With COVID-19 forcing the majority of staff in many companies to work remotely for months on end, there is huge pressure on IT and network professionals to assure all corporate business and collaboration applications run as they should to meet employee and customer needs and expectations. Embracing digital innovation and leveraging cloud capabilities has become even more critical to address today’s new business demands.
Enterprises are looking to shore up the game by equipping themselves with intelligent, secure and more reliable network connections that meets their requirements. SD-WAN (“software-defined wide area network”) is the leading solution nowadays for this. While enterprises could choose to build their own SD-WAN by combining equipment, software and access technology by themselves, a growing number of organizations are turning to a more flexible and efficient solution: to buy the service from communications service providers (CSPs) as a “network as a service” (NaaS) solution.
Openreach has expanded its Fibre Cities programme to an additional 67 locations. The plan outlines areas where the company will build its new, Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband technology. Work will begin in March 2021 and is scheduled to take place over two years.
The new locations stretch across the country – from Alloway, in Ayrshire; to Helsby, in Cheshire; and Ivybridge, in South Devon – and bring the programme to over 560 towns, cities, boroughs, villages and hamlets. The £12 billion project aims to bring ‘full fibre’ technology to 20 million premises across the UK by the mid-to-late 2020s, assuming the right regulatory and political fibre enablers are in place.
Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach, said, “Despite the challenges of the pandemic we’re continuing to make great strides towards our goal to build ultrafast, ultra-reliable broadband to 20 million homes and businesses.
An e-scooter trial in the UK was halted five days in after locals complained about riders weaving through traffic
An electric scooter trial in the UK has been put on hold just five days after it launched, following reports that riders were mounting sidewalks and weaving in and out of traffic.
Voi, the Swedish company operating 200 vehicles during the trial in Coventry, said it would reduce the speed of the e-scooters and educate locals before the 12-month trial resumes.
Voi rolled out the vehicles to both Coventry and Birmingham on Thursday. More than 5,000 rides were taken in Coventry alone in the initial days of the trial, it said.
The current world context is pushing organisations to make better-informed, faster decisions to survive in a rapidly changing environment.
As organisations begin to shift from the recovery phase of COVID-19 to the renewal, many are focused on what comes next and capitalising on the changes made to the business during COVID-19. The Gartner Board of Directors survey highlighted that seven out of 10 boards have accelerated digital business initiatives in the wake of COVID-19 disruption.
One question we hear frequently when discussing digital business strategy now is, “Why is this digitalisation different from digital prior to COVID-19?” And the answer is pace — the pace of adoption. With a potentially short window of time before a resurgence of the virus or other related disruption, organisations need to act quickly.
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…
The top prior information notices
This week’s featured PIN
Buyer: Home Office
Title: Joint Asset Recovery Database (JARD) IT systems
The lowdown: The Home Office has earmarked £25m to replace a database that keeps a record of assets seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The existing product, which is managed by the National Crime Agency, is described in the prior information notice as an “ageing system that has been modified and updated on a number of occasions over its 15-year plus lifecycle”. The replacement system will incorporate a range of services, from case management and data warehousing to debt recovery management and financial monitoring. Prospective suppliers have until 25 September to register their interest in the contract.
The best of the rest………