Comms Business is delighted to announce that the IP Telephony Guide is now available to readers. In this specialist supplement Comms Business offers readers an insight into the current IP Telephony landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic and where the opportunities sit for partners to help businesses maintain flexible working practises.
Mobile operator O2 (Telefonica UK) has refunded a number of their customers for over-charging following a double “billing issue“, which wouldn’t be nearly so interesting if it wasn’t for the fact that the problem itself occurred over 10 years ago (i.e. some refunds are from as far back as 15 years). Better late than never? That’s a stretch
The UK telecoms regulator has today opened a short consultation on their proposal to push back some key decisions regarding the retirement process for Openreach’s (BT) copper lines in favour of fibre optic broadband. In short, Ofcom wants to see a bit more FTTP roll-out take place first (for experience), before they set out a final plan.
Workplace chat apps have existed for years, but few have “disrupted” office culture more than Slack. It’s converted back-and-forth threads into chirpy instant messages. It’s replaced water cooler conversation with silent DMs. It’s reorganized discussions around specific topics, added more transparency to those discussions, and made workplace communique a lot less formal (see: Slackmoji). In some cases, especially during the months-long work-from-home experiment of 2020, it’s even replaced the office itself
In this interview Neville Bird, CEO of ReTell, spoke to Comm Business about the perceived safety in having recurring revenue in your Channel business.
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The UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) said that its latest study called ‘Online Nation’ showed that internet usage in the country has surged to record levels with adults spending a little over four hours online amid the Covid-19 situation.
A new survey called ‘Poll for UK Robotics Week’ from the EPSRC UK-RAS Network found that one among three UK adults see an important role for the use of robotics in handling the Covid-19 crisis and future pandemics.
Many people have been stressed for months due to upheavals in work patterns. Reducing burnout is one of the more sustainable goals you can achieve as a manager
At its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple introduced a litany of new security and privacy features that fit into what the company calls its four privacy principles. Today, Google is announcing its own privacy-focused improvements as well, under what Google CEO Sundar Pichai says are “three important principles” of privacy.
We are reflecting on the impact of our experimental first phase of the GovTech Catalyst. We found promising solutions to some of the hardest public sector challenges. The Catalyst has connected private sector innovators with the public sector, using Innovate UK’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). After a successful first phase, we have started releasing £1 million of funds to each of the public sector teams starting Phase 2.
Okay, the world is indeed crazy. We can’t hide from it or hope that it just blows over sooner or later. We’re dealing with it now and that means it’s impacting our work, our family lives, and even our sanity from time to time. One of the stalwart things that has been impacted by this is the summer conference schedule. We’ve had Aruba Atmosphere, Cisco Live, VMworld, and even Microsoft Ignite transition from being held in-person to a virtual format complete with shortened schedules and pre-recorded sessions. I’ve attended a couple of these so far for work and as an analyst, and I think I’ve figured it out.
Openreach (BT) has confirmed to ISPreview.co.uk that they do not intend to build their G.fast based “ultrafast broadband” (100Mbps+) ISP network to any more UK homes until April 2021. The service has been on pause since last year, when the operator re-focused toward gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology.
Microsoft has announced it will purchase the industrially focused network security vendor CyberX for an undisclosed sum in an effort to bolster the security capabilities of its Azure IoT platform.
Google just redefined sharing in a very powerful. It’s called text fragment linking, and it works really well for a first time out of the box
In light of COVID-19, our lives at both home and work are rapidly adapting to anew normal. Efficiency, speed and remote working are now the way we engage, and embracing those areas is key to success in a new market dynamic. Our customers are telling us that reducing costs, optimising operations and infrastructure,and capitalising on growth are the new business priorities. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the changing business environment, the impacts on channel organisations, and how BT Wholesale’s professional services portfolio can help support you to boost your cash flow and capitalise on the opportunities for bounce back
Cisco has addressed two high severity vulnerabilities in its Webex video conferencing software that could have allowed unprivileged attackers to run programs and code on vulnerable systems.
The two vulnerabilities, tracked as CVE-2020-3263 and CVE-2020-3342, affect Cisco Webex Meetings Desktop App releases earlier than version 39.5.12. and all Webex users should update their software to the latest version to avoid falling victim to any potential exploits.
In an advisory concerning the arbitrary program execution flaw affecting Webex’s Windows client, Cisco provided more details on the vulnerability and explained what an attacker could do to a user’s system following a successful exploit, saying:
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“The vulnerability is due to improper validation of input that is supplied to application URLs. The attacker could exploit this vulnerability by persuading a user to follow a malicious URL. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to cause the application to execute other programs that are already present on the end-user system. If malicious files are planted on the system or on an accessible network file path, the attacker could execute arbitrary code on the affected system.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a £1bn plan to help children ‘catch up’ on their education following the lockdown, including one-to-one or small group tuition.
£650m is to be shared across state primary and secondary schools through the 2020-21 academic year and £350m will go towards a ‘national tutoring programme’, a high-quality programme for up to two million of the most disadvantage young people.
During the announcement, the PM thanked teachers, childcare workers and support staff for their work and said he was ‘determined’ to get all children back in school from September.
The package will focus on the most disadvantaged pupils in the country and aim to make up for lost teaching time, but early years providers and colleges for 16 to 19-year-olds were not mentione
Businesses use on-prem and cloud-based unified communications (UC) to connect distributed workforces but often don’t realize the security threats hidden within popular UC services, but they should, and they should address them.
There has been a sharp rise in eMeetings, Voice over IP (VoIP) and other UC capabilities as companies shift to a work-from-home (WFH) model because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t expect this trend to abate any time soon as 93% of CXOs that responded to a ZK Research study say they see a permanent 30% uplift in the number of remote employees.
Doug Gurr will take up a temporary role as an adviser to the Cabinet Office’s Digital Service team
Ministers have roped in Amazon’s top UK executive to supervise work on the Government’s official website, as millions flock to gov.uk for support services during the pandemic….
With increased migration to cloud services and bigger 5G deployments, service providers need to make the move to telco edge clouds, according to a Juniper executive.
Speaking at Thursday’s Wells Fargo Securities 2020 Virtual 5G Forum, Juniper’s Kevin Hutchins said his company is looking to provide an alternative to carriers partnering with the hyperscale cloud providers for building telco edge clouds.