Sue Bateman, Deputy Director for Data and Innovation at the Government Digital Service (GDS), explores data use in government and in this vein, where we’re going next
Network access provider Openreach (BT) has today launched a new consultation on their plans to close 4,600 exchanges across the United Kingdom, which is largely reflective of the inevitable move away from copper-based broadband lines and toward a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) orientated future.
Both Apple and Google have un veiled their app ‘awards’, but since the criteria for these are opaque and presumably have a commercial element, they’re fairly meaningless. Of much more interest are the simple charts showing which were downloaded the most. Apple has published these for 2020, but Google just has its standard charts, which presumably cover the past few weeks.
he British government has brought forward a ban preventing carriers from installing Huawei’s telecoms equipment.
Operators are banned from installing Huawei’s equipment in the UK’s 5G networks from September 2021, the government has said. The vendor’s gear is still banned from purchase as of 31st December 2020.
Network access provider Openreach (BT) has confirmed that they’ve “reluctantly” begun a high court case against budget broadband ISP TalkTalk, which reportedly centres on a dispute over unpaid fees (said to be worth c.£16m) for wholesale access to its high-speed fibre optic based Ethernet products.
The troubled Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) project faced heavy criticism yesterday after UK Government MPs in the House of Commons highlighted on-going delays in awarding the new Phase 2 rollout contract(s), which aim to extend “superfast broadband” into more rural areas. But Christmas may bring a resolution.
What part can artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) play in the automation of the network? A panel of experts give their thoughts on the future of smart connectivity.
Salisbury is the pilot for the eventual retirement of the Openreach copper network and anyone in the exchange area now upgrading, regrading or switching their broadband or telephone provider they will only be able to order FTTP (full fibre) products.
It’s almost December and the signs are pointing to a continuation of the current state of working from home for a lot of people out there. Whether it’s a surge in cases that is causing businesses to close again or a change in the way your company looks at offices and remote work, you’re likely going to ring in the new year at your home keyboard in your pajamas with a cup of something steaming next to your desk.
In a year when public sector procurement has been subject to intense scrutiny, open data could be the key to regaining the public’s lost trust
There should be a “mandatory transparency obligation” for UK public sector organisations that use algorithms to make decisions affecting people’s lives, an independent review has advised.
The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI), a panel that advises the UK government on artificial intelligence and data-driven technology, said public bodies should be required to publish information on how the decision to use an algorithm was made, the type of algorithm used, how it was used, and the steps taken to ensure fair treatment.
Openreach (BT) has generated a furious response from alternative UK broadband networks (AltNets) after they introduced a new fee on certain FTTP linked connections, which broadband ISPs have described as being “punitive” and a “blatant attempt by [the operator] to regain a monopoly” that is likely to “slow the rollout of full fibre.”
Large telcos and networking vendors have long used service level agreements (SLAs) to overpromise and underdeliver, leaving customers with serious service issues and substandard connectivity
The UK has left the EU, and the transition period will end on 31 December 2020. For businesses and organisations in the telecoms and information services sector, general guidance on the actions needed by December 31 can be found below.
This week saw a big change in ambition from the Government in terms of helping deliver a Gigabit UK.
The Spending Review saw the old as close to 100% coverage of Gigabit broadband target watered down to 85% with £1.2 billion of funding to help in the non commercial areas.
Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada. These cells, produced on site by Panasonic, are destined to be bundled together by the thousands in the battery packs of new Teslas. But not all the batteries are cut out for a life on the road. Panasonic ships truckloads of cells that don’t pass their qualification tests to a facility in Carson City, about a half hour’s drive south. This is the home of Redwood Materials, a small company founded in 2017 with an ambition to become the anti-Gigafactory, a place where batteries are cooked down into raw materials that will serve as the grist for new cells.
Crowdsourced benchmarking firm Tutela has just published the results of a new study, which examined the effect of network congestion on 4G and the latest ultrafast 5G based mobile broadband networks from EE (BT), Vodafone, O2 and Three UK. Sadly Three suffered the most and slowed by over 36% during peak hours, on average.
Budget UK phone and broadband ISP TalkTalk has reportedly approached Sky Broadband and Vodafone about the possibility of combining forces in a legal challenge to halt a key change in Ofcom’s Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review 2021-26 (FTMR), which could result in Openreach (BT) charging higher wholesale prices.
Britain’s audit sector, dominated by the so-called Big Four accountancy giants, is shortly expected to discover how it must reinvent itself amid a series of probes into alleged corruption, including one linked to the collapse of German electronic payments group Wirecard.
The on-going rollout of gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP networks across the UK, as well as in other countries, may soon be starting to benefit from the use of Augmented Reality. This can help engineers to see – with more clarity than ever – exactly what sort of infrastructure already exists under the surface.
A petition calling on the Government to reverse a pay freeze on civil servants has been signed by more than 100,000 people.
The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union called for a parliamentary debate following support for its campaign to reward civil servants with a decent wage rise after a “decade of pay restraint”.
The union said Civil Service pay has fallen in value by around 20% over 10 years while government workers have been “overpaying“ to their pension contributions.
Rishi Sunak has spent billions of pounds rescuing the economy during the year of Covid, but he needs to go further.
To start with, the chancellor, who set out his 2021-22 spending plans last week, needs to make permanent the £20-a-week increase in universal credit which is due to expire in the spring. Without that increase, about 6 million households, many of them the most vulnerable to financial shocks, will lose £1,000 a year of vital funds just as the unemployment rate is expected to hit its post-pandemic peak.
He also needs to reverse the £10bn of cuts to Whitehall departments due to take effect next year. These are spending reductions that will hammer the budgets of those areas left unprotected by his guarantees to boost spending for health, schools and the military.
The chief executive of an organisation championed by Matt Hancock to promote a “digital transformation” in the NHS remains in post a year after the health secretary appointed him, without interview, on a temporary basis.
NHSX has been heavily promoted by Hancock, who created it in 2019 to spur digital change in the health service. During the pandemic he has assigned it high-priority projects as part of the UK’s coronavirus response.
Excerpts from a draft Deloitte audit, compiled in January and seen by the Guardian, state that Matthew Gould, a former diplomat and civil servant, was appointed chief executive of NHSX by the health secretary on a “temporary” basis.
Public sector’s use of algorithms with social impacts needs to be more transparent to foster trust and hold organisations responsible for the negative outcomes their systems may produce, says report
Crown Commercial Service is offering nearly £150,000 for the role of chief digital information officer, who will be in charge of developing and delivering its digital and data strategy