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With Affirmed Networks purchase, Microsoft looks to plug 5G into Azure

With Affirmed Networks purchase, Microsoft looks to plug 5G into Azure

Microsoft has agreed to acquire mobile core startup Affirmed Networks, a move the software giant said will allow it to sell virtualized mobile core network functions running on its Azure cloud computing offering.

Microsoft did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. Affirmed, founded in 2010, has so far raised $155 million in six rounds of venture funding from the likes of Centerview Capital, Qualcomm, Eastward Capital Partners and others. On its website, Affirmed boasts of more than 100 mobile network operator customers including behemoths like AT&T, Orange, Vodafone and Telus.

Vodafone UK to Hit Brits Stranded in Turkey with Roaming Hike

Vodafone UK to Hit Brits Stranded in Turkey with Roaming Hike

Mobile operator Vodafone UK appears to have picked a lousy time to inform customers in Turkey, many of whom will have been left stranded by the mass cancellation of flights until at least June 2020, that they’re about to impose a £6 per day charge for them to continue using their text, call and data allowances.

UK govt introduces coronavirus information service on WhatsApp

UK govt introduces coronavirus information service on WhatsApp

The UK government has rolled out a free to use service on WhatsApp for providing official, trustworthy, and timely advice and information on coronavirus (COVID-19) to citizens.

The government expects the GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service to further bring down the load on NHS services.

According to the government, the WhatsApp service will help fight the spread of misinformation on coronavirus in the UK. Additionally, it will also help ensure that people stay at their homes, protect the NHS, and eventually in saving lives.

VPN – The Magic Ingredient?

VPN – The Magic Ingredient?

Snom explains how employees who currently cannot, or would rather not, go to their offices can use their employer’s IP phone network to work safely and efficiently from home.In the wake of the coronavirus,

Companies and organisations have called on their workforces to avoid crowds and, if possible, to avoid using public transport to get to work and instead work from home.

In addition, schools have closed in the UK to prevent the virus from spreading.

For some employees, working from home is a long-cherished dream come true. For others, this situation is more of a challenge as they are not sure how they can stay in touch with all team members, customers, partners and suppliers from their home office.

Mobile phone industry explores worldwide tracking of users

Mobile phone industry explores worldwide tracking of users

Talks about global data-sharing to counter coronavirus will raise privacy concerns.

The mobile phone industry has explored the creation of a global data-sharing system that could track individuals around the world, as part of an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The Guardian has learned that a senior official at GSMA, an international standard-setting body for the mobile phone industry, held discussions with at least one company that is capable of tracking individuals globally through their mobile devices, and discussed the possible creation of a global data-sharing system.

Any move to create such a global tracking system would represent a major escalation in efforts to use mobile phone location data to help stem the pandemic, and would be likely to raise concerns among privacy and security experts.

Virgin Media Onshoring Brings 500 Jobs Back to UK

Virgin Media Onshoring Brings 500 Jobs Back to UK

Broadband ISP Virgin Media has confirmed that they will attempt to rapidly bring 500 customer support (call-centre) jobs back to the UK in order to help counter Coronavirus (COVID-19) related lock-downs in countries where they’ve previously outsourced such roles, including India and the Philippines.

Quite how effective this hiring spree will be in the current climate, where even UK support centres are already suffering from staff shortages due to similar problems and high demand, is uncertain. Nevertheless Virgin Media has suggested that it will aim to hire new workers via remote job interviews (video conferencing), but after that they will still be expected to enter existing call centres in Teesside, Sheffield, Manchester and Birmingham.

Openreach engineers only to serve ‘Government Critical’ premises

Openreach engineers only to serve ‘Government Critical’ premises

n response to PM Boris Johnson’s latest announcement last night (Monday 23rd March) Openreach is to limit its engineers visiting customer premises with immediate effect. Work will be limited to ‘essential’ services and limited to:
·Self-install activities (i.e. where there is no engineering visit to the end customer premises)
·Service to vulnerable end customers (in-home and carried out safely, only where essential)
·Those end customers who have no other form of broadband or telephony available – and we will look to deal with these via escalation channels jointly with the CP to find a solution that doesn’t require a home visit
·On-premises work for critical national infrastructure customers (NHS, pharmacies, utilities, emergency services, retail and wholesale food distribution outlets, financial services businesses and other categories defined by the Government).

Working from home makes you vulnerable to hackers. Here’s how to stay safe

Working from home makes you vulnerable to hackers. Here’s how to stay safe

Now’s the time for good tech hygiene, too.

Working from home doesn’t have to expose you to hackers. Here’s what you can do to make it safer.

Working at home can leave you open to hackers, even in normal times, and these aren’t normal times. With millions of people in the UK under orders to stay home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, many more people are now working in their personal space, sometimes on their personal computers or phones. That makes a much wider target for hackers, cybersecurity experts say.

At home, it’s less likely you’re protected by the corporate software that can scan every link you click and file you download for signs of danger. Additionally, your brain might be fried with worries over the spread of a disease that’s threatening to overwhelm health care systems around the country, and by all the logistical problems that staying inside present.