Moving your data from one device to another is a pain. It’s enough of a pain that most software services these days offer some kind of data transfer tool when you set up your new device. Unfortunately, most of the time these “migration assistants” are garbage.
International roaming traffic dropping in the region of 30% during the coronavirus pandemic, though international voice traffic increased 20% year-on-year in March, while the duration of phone calls was up 30% in March and over 60% in April 2020 compared to 2019.
The COVID-19 pandemic is quietly damaging the mental health of everyone across the world. During the coronavirus outbreak, we have been laser-focused on black-and-white statistics such as the death toll to measure the gravity of the outbreak, but what about the grey areas in between? Not only must we deal with the immediate threat to life but we must also ready ourselves for the mental health fallout caused by lockdown measures.
Cisco, Aruba and Juniper are unwrapping new applications and services aimed at helping organizations safely re-open their facilities when due to the COVID-19 pandemic permits.
The UK government has announced a £400,000 funding competition for innovators for designing schemes aimed at enhancing the security of consumer smart devices under the ‘Grant Programme for Consumer IoT Assurance Schemes 2020/21’.
The last several weeks of the COVID disruption has laid bare just how little companies sometimes know about their suppliers. It has become evident that truly knowing your suppliers goes beyond which one has passed their certifications or which one is hitting their KPIs.
Three principles for keeping traditional tool sprawl problems in check while providing the flexibility and breadth needed to secure, manage, and maintain your network.
As it stands, women occupy just 16% of IT jobs in the UK and make up less than 14% of CIOs, less than 10% of CEOs at technology companies and less than 5% of board directors at technology firms. With the aim of contributing to the drive towards improved female representation in UK’s technology scene, ‘Future Stars of Tech’ launched two years ago.
With business conditions changing rapidly and in ways we never could have imagined only a few months ago, it’s critical to assess how to best prioritize IT investments and initiatives.
Broadband and UK mobile giant BT Group has today launched two new UK initiatives, the ‘Green Tech Innovation Platform’ and the ‘UK Electric Fleets Alliance’, which they say will help to form the foundation for a climate friendly recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and help to drive the country’s “Net Zero carbon emissions.”
ith millions of employees now working from home, service providers are looking for ways to offer more secure, manageable services into those home offices. SD-WAN could emerge as a prime technology that better enables work-from-home (WFH) and work-from-anywhere (WFA) scenarios for enterprises.
In short, home-based SD-WAN is doable, but it may not look like current SD-WAN offerings.
Before we get into the details, it’s worth noting that Versa Networks CEO Kelly Ahuja said “The home is now the branch” in an interview with Futuriom founder and analyst Scott Raynovich in a FierceTelecom story. During several interviews since Raynovich’s story ran, I’ve asked if the home is now truly the branch.
In November last year I posted about our plans for the future of GOV.UK. We want to provide trusted, joined-up and personalised interaction for users, so that we can provide the right things to the right people, in the way they want to use them.
Since then a lot has changed. GOV.UK has been at the centre of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing vital and up-to-date information and services. GOV.UK has repeatedly seen record demand, peaking at over 132m page views in a single week (and that’s just of those who consent to analytics tracking – true number approaching 300m?). We have worked across the public sector, including with colleagues in the NHS and local authorities, to build and launch services – from scratch – in just days, to help people receive essential supplies and to help organisations offer their support.
The UK government announced its decision to join the global Covid-19 High Performance Computing consortium (Covid-19 HPC consortium), a private-public effort led by the US and IBM, which has been set up in response to the pandemic.
Bu joining the consortium, UK’s researchers and scientists are expected to get access to the largest and fastest supercomputers in the world where they can quickly carry out complex calculations. This is anticipated to speed up the UK’s coronavirus research rapidly, and through the use of advanced modelling, develop further treatments, gain knowledge, and get an understanding of how the virus behaves.
The UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) said that £1m of Defence Innovation funding has been allocated for civil sector support for the innovation priorities of the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
In this connection, industry and academia in the UK have been asked to file their ideas to help the Ministry of Defence with its most pressing problems in handling future threats.
It is an open call from the ministry, which wants innovative ideas to come out from the competition that can help boost the defence and security of the country. The idea can be a concept, product or service, which may be at various levels of maturity.
SpaceX just completed another milestone in Crew Dragon’s historic journey. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have successfully docked the capsule with the International Space Station just under 19 hours after launch from Cape Canaveral. The largely automated process was uneventful. The crew tested manual operation at one point, which they said behaved much like the simulator.
Don’t expect a hasty return after this. Behnken and Hurley are expected to spend weeks aboard the ISS before returning to Earth. The capsule’s solar arrays are only rated for 119 days in space, so it will have to return by the fall no matter how eager the astronauts might be eager to stay. However long they stay, it’s a historic moment — this is the first time a crewed private spacecraft has docked in orbit. If all goes well, this is an important step toward making space more accessible.
During the early days of the coronavirus outbreak many wondered if the internet would end up going down due to the dramatic increase in traffic from remote working, distance learning and people keeping themselves occupied while stuck at home.
In fact, research from Cloudflare revealed that internet usage swelled by over 25 percent in most major cities around the world as a result of lockdown measures. Thankfully though, data center providers were able to upgrade capacity to handle this added strain on their networks.
The European Court of Justice (General Court) has today annulled a decision by the European Commission’s competition authority, which in 2016 blocked mobile operators O2 and Three UK from merging. The ruling found that the decision to block the £10.45bn deal had failed to prove that such a merger would damage competition.
A merger between Three UK and O2 was always likely to attract a disdainful eye from regulators because it would reduce the number of primary Mobile Network Operators (MNO) in the United Kingdom’s mobile telecoms market from four to three, which is something that Ofcom, the CMA and EU competition authorities all warned could affect competition (i.e. less choice for consumers, damage the MVNO market and higher prices).
Cable and fibre optic broadband ISP Virgin Media UK has today decided that they will NOT reopen any of their 53 remaining high street retail stores after the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) lockdown ends, although all of those impacted by the move (341 staff) will be offered alternative roles within the company.
Arguably the writing for this move has been on the wall for awhile and the operator has already significantly reduced their high street presence. At the start of this year alone Virgin Media revealed that it intended to close 25 more of its stores and kiosks across the United Kingdom, but we didn’t expect another bombshell to follow quite so soon.
Initial findings from a study by researchers at Swansea University and The University of Manchester on the use of the UK’s planned Covid-19 contact tracing app has evoked mixed reactions.
The study so far found that only one-third of people will be downloading the app, who indicated they will do so for the “greater good”. The rest of the survey participants responded that they will not be downloading the app or are not yet sure about it.
Some of the commonly shared concerns among the people are that the contract tracing app will infringe on the privacy of individuals and that it will stigmatise those infected with Covid-19. Certain participants in the survey also believe that the app will not be used by a sufficient number of people for it to be effective.
The UK civil service focuses too closely on price in procurement decisions, a new report has claimed, and “lacks the capability and capacity to fully understand” how new IT systems will create “societal impacts such as excluding certain groups of people from services, biased decision making, or a lack of privacy.” The result, it argues, is that “these implications are often not given due weight, particularly in a technology context, when many cannot be quantified in monetary terms.”
The report, Buying better technology in government, has been produced by think tank Doteveryone – which was founded by Martha Lane Fox, the digital entrepreneur who helped set up the Government Digital Service (GDS) in 2011. It argues that civil service organisations should improve their ability to understand the implications of different choices in digital systems’ design and development, and create processes to assess their impact following delivery.
The educational technology sector (edtech sector) in the UK has been found to be among the fastest growing in Europe as per new figures compiled by Dealroom.co for the Digital Economy Council.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a sudden rise of awareness of the unpreparedness of modern societies to deal with the consequences of widespread lockdown. But, says GlobalData Public Sector’s Tony Cripps, the shrewd use of ICT offers the potential for cities to finally channel their inner “smartness”.
It has taken years for the technology and telecoms industry to take security seriously, and now we are at the beginning of the same story arc with privacy.
Across all sectors of the UK public sector, the number of technology procurement opportunities has sharply decreased as a result of the global pandemic COVID-19.
UK telco Three has announced the appointment of Carlo Melis as Chief Network Officer just as the Huawei saga starts to rear its head once again.