Mobile operator Vodafone UK has managed to boost their 4G (mobile broadband) signal in the coastal East Sussex city of Brighton by installing small cells on top of five phone boxes, some of which appear to have been previously owned by arch rival BT (many of those are now standing disused)
The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has today called for members of the public and industry alike to submit nominations for its 2020 “Internet Hero” award, with the eventual winner being announced via a special online ceremony on the 18th November 2020 at the 22nd annual ISPA Awards event.
Comparison site Uswitch has today published a new Remote Working Index (RWI), which ranks 104 of the United Kingdom’s biggest towns and cities by seven metrics to help identify the best places for people who have to work from home (access to superfast broadband, crime rate, green spaces, property prices etc.).
The Customer Experience marketplace has changed, and channel partners aiming to thrive must supply value that is strategic to their customers’ needs. Otherwise, they risk lower margins and a lack of buyer engagement in the months ahead
Improving procurement globally has benefits for citizens, civil servants and governments around the world. It helps tackle corruption and improves services for users. With the global cost of corruption being more than an estimated US$2.6 trillion every year, and with businesses and individuals paying more than US$1 trillion in bribes every year, it also has potential to save vast sums of money
Mobile operator O2 (Telefonica) has revealed a list of the top 10 most data hungry (mobile broadband) UK cities for September 2020, which sees Bradford top the list after it saw data consumption on their network jump by 50% when compared with the same time last year. Meanwhile Coventry came a close second (47%).
The figures may partly reflect the fact that Bradford is about to enter its third month of local COVID-19 restrictions. Since the start of lockdown O2 has upgraded 4G capacity in over 8,800 postcodes across some of these cities, including 1,600 in Bradford, 1,300 in Sheffield and 1,200 in Hull.
As people increasingly rely on technology to keep them connected with loved ones, O2 found that data traffic spikes since lockdown have often coincided with key moments for the country, including the end of the Premier League season, the Champions League final and the Government’s lockdown announcement at the end of April 2020.
I’m delighted to share that the UK has come second in the Digital Government Index (DGI) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The rankings were announced at the OECD’s flagship E-Leaders annual meeting today, which we attended (virtually).
This top ranking is something we are really proud of at the Government Digital Service (GDS), and it reflects the hard work of teams across GDS and the thousands of digital, data and technology (DDaT) professionals across the function.
The National Audit Office has said the government’s target for rolling out superfast broadband will be “particularly difficult” to achieve for the hardest to reach premises.
In its report Improving Broadband, the NAO found the 2010 scheme to deliver Superfast Broadband helped extend the UK’s superfast broadband coverage, but many people still experience poor broadband, particularly in rural areas.
Previous the DCMS has prioritised increasing broadband coverage over speed. This was changed in 2018 when the government announced a new policy for the UK’s telecoms industry to provide infrastructure capable of faster gigabit speeds to 50% of premises by 2025, and nationwide by 2033. The later date was subsequently brought forward to 2025, a target that the NAO describes as “challenging”.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has published details on how rules for broadcasters and providers of video on-demand services will change after the Brexit transition period.
The publication came ahead of prime minister Boris Johnson’s statement warning the UK to prepare for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit.
From 1 January 2021, the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) and the country of origin principle will no longer apply to services under UK jurisdiction broadcast into the EU.