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  • Cornwall councillor suggests authority paid £2m for Oracle licences that no one used on contract originally worth £4m
    The local government of England’s westernmost county, Cornwall, has become embroiled in a row about an apparent overpayment of licences to the tune of £2m on an Oracle Cloud ERP migration worth around £4m to the vendor when the contract was signed in 2017.
  • The NCSC advice over Huawei is convoluted but ultimately makes sense
    A closer look at the advice on which the UK based its decision to ban Huawei from its 5G networks reveals a mixture of rigour and improvisation. As we reported earlier today, the only apparent reason for the drastic shift in UK government policy over Huawei was the US decision to starve Huawei of access to any products that contain US intellectual property. To its credit, the National Cyber Security Centre immediately published a document detailing its rationale, so we decided to have a look through it, because we don’t have a life
  • VMware on AWS just got cheaper and gruntier. But you can only choose one
    VMware has made some notable tweaks to its AWS-powered cloud service. It’s now possible to run VMware Cloud on AWS, which VMware calls “VMC”, on just two hosts. That’s a reduction of one whole host, which VMware claimed will slice costs by a third. Given that the lowest price for a single host is currently $120,584 over three years, that’s a decent saving
  • Openreach Quietly Hits 3 Million UK FTTP Broadband Premises
    Network access provider Openreach (BT) has confirmed to that they’ve just passed a new milestone, which was achieved by extending their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP network coverage to a total of 3 million UK premises. Only another 17 million more to go..
  • Samsung pitches for 6G leadership position
    We might still be in the early days of 5G network deployment, but attention has already been afforded to 6G, with Samsung suggesting terahertz (THz) spectrum bands are critical. While work has already begun on the 6G technology portfolio, this has largely been kept to the niche corners of the telecoms and technology industries. The 6G Wireless Summit took place in March, while the FCC has been eyeing spectrum north of 95 GHz and the Chinese Government has officially launched a 6G R&D Programme. Samsung was rumoured to have founded its own initiative, though the whitepaper today is confirmation.
  • With another NHS overhaul in the offing, £200m up for grabs in northern England for pretty much anything related to IT
    (NOE CPC), a buyers’ group of NHS trusts, has dished out a juicy tender for an IT services and consultancy framework agreement worth up to £200m. Led by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the framework is aimed at professional services and consultancy support in acute trusts, community hospitals, clinical commissioning groups and other healthcare settings. The contract is set to run for two years, plus two optional 12-month extensions.
  • HPE Boosts SD-WAN Portfolio with Acquisition of Silver Peak for $925M
    HPE, the parent company of Aruba on Tuesday announced its intent to acquire Silver Peak, a leader in the fast-growing SD-WAN market, for $925M. Silver Peak will become part of Aruba to deliver a comprehensive secure networking portfolio to address customer requirements across Campus, Branch, Data Center and Remote Worker environments
  • You’ve think you’ve heard it all about automation in technology? Get a load of this robot that plugs in cables
    That may sound effortless, yet it’s a tall order for machines. Humans typically have nimble fingers, a keen sense of touch, good eyesight, and years of experience fighting USB and headphone cables to untangle cords and place plugs into sockets correctly. A robot similarly needs sensors and algorithms to work out where to hold a wire, how hard it should grip it, and how to insert it into the required socket, and that ability doesn’t come for free.
  • The biggest govtech deals of the week (13/7/20)
    This is the latest instalment of an exclusive series analysing the UK’s biggest public sector tech deals. In partnership with GlobalData, we’ve drilled down into the most valuable tenders and awards from the last seven days. Here’s what we found this week…
  • NCSC launches Home and Remote Working cyber exercise for businesses
    The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched a new cyber exercise called ‘Home and Remote Working’ designed to enable small businesses to evaluate their cyber resilience while their staff work remotely amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Study – 90% of UK Broadband Lines Fast Enough for Home Working
    New crowd-sourced based research from benchmarking firm umlaut (formerly P3) has claimed that more than 90% of the UK’s active fixed broadband ISP lines deliver internet connection speeds that “meet the challenges of working from home,” at least with respect to the narrow scope of video conferencing apps
  • How to Automatically Mute Yourself in Zoom Meetings
    Many of us have been working from home for months now, so you’d think we’d have all the kinks associated with remote work sorted out, right? Not so much. Zoom meetings can still be a noisy nightmare, especially when those meetings include a ton of people. So here’s a simple thing you can do right now to make every meeting you join better: Set yourself to auto-mute your mic when you join a meeting.
  • Five must-read stories from the intersection of tech, business and politics
    From TMT execs’ perceptions of Covid-19 to the telcos’ reaction to the UK’s proposed Huawei ban, here are the key developments from this week
  • ISP Zen Internet UK Soft Launches 900Mbps FTTP Broadband
    Broadband ISP Zen Internet has confirmed that they’ve this week begun to soft launch a new range of packages based off Openreach’s latest 550Mbps (75Mbps upload) and 1000Mbps (115Mbps upload) consumer Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) tiers, although you won’t see them on their website for another week or two. The new tiers officially launched at wholesale on 23rd March 2020, although Openreach’s decision to pause new FTTP orders due to the COVID-19 crisis (and associated lockdown measures) ultimately resulted in a few ISPs delaying their own launch plans. Nevertheless, a number of providers have now introduced related packages (here) and Zen are the latest on that list.
  • Kent County Council to provide 2,000 videophones to vulnerable residents
    Kent County Council is rolling out around 2,000 videophone systems to help elderly or vulnerable residents to access digital support and solutions. It comes in the form of a £1.5m contract and will connect digitally disadvantaged residents and those with a learning disability in Kent with virtual care and health consultants, as well as video contact with family and friends. The “one-touch” secure, tablet-type device is set up remotely and delivered to those who may still be shielding at home or more vulnerable to the virus. The ability to video call the individual’s support network will give council support staff the ability to monitor the needs of residents and allow residents to feel safe and supported from home.
  • UK Space Agency seeks ideas on 5G usage in logistics sector
    The UK Space Agency, European Space Agency (ESA) and the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) have partnered to seek ideas on the usage of 5G terrestrial and space technology in the logistics sector. The space agencies and DCMS have called for proposals from companies on how they can use space technology to support the logistics sector in a 5G environment. The call for proposals has been launched with an objective to increase the connectivity and close the digital divide for businesses in the UK’s logistics sectors.
  • Flexibility and no commuting highlighted as top Remote Working benefits
    A remote working survey, conducted by business communications provider Network Telecom, which is part of Enreach, has suggested that remote working will continue long after the lockdown has ended. With 67% of respondents currently working remotely, the survey looked at what people have found difficult about working from home and how employees expect to work in the future. Despite businesses rushing to get set up remotely, 59.7% of the respondents admitted that they hadn’t found remote working difficult, instead stating that they would be happy to work remotely on a more permanent basis.
  • BT, Vodafone warn of blackouts if not given five years to be Huawei-free
    BT and Vodafone would need at least five years to phase Huawei out of their UK networks if they are to minimize service outages and other disruption for existing customers, senior technology executives told a parliamentary committee today. The new warning comes as authorities consider more stringent measures against the Chinese vendor following US moves to choke off its supplies of components made with American equipment or design expertise. Amid concern Huawei poses a threat to national security, the UK government in January proposed restricting it to 35% of any radio access or part-fiber broadband network and banning it from the “core,” the control center of the entire system. Officials are worried it will not be able to find secure alternatives to semiconductors it buys from TSMC, a Taiwanese firm that uses US equipment. Some analysts think Huawei will run out of the necessary components early next year.
  • UK Government Appears to Soften 2025 Gigabit Broadband Goal
    Remember that £5bn pledge by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to have “gigabit broadband sprouting in every home” by the end of 2025? Perhaps unsurprisingly, it now looks like the Government are watering down their language on that to “go as far as we possibly can by 2025.”
  • Alibaba Cloud stretches global reach with Equinix
    Fresh off of last week’s partnership with Aryaka, Alibaba Cloud announced it was working with Equinix to bolster its worldwide presence. By partnering with Equinix, Alibaba Cloud will have access to 17 markets around the world, including Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo, as well as U.S. cities such as Chicago, Dallas, Texas and Denver. Using Platform Equinix, Alibaba Cloud, which serves as the data backbone of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, now has access to more than 9,700 customers, including 1,800 network providers and close to 3,000 cloud and IT service providers globally.
  • Insolvencies continue to fall in June
    Creditsafe has reported that June saw a total of 1,079 companies become insolvent, the lowest monthly figure in the last three years. This number shows a 7% decrease compared to May and a 44% decrease compared to June 2019. This significant reduction in the overall number of insolvencies undoubtedly reflects the particular circumstances resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, and resulting lockdown. Many distressed businesses are managing to keep afloat by making use of the high level of government support available, and many may well have opted to file for an extension with Companies House. However, we have also seen that the number of court cases has been drastically reduced, with non-essential court hearings being postponed until later this year.
  • UKCloud Signs Agreement with Crown Commercial Service
    London-based UKCloud signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Crown Commercial Service to continue to deliver multi-cloud services to public sector organizations in the United Kingdom. The MOU will ensure that public sector organizations continue to have the benefit of choice and options of multi-cloud platforms alongside the more proprietary options available from the global cloud providers, the company stated in a release. The agreement also signals renewed support for the government’s Crown Campus, a secure datacenter operated as a joint venture between Ark Data Centers and the U.K. government. UKCloud’s operations within the Crown Campus enables the compnay to offer native connectivity to secure government networks and options for the delivery of multi-cloud services at higher classification levels. As part of this agreement, Crown Commercial Service has negotiated double-digit discounts related to UKCloud’s unique Tier 2 cloud hosting capability, branded UKCloudX, the company reported.
  • Picturing the New Normal
    Many recognise what’s happening now is an incredible opportunity—and maybe a much-needed kick in the pants. Learn from this experience. Find new ways to do things. We’re all anxiously awaiting the time when the COVID-19 pandemic winds down, and we can start getting back to normal. But the reality is, plenty of things will never go back to the way they were before. As we adjust to the new reality and work in physical isolation, many long-held beliefs—about our colleagues, our customers, our infrastructure—are suddenly up for debate. What can we learn from this experience? Which parts of how we’ve been operating lately should we retain, and which should go back to how they were? What should “normal” even look like? Working with companies in many industries, we’ve had the benefit of speaking with business and IT leaders across the spectrum about these questions. Based on those conversations, here are some of the changes this crisis has forced upon us that are most likely to stick. “Digital transformation” just became priority #1.
  • The Virtual Desktop Outlook: Trends + Benefits Beyond Deployment
    Analytics, automation, and increased functionality are being added to VDI to support virtual desktops and their use in helping organisations work remotely and efficiently. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is not new. However, it has become a much more affordable and attractive technology in recent years, which has ultimately led to a huge rise in adoption this year as workforces have transitioned to remote work. Microsoft reported in late March that adoption of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) had tripled since the start of COVID-19, and vendors in the VDI space have worked long hours to transition businesses and their employees to a new way of work. Many business leaders are wondering what their workforces, equipped with virtual desktops, will look like post-pandemic and how an investment in VDI can continue to pay off after the deployment phase. There are a few ways in which we expect the market to grow and VDI to further benefit businesses who are invested in it.
  • 15% of consumers want no human interaction
    Despite a rise in online self-service, in industries ranging from insurance and travel to utilities, a survey, commissioned by intelligent call tracking software company ResponseTap, reveals that only 15% of people don’t think human interaction is important at all when they are making a purchase. The study, conducted amongst 1,000 UK adults, also shows that 62% of consumers want a more ‘personalised’ experience when buying over the phone. Consumers now expect a seamless path to purchase. For businesses who have spent years optimising their online booking journeys to offer the best personalised web experience, this is a wake-up call to include offline sales in this process. This research proves that if businesses can instantly analyse user data to route inbound sales calls to specialist handlers, who are already aware of the reason for their call, this would massively enhance the customer experience and propensity to buy. And contrary to anecdotal evidence suggesting young people would prefer to access information purely online, the research highlights that in fact 46% of 16-24-year olds believe speaking to a specialist is important. The group where this mattered most was 35-44-year olds, where 67% believe it makes a difference.
  • Hyperscale data centre count reaches 541 with 176 more in the works
    The growth of hyperscale data centres continues at a fast clip this year. According to Synergy Research Group, as of the middle of this year, there are 541 hyperscale data centres with another 176 in the pipeline. That number of data centres operated by hyperscale providers more than doubled the count from the middle of 2015, according to Synergy Research Group (SRG.) The EMEA and Asia-Pac regions continued to have the highest growth rates, but the U.S. still accounted for 38% of the major cloud and internet data centre sites. The next largest data centre locations were China, Japan, the U.K., Germany and Australia, which collectively accounted for another 30% of the total. Over the last four quarters new data centres have opened their doors in 15 different countries, with the U.S., South Korea, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa and Bahrain having the largest number of additions.
  • Managed vs Unmanaged Hosting
    Choosing the right web hosting provider for your business is can be a complicated decision. With so many companies offering web hosting it’s often very hard to find your way through the virtual fog and select the best company to entrust with your website – which is so essential to your business. We recommend reading through reviews on sites such as Trust Pilot to make a short list. Once you manage to find a good web hosting company, you’ll also need to select the right service. It’s important to select the correct solution for your business, and the services on offer vary from standard – or unmanaged hosting – through to dedicated servers.
  • Innovate UK launches Digital Supply Chain competition for tech and manufacturing firms
    Innovate UK has announced the Digital Supply Chain competition for technology and manufacturing firms that develop innovative digital technologies aimed at potentially transforming supply chains. The winning projects have to ensure that their ideas can help the UK manufacturing sector become more efficient, productive, flexible, and resilient.
  • H.266 Standard to Bring High Quality Video to Slower Broadband
    At present most consumer UK internet traffic is made up of video content (70-80%) and one of the problems with having a slower broadband ISP connection is that you’re often stuck with lower quality streaming. But that could be about to change with the new H.266 Versatile Video Coding standard, which offers 50% more compression. […]
  • June 2020 update on broadband availability across the UK, nations and regions
    The monthly update on the state of the various broadband roll-outs across the UK continue and while the roll-out of basic superfast speeds is still slow the pace of the FTTP roll-outs appears to be accelerating. The UK only hit 14.02% on 30th May 2020, but five weeks later we are at 14.81% full fibre […]
  • 2020 H1 – UK Gigabit Broadband Covers 22% as FTTP Hits 14.8%
    The latest independent model has estimated that the H1 2020 coverage of “full fibre” (FTTP) broadband ISP networks across the UK has risen to 14.8% of premises (up from 11% in H2 2019), while 61.7% can get 100Mbps+ (up from 59.3%) and 22.1% are within reach of “gigabit” (1Gbps) speeds. Just for context, it’s important […]
  • Alphabet’s Internet-Beaming Loon Balloons Now Providing Service in Kenya
    Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has deployed a fleet of internet-delivering, high-altitude balloons in Kenya, an initiative that the company’s CEO said will be “the first of many” future commercial deployments in other parts of the world. Loon chief Alastair Westgarth announced in a blog post this week that the 4G LTE network connectivity […]
  • UK Government steps in to save OneWeb with $500mn investment
    The UK’s Business Secretary Alok Sharma has confirmed a Government lifeline of $500 million for OneWeb, the ambitious satellite firm which recently filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Alongside Bharti Global, the UK Government will become a ‘significant’ equity shareholder in OneWeb, posting $500 million to save the company from financial distress. While Bharti Global will […]
  • US tech giants halt Hong Kong police help
    Facebook and Twitter have confirmed they have suspended processing demands for user data from Hong Kong authorities following the introduction of a new Beijing-imposed national security law.ions.” Facebook said its suspension will also apply to WhatsApp, which it owns.
  • Yet another government digital identity scheme is on the way
    There’s a new programme in place to add yet another digital identity system to go along with Verify, the Identity and Attributes Exchange (IAX – Verify’s successor), NHS Login, the Home Office’s EU Settled Status scheme, DWP’s Confirm Your Identity, the Scottish government’s Digital Identity Scotland scheme, the second iteration of the Government Gateway, and […]
  • Confusion bubbles over benefits of SD-WAN in post-COVID environment
    According to a new report assessing the current UK SD WAN marketplace, organisations have changed their opinion of the technology following Covid-19, with half saying it is ‘less relevant’ to the burgeoning remote workplace that’s emerged since lockdown. The report, ‘The Future of SD WAN in a UK economy’ from IT consultancy, Accelerate Technologies, is […]
  • New GCHQ report could see Huawei phased out of UK 5G
    The latest sanctions imposed on Huawei by the US have had a “severe” impact on the company’s evaluation by GCHQ Back in January, when the UK government first took the decision to allow Huawei limited access to the UK’s 5G network, excluding them from the core and limiting them to 35% market share, UK security […]
  • Outgoing HMRC tech chief Mark Denney on AI in Whitehall, his next move and the search for a successor
    Mark Denney had spent 22 years in the banking industry when, last November, he decided to leave his job as CIO of Barclays’ corporate bank and join the British tax agency, HMRC. Although the decision to take on an interim chief digital and information officer role (CDIO) followed a period of careful consideration, Denney could hardly have predicted that just four months into his new job he would be tasked with handling one of the most significant challenges in the agency’s 171-year history. As NS Tech reported last week, since the start of the coronavirus crisis, Denney has led two 200-strong teams to deliver the technology underpinning the UK’s furlough and self-employed income support schemes. The initiatives have already secured industry awards, praise from Britain’s business community and the incomes of millions of people across the country. So it may have come as a surprise to some when, three weeks after the launch of the first scheme, HMRC began searching for Denney’s permanent successor. But speaking to NS Tech over the phone from his home in mid-May, Denney explains that this was always part of the plan.
  • GDS ‘under duress’ – is there a row going on down near Whitechapel?
    The Government Digital Service (GDS) has taken its fair share of criticism in recent years – including from Computer Weekly – and much of it justified. But there’s little doubt the team at GDS HQ in Whitechapel has been at the heart of much of Whitehall’s digital response to the coronavirus pandemic, supporting the launch of an unprecedented 69 services on during March, April and May, with a further 46 on the way, and coping with huge peaks in web demand. While GDS has made its share of mistakes, few can question the commitment to digital change of its employees. So it seems there’s been a bit of a storm this week after the publication of a not altogether well-written document called the “Digital, Data and Technology Functional Standard”. What is a “functional standard” you may ask? If so, you’re not the only one.
  • Two Nigerians face US charges over online fraud worth ‘hundreds of millions’
    US law enforcement is cracking down on a pair of alleged online fraudsters that appear to have been wildly successful. The United Arab Emirates has sent the US two Nigerian nationals, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas and Olakean Jacob Ponle, to face charges relating to large “business email compromise” scams. Abbas is accused of money laundering in schemes meant to pull in “hundreds of millions of dollars,” according to the Justice Department. He reportedly helped with a plan to launder $14.7 million stolen from a “foreign financial institution,” helped take nearly $923,000 from a New York law firm and was even involved in a plot to steal roughly $124 million from an English Premier League club. Ponle, meanwhile, allegedly participated in several 2019 fraud campaigns that were worth “tens of millions of dollars,” including one Chicago-based company that sen a total of $15.2 million. According to the claim, Ponle had victims wire funds to money mules who converted the gains to Bitcoin and sent them to a digital wallet the mastermind controlled.
  • UK may cut Huawei out of 5G networks this year
    It would happen much sooner than expected. The UK was already having second thoughts about Huawei’s involvement in its 5G networks, and now it appears ready to completely change its stance. According to The Telegraph’s sources (via The Guardian), the government is crafting proposals that would block the use of new Huawei gear in 5G networks as soon as six months from now, and would accelerate the removal of any equipment already in place. It would come after the GCHQ intelligence agency “revised” its previous belief that the country could manage any security risks from Huawei products. Stricter US sanctions blocking access to chips would force Huawei to use “untrusted” tech and make the risk impossible to manage, the newspaper said.
  • Fake 5G coronavirus theories have real-world consequences
    Conspiracy theories have driven people to burn cellular equipment. Telecom workers have had to bear the brunt of this. Telephone engineer David Snowdon was just returning to his van after an assignment repairing a cell site when a car sped past him, spun around and stopped right in front of him. Two men got out of the vehicle and asked him if he had anything to do with 5G masts. “You better not be or there will be fucking trouble,” said one of the men, before kicking the door of Snowdon’s van, smacking the mirror around and walking off. Initially, the 56-year-old from Birmingham in the UK’s Midlands region thought that what he experienced was an isolated incident. Then he did some research. “The next day, I went onto Facebook and there it all was, this big 5G conspiracy,” he said in a phone call with CNET. “I thought, I better report this, and when I reported it to our security team, they went, ‘Yeah, there’s been quite a few.'”
  • 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.


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