Outdated operating systems and poor security put consumer PCs at risk
Consumer PCs are twice as likely to get infected as business PCs, new research from Webroot has revealed. According to the company’s findings, the reason consumer PCs are more susceptible to infections is due to the fact that many are running outdated operating systems such as Windows 7 and because consumers aren’t employing the same security solutions used by businesses which offer greater protection. Of the infected consumer devices, more than 35 percent were infected over three times and nearly 10 percent encountered six or more infections.
The UK Government has today announced £65m in public funding to help conduct innovative new R&D trials of 5G style applications and specific wireless broadband connectivity solutions, which among other things includes £30m for nine projects under the Rural Connected Communities (RCC) programme.
The UK business remained the high-flyer in the group, with reported revenues up 4.7% for the year, to €7.1 billion ($7.7 billion). In Germany, Telefónica managed a modest 1.1% improvement in sales, to €7.4 billion ($8 billion).
The Spanish telecom giant today reported a 0.6% dip in sales last year, to around €48.4 billion ($52.3 billion), and saw underlying profits (or OIBDA, for operating income before depreciation and amortisation) fall 2.9%, to €15.1 billion ($16.3 billion), as restructuring costs tore into profitability. Telefónica said revenues and OIBDA grew 3.2% and 1.9% respectively on a like-for-like basis. It is guiding for stable revenues and OIBDA this year.
The operator cut more than 4,500 jobs in 2019, nearly 4% of total positions, as it worked to boost profits under its latest strategy of doubling down on a smaller number of key markets, according to financial results published this morning.
Users in the UK will soon fall under US jurisdiction following Brexit.
In the aftermath of Brexit, Google plans to shift UK accounts outside the control of European Union privacy regulations, and under US jurisdiction instead
The move is expected to make information more accessible to UK law enforcement, and leave data with less robust protection than is afforded by EU standards.
40% year-over year SD-WAN growth through 2022 is being fueled by relationships built between vendors including Cisco, VMware, Juniper, and Arista and service provders AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Anthos, and IBM RedHat.
The Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) in East Sussex has agreed to invest £1.66m into a new 3 mile long fibre optic ring network in the centre of Brighton, which will be used to connect up key public sector sites in the city centre with the Brighton Digital Exchange (BDX) and a 5G mobile test bed at New England House.
Smartphones and tablets are such a fixture of our lives that it’s hard to imagine that it’s not even 13 years since Apple’s first iPhone launched. Since then, mobile devices have transformed the way we do everything from shopping and socialising, through dating and political activism, to media consumption.
The revolution that began in the personal sphere has also had a major impact in the professional domain. Many organisations in both the private and public sectors now leverage developments in mobile technology to improve the delivery of back-end applications and data to mobile workers, in turn improving productivity, morale and helping achieve a better work-life balance.
Public sector organisations need to adopt a ‘continual optimisation’ approach to their use of their cloud services, according to new guidance from the Government Digital Service (GDS).
It has published the guide to help public authorities deal with the variations in costs that result form the ‘pay as you go’ model of many cloud offerings.
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is setting up a procurement framework for automation solutions.
It has published a notice inviting potential suppliers to apply for places on a dynamic purchasing system named the Automation Marketplace. The contract will initially stand for two years with the potential for two one-year extensions, and estimating the value at up £100 million.
CCS has outlined four service filters for the framework: design, involving strategy and business information; build, taking in problem solving and technology solutions; live, with resources and training; and software licences.
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have released the latest details of complaints received from Suppliers via their Public Procurement Review Service.
The results across the board show that most complaints are lower for 2019 than 2018, particularly in Procurement Process, the biggest complaint type is now Payment which has grown by 63% on the on the previous year. Generally this refers to invoices not being settled in 30 days, something that the Government has set its sights on reducing.
Ericsson has launched two new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered offerings in its Network Services portfolio, enabling communications service providers to secure always-on networks and deliver optimal user experiences.
The two new portfolio additions — Network Intelligence and Omni Network Channel – are part of Ericsson’s Network Services offering. They employ AI, automation and predictive analytics to address the complex reality faced by communications service providers: exponential data growth and the continuous introduction of new technologies such as 5G, digital transformation, and scattered information sources and insights.
Mobile operator Three UK, which from the end of this month will have expanded their new ultrafast 5G mobile (mobile broadband) network to cover 65 new locations (here), has signed a new nationwide backhaul capacity deal to harness Cityfibre’s growing full fibre network in order to fuel their new service.
As a result of this deal Three UK claims to have become the first mobile operator to leverage Cityfibre’s national full fibre network to support its 5G rollout, although some of their rivals also have general mobile capacity deals with the operator. In any case the move should complement Three UK’s existing fibre optic capacity deals with companies like SSE Enterprise Telecoms etc
Central digital units can drive progress across government – but they’re not easy to establish or develop. At the Government Digital Summit, top officials from 15 countries heard how Sweden is building its team, before swapping views on how to make central units effective.
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…
A recent study shows that the UK telecoms industry’s European earnings have grown 40% since the 2016 referendum
Since the idea of Brexit was first floated to the public, there has been much debate as to its economic impact on all sectors of the UK economy. Expert forecasts of ‘doom and gloom’ have been written off by politicians and pubgoers alike as ‘scaremongering’, but what has been the reality for the UK telecoms industry so far?
The UK Department for Transport has selected three firms for a funding of £1.5m to trial their data-driven transport projects to tackle traffic congestion.
The winning firms are Vivacity, im23, and INRIX.
The UK’s weather service, the Met Office, will spend £1.2 billion to acquire the world’s most powerful climate supercomputer, the government has announced. That’s over ten times more than its current Cray XC40 cost, but it will deliver more timely and accurate forecasts. That could make the difference in knowing whether your flight will be canceled or your street flooded, according to the service.
Selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.
These are the seven characteristics that should guide and inform the work of all holders of public office – from cabinet ministers and permanent secretaries, through to front-line social workers and nurses. Known as the Nolan Principles, this septet of tenets was codified in 1995 by the then-newly established Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Lisa Barrett, director of digital identity at the Government Digital Service (GDS), spoke at Digital Government
Her talk was described on the event website and in its official programme as discussing “the real deal with Verify and how digital identity is now scaling in the public sector and plans for the private sector and beyond”.
The growing use of cloud services is changing the pattern and the volume of branch-office data across the WAN, but wireless cellular services along with the intelligence of software-defined WAN can help keep traffic and costs in line.
Three officially launched their 5G network in August last year, although this only covered central London. At the same time, they announced plans for a wider rollout to 25 locations by the end of 2019, but unforeseen difficulties saw this plan postponed. Now, the company is finally ready to switch on its 5G networks in 66 UK towns and cities by the end of February, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, and Manchester.
UK public sector buying organisation YPO has launched a public sector drones framework that guides how to procure drones and associated products and services for the emergency service and the larger public sector.
The public sector needs to bring green thinking to its dealings with suppliers and partners, writes Ellen Wilson, sustainability lead for local and regional government at Microsoft UK.
Boris Johnson has changed all the key Cabinet appointments responsible for tech and digital policy for the second time since becoming prime minister last year
So long, and thanks for all the certificates
31 January 2020, marked the formal closure of the Commodity Assurance Services (Telecommunications) scheme, also known as CAS(T). This decision was taken last summer after a review and consultation period following the publication of the UK Telecoms Supply Chain Review