaut of demand for data storage and computing systems may mean the sector becomes one of the few to emerge unscathed post-Covid-19 as more economic activity shifts online.
  • Digital transformation: Working with Government procurement frameworks
    Hannah Paterson, Principal Consultant at Step5, shares her views on working with, not against, UK Government frameworks to better support digital transformation
  • The Role of IT in Rearchitecting for a WFH Future
    Using AIOps, IT will play an important role in maintaining the network infrastructure, data security, and user experience in the new home microbranch.
  • Broadband ISPs Respond to Boris Johnson’s Call to Build, Build, Build
    The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has today pledged to accelerate new infrastructure projects by establishing something called Project Speed to “scythe through red tape and get things done,” although unfortunately the announcement was rather short on specifics (or anything truly new) for broadband and mobile.
  • HS2 Fast-Tracking ICT Procurements
    High Speed 2 represents a major new opportunity for ICT suppliers in the public sector transportation space. GlobalData Public Sector Principal Analyst Tony Cripps takes us on a high-speed ride around HS2’s ICT spending.
  • GDS updates guidance on authentication
    The Government Digital Service (GDS) has rewritten its guidance on authentication for online services. It has updated the GPG 44 document for the first time since 2014, taking account of the development two-factor authentication and refreshing parts that were regarded as outdated.
  • UKCloud signs MoU with the Crown Commercial Service
    The MoU sets out preferential commercial terms for UKCloud to offer its services to the public sector, either directly or indirectly through its partner community.
  • Contact tracing: moving from reactive to proactive
    Easing the lockdown, while avoiding a second wave, is one of the great challenges of our time. To slow the spread of the virus, we’ve put our lives on hold, with health services and supply chains pushed to breaking point. With new cases expected until at least 2024, a rapid, joined-up approach to controlling the virus and preventing another pandemic is crucial.
  • 5G rollout could give UK multi-billion pound pandemic recovery
    The Government has been urged to fast-track the deployment of 5G networks in order to help the UK recover from the coronavirus-related economic slump. New research from Vodafone says that upgrading to 5G networks could benefit the British economy by as much as £158bn over the next decade thanks to boosts in productivity and connectivity.
  • Small businesses hit hard by pandemic
    The extent of the challenge faced by the UK’s small business owners, in recovering from the pandemic, has been revealed by research published by Amaiz, the business banking app, today. During their research (carried out for them by 3Gem) 10% of small businesses reported that they had lost all of their business as a direct result of the lockdown and a third said they believed that the pandemic had been ‘very damaging’. However, most small businesses are optimistic about the future with 59% believing it will take less than 6 months to return to the previous levels of turnover.
  • Privacy Isn’t a Right You Can Click Away
    Facebook’s data privacy policy is more than 4,000 words. It contains dozens of links to hundreds of pages of complex terms and agreements. Even if you had the time to read it, you’d need a law degree and a data science background to understand which rights you’re signing away and what frightening experiments Facebook is cooking up with your private life as raw material.
  • Building a positive digital legacy from Covid-19
    Covid-19 is an unprecedented event that has placed local government under extreme pressure. It has suddenly had to increase its service delivery while dramatically reorganising its workforce – with any changes in supporting technology – to ensure that people can work successfully from home
  • Huawei gets the green light for £1 billion Cambridge R&D centre
    Cambridge City Council has officially given Huawei permission to construct a 50,000 sq. meter R&D centre to focus on optoelectronics, serving as the international HQ for the segment. While Cambridge has long been associated with academic excellence thanks to the university, the region is increasingly gaining a reputation as a hub for the telecoms and technology industry. As well as Huawei, Microsoft and Amazon are also expanding their footprint in the area, sitting alongside the likes of ARM and DeepMind who have called Cambridge home for years. Huawei will invest £1 billion in the first phase of the project, the construction of the facilities, with the plan to employ 400 people at the site in the future. The centre will eventually be named the international HQ for Huawei’s optoelectronics business, a technology used in fibre optic communication systems for data centres and fixed networks.
  • The 2020 to 2021 GOV.UK roadmap
    An exciting future and an admission I will start with an admission: GOV.UK has not published a roadmap since 2017. This has not been deliberate and has been largely due to our focus on urgent work (Brexit and more recently coronavirus work) which was, by its nature, reactive to critical changes in circumstances. We have been agile, starting and pausing work to make sure that we’re delivering the most value to users and government. The current work has, as a consequence, been focussed on rapid delivery. While this work continues at pace, so does our commitment to delivering the transformation required to meet our users’ expectations, and doing this in the way that GOV.UK always has: transparently and with users at the heart.
  • The Government SME Agenda: will £1 in £3 be the new normal in a post-COVID world?
    Robert Stoneman, Principal Analyst at GlobalData, demonstrates that the claim government is spending more than ever with SMEs may not be all it is cracked up to be. “The amount of money the government spent with small businesses in 2018-19 was highest since government records began in 2013.” This was the claim made in January on the release of the Cabinet Office’s latest figures for how much Government spends with small businesses (SMEs). Looking at the figures, over £14bn was spent with SMEs in 2018-19, a quarter of the £55bn total recorded procurement spend. Though this remains short of the goal of spending £1 in every £3 with SMEs by 2022, it still represents an extra £1.8bn compared to the previous year. For SMEs, this must keep improving. After all, it is they that have largely borne the brunt of the economic difficulties arising from the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
  • NCSC reports milestone for newly launched suspicious email reporting service
    The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) claimed that its suspicious email reporting service (SERS) has achieved the milestone of receiving more than one million reports in just two months of its launch. The agency said that fake cryptocurrency investment lures accounted for more than half of all online scams that were detected after being reported by the public through the use of the new service. Over half of the 10,000 online links to scams were either blocked or taken down by the NCSC with the help of the public. These are said to relate to cryptocurrency schemes, where investors are usually promised high returns in exchange for buying Bitcoin and other currency.
  • IP Telephony Guide – OUT NOW
    Comms Business is delighted to announce that the IP Telephony Guide is now available to readers. In this specialist supplement Comms Business offers readers an insight into the current IP Telephony landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic and where the opportunities sit for partners to help businesses maintain flexible working practises.
  • O2 UK Finally Refunds Mobile Customers.. AFTER 15 YEARS
    Mobile operator O2 (Telefonica UK) has refunded a number of their customers for over-charging following a double “billing issue“, which wouldn’t be nearly so interesting if it wasn’t for the fact that the problem itself occurred over 10 years ago (i.e. some refunds are from as far back as 15 years). Better late than never? That’s a stretch
  • Ofcom Consults on Openreach UK Copper Retirement Process
    The UK telecoms regulator has today opened a short consultation on their proposal to push back some key decisions regarding the retirement process for Openreach’s (BT) copper lines in favour of fibre optic broadband. In short, Ofcom wants to see a bit more FTTP roll-out take place first (for experience), before they set out a final plan.
  • Why Slack’s CEO Doesn’t Want to ‘Kill Email’
    Workplace chat apps have existed for years, but few have “disrupted” office culture more than Slack. It’s converted back-and-forth threads into chirpy instant messages. It’s replaced water cooler conversation with silent DMs. It’s reorganized discussions around specific topics, added more transparency to those discussions, and made workplace communique a lot less formal (see: Slackmoji). In some cases, especially during the months-long work-from-home experiment of 2020, it’s even replaced the office itself
  • Does recurring revenue protect your business? – ReTell
    In this interview Neville Bird, CEO of ReTell, spoke to Comm Business about the perceived safety in having recurring revenue in your Channel business. CMB: Does recurring revenue protect Channel businesses more than others? Is there any such thing as a safe sector to sell into right now
  • Ofcom’s Online Nation report shows record levels of internet usage amid Covid-19
    The UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) said that its latest study called ‘Online Nation’ showed that internet usage in the country has surged to record levels with adults spending a little over four hours online amid the Covid-19 situation.
  • UK public expect robotics to play key role during pandemics, says new survey
    A new survey called ‘Poll for UK Robotics Week’ from the EPSRC UK-RAS Network found that one among three UK adults see an important role for the use of robotics in handling the Covid-19 crisis and future pandemics.
  • Spread Too Thin? Try These 6 Burnout Prevention Techniques
    Many people have been stressed for months due to upheavals in work patterns. Reducing burnout is one of the more sustainable goals you can achieve as a manager
  • Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months
    At its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple introduced a litany of new security and privacy features that fit into what the company calls its four privacy principles. Today, Google is announcing its own privacy-focused improvements as well, under what Google CEO Sundar Pichai says are “three important principles” of privacy.
  • How the GovTech Catalyst is helping to grow the GovTech sector
    We are reflecting on the impact of our experimental first phase of the GovTech Catalyst. We found promising solutions to some of the hardest public sector challenges. The Catalyst has connected private sector innovators with the public sector, using Innovate UK’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). After a successful first phase, we have started releasing £1 million of funds to each of the public sector teams starting Phase 2.
  • The Conundrum of Virtual Conferences
    Okay, the world is indeed crazy. We can’t hide from it or hope that it just blows over sooner or later. We’re dealing with it now and that means it’s impacting our work, our family lives, and even our sanity from time to time. One of the stalwart things that has been impacted by this is the summer conference schedule. We’ve had Aruba Atmosphere, Cisco Live, VMworld, and even Microsoft Ignite transition from being held in-person to a virtual format complete with shortened schedules and pre-recorded sessions. I’ve attended a couple of these so far for work and as an analyst, and I think I’ve figured it out.
  • Openreach Confirm Broadband Rollout Paused Until 2021
    Openreach (BT) has confirmed to that they do not intend to build their based “ultrafast broadband” (100Mbps+) ISP network to any more UK homes until April 2021. The service has been on pause since last year, when the operator re-focused toward gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology.
  • Microsoft is buying CyberX to bolster its Azure IoT security
    Microsoft has announced it will purchase the industrially focused network security vendor CyberX for an undisclosed sum in an effort to bolster the security capabilities of its Azure IoT platform.
  • Text Fragment linking by Google
    Google just redefined sharing in a very powerful. It’s called text fragment linking, and it works really well for a first time out of the box
  • BT Wholesale Webinar – Re-build your pipeline
    In light of COVID-19, our lives at both home and work are rapidly adapting to anew normal. Efficiency, speed and remote working are now the way we engage, and embracing those areas is key to success in a new market dynamic. Our customers are telling us that reducing costs, optimising operations and infrastructure,and capitalising on growth are the new business priorities. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the changing business environment, the impacts on channel organisations, and how BT Wholesale’s professional services portfolio can help support you to boost your cash flow and capitalise on the opportunities for bounce back
  • ISPs iDNET, Cerberus and Trunk Networks Add 900Mbps FTTP
    Broadband ISPs iDNET, Cerberus Networks and Trunk Networks (Leetline) have all recently joined the small but growing number of UK internet providers that are now able to offer packages based off Openreach’s (BT) new 550Mbps (75Mbps upload) and 1000Mbps (115Mbps upload) consumer Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) tiers.
  • £4.44m Contract Awarded to Rollout Full Fibre in South Essex UK
    The Thurrock Council has announced that a contract for delivery of the £4.436 million state aid funded Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) build across South Essex, which aims to connect 129 public sector sites across Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford and Thurrock with gigabit capable broadband, has finally been awarded.
  • 1,600+ Googlers Call on Company to Kick Cops Off Gmail, End All Other Police Contracts
    In its enviable tradition of employee dissent, Googlers have used this moment of civil unrest to reassess their company’s relationship to police. The verdict, according to over 1,600 of them, is that there shouldn’t be one. Accordingly, a petition began circulating last Wednesday asking CEO Sundar Pichai to end all sales of its products to […]
  • CenturyLink evolves its bare metal compute services
    CenturyLink already sells bare metal compute services to enterprises, but it’s evolving the technology. David Shacochis, CenturyLink’s vice president of enterprise technology, said the company has been in the managed IT services market for a couple of decades, and his group oversees the “increasingly important aspect of compute resources.” He said the company can deliver […]
  • U.S. networks out perform Europe’s during COVID-19 pandemic
    U.S. fixed and mobile networks out-performed their European counterparts during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. The Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business released a paper detailing how broadband networks held up under the bandwidth surge prompted by COVID-19 lockdowns.
  • Cisco fixes major security flaws in Webex on Windows and Mac
    Cisco has addressed two high severity vulnerabilities in its Webex video conferencing software that could have allowed unprivileged attackers to run programs and code on vulnerable systems. The two vulnerabilities, tracked as CVE-2020-3263 and CVE-2020-3342, affect Cisco Webex Meetings Desktop App releases earlier than version 39.5.12. and all Webex users should update their software to the latest version to avoid falling victim to any potential exploits. In an advisory concerning the arbitrary program execution flaw affecting Webex’s Windows client, Cisco provided more details on the vulnerability and explained what an attacker could do to a user’s system following a successful exploit, saying: Cisco is making Webex even smarter with AI Cisco Webex triples capacity and doubles down on security Billions will be spent on video conferencing in 2020 “The vulnerability is due to improper validation of input that is supplied to application URLs. The attacker could exploit this vulnerability by persuading a user to follow a malicious URL. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to cause the application to execute other programs that are already present on the end-user system. If malicious files are planted on the system or on an accessible network file path, the attacker could execute arbitrary code on the affected system.”
  • LGA responds to PM’s £1bn education ‘catch-up’ package
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a £1bn plan to help children ‘catch up’ on their education following the lockdown, including one-to-one or small group tuition. £650m is to be shared across state primary and secondary schools through the 2020-21 academic year and £350m will go towards a ‘national tutoring programme’, a high-quality programme for up to two million of the most disadvantage young people. During the announcement, the PM thanked teachers, childcare workers and support staff for their work and said he was ‘determined’ to get all children back in school from September. The package will focus on the most disadvantaged pupils in the country and aim to make up for lost teaching time, but early years providers and colleges for 16 to 19-year-olds were not mentione
  • As work-at-home increases, so do attacks on VoIP and unified communications
    Businesses use on-prem and cloud-based unified communications (UC) to connect distributed workforces but often don’t realize the security threats hidden within popular UC services, but they should, and they should address them. There has been a sharp rise in eMeetings, Voice over IP (VoIP) and other UC capabilities as companies shift to a work-from-home (WFH) model because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t expect this trend to abate any time soon as 93% of CXOs that responded to a ZK Research study say they see a permanent 30% uplift in the number of remote employees.
  • Amazon boss to advise Government on web
    Doug Gurr will take up a temporary role as an adviser to the Cabinet Office’s Digital Service team Ministers have roped in Amazon’s top UK executive to supervise work on the Government’s official website, as millions flock to for support services during the pandemic….
  • How carriers can build a better telco cloud without large cloud providers
    With increased migration to cloud services and bigger 5G deployments, service providers need to make the move to telco edge clouds, according to a Juniper executive. Speaking at Thursday’s Wells Fargo Securities 2020 Virtual 5G Forum, Juniper’s Kevin Hutchins said his company is looking to provide an alternative to carriers partnering with the hyperscale cloud providers for building telco edge clouds.
  • Has the Government done enough?
    The UK Government has had to step in to make some tough decisions over the last few months, not least the support packages in the form of the Furlough Scheme and loans for businesses. Reports suggest that 12 million people in the UK are taking advantage of the furlough scheme at present, we know much of the Channel has made good use of it too. We asked two suppliers what they thought of the decisions the government has made to support the economy. James Wells, Head of Channel Sales at Byphone, “Yes, people performed well once they made their decisions, but were way to slow in getting to the place that we needed to lock down. I hope they don’t rush back too quickly. Like many, there are worries about Brexit on top of COVID-19. I hope they are just playing hardball.”
  • What we learnt from the first phase of the GovTech Catalyst
    We finished the experimental first phase of the GovTech Catalyst. This phase helped us learn where emerging technologies can add value, and where we are better using established technologies. We learnt this in collaboration with smaller technology companies using Innovate UK’s Small Business Research Initiative. In our next phase, we will see prototypes develop into products that can be tested with wider groups across the public sector.
  • Map of Broadband Affordability vs Income for England and Wales
    A new report from Point Topic has examined some of the different measures of broadband ISP affordability across England and Wales (i.e. how much consumers have to pay to get the cheapest broadband available where they live) by factoring in the broader economic context, such as income and deprivation
  • UKCloud announces carbon negative cloud services highlighting the need for IT modernisation across public sector
    UKCloud, the multi-cloud experts dedicated to making transformation happen across UK public sector, has today announced it has extended its provision of certified Carbon Neutral cloud services to now provide carbon negative cloud services in support of the UK government’s sustainable technology strategy.
  • De Montfort University Leicester’s cyber security courses receive certification
    De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) announced that its MSc in Cyber Security and MSc in Cyber Technology have been fully certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ. The courses have been developed with support from the industry experts to meet the demand for expertise in this area.
  • Knight Corporate Finance: M&A set to remain hot despite pandemic fallout
    In the last episode of Comms Business Live David Dungay spoke to Adam Zoldan and Paul Billingham, Directors at Knight Corporate Finance, about the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on the M&A sector
  • Vodafone Reach First UK Village via 4G Shared Rural Network
    Mobile operator Vodafone has announced that the small village of Devauden in the Wye Valley (Wales) has become the first to receive a faster 4G based mobile (mobile broadband) service as part of the new £1bn Shared Rural Network (SRN), which aims to help extend geographic 4G cover to 95% of the UK by the […]
  • Virgin Media UK Summarise Broadband Use During Lockdown
    Broadband ISP Virgin Media has today revealed new insights on the extent of internet traffic growth during the COVID-19 lockdown, such as the fact that households on their network have downloaded an “extra” 325GB (GigaBytes) on average during lockdown so far.
  • EE and Nokia to Build World’s First 4G LTE Air to Ground Network
    EE (BT) and Nokia have announced that, as part of their support for the much delayed UK Emergency Services Network (ESN), they will build the “world’s first” 4G LTE (mobile broadband) based Air-to-Ground communications network to support 300,000 emergency service personnel (range from 500 to 10,000 feet above ground).
  • Windstream, Infinera transmit 800G over long-haul network
    Windstream worked with Infinera to trial 800 gigabits per second (800G) over 730 kilometers in a live production network between San Diego and Phoenix. The single-wavelength transmission occurred across Windstream’s long-haul network. Windstream and Infinera also looped back the signal to achieve a 700G transmission over 1,460 kilometers. The trial was performed using Infinera’s fifth-generation […]
  • Zoom now promises end-to-end encryption is coming for all
    After announcing that it would not offer end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to free users, Zoom backpedaled and said that everyone using the conferencing software would be able to use AES 256 GCM protection. (The caveat being that chats won’t be covered.) The company claimed that it was trying to balance security with the ability to hold […]


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