Swedish specialist brings ‘DIY’ fibre networks to UK councils

09 April 2018

As part of an initial project, Stoke’s city council plans to extend fibre connectivity to the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone, a 140 hectare site that is being transformed into a tailor-made location to attract businesses.

As part of an initial project, Stoke’s city council plans to extend fibre connectivity to the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone, a 140 hectare site that is being transformed into a tailor-made location to attract businesses.

Swedish FTTH specialist VXFIBER has launched in the UK and claims its open access business model will provide a practical blueprint for local authorities to follow.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has already teamed-up with the firm in an effort to encourage competition among service providers whilst giving consumers wider choice.

Through a public-private collaboration, VXFIBER partners with local authorities to invest and install their own high-speed fibre assets, what it calls the “passive layer” of the network.

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Government-funded projects pave the way to make UK a 5G leader

09 April 2018

The government has announced the winners of a £25m competition to pave the way for the rollout of 5G technology.

The six testbed projects will receive between £2m and £5m in government grants as part of a total investment of £41m from private sector and other public sector funding.

The winners include 5G RuralFirst which is led by Cisco with the University of Strathclyde as lead partner.

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JASMIN to be twice as capable after upgrade

09 April 2018

While conventional computers take months or weeks to crunch massive environmental science data sets, JASMIN’s 1,700 registered users will be able to get results in just days or hours.

While conventional computers take months or weeks to crunch massive environmental science data sets, JASMIN’s 1,700 registered users will be able to get results in just days or hours.

The UK’s leading environmental science supercomputer is being upgraded to offer double the storage capacity.

JASMIN gives the European climate and Earth-system science communities the ability to access very large sets of environmental data, which are typically too big for them to download to their own computers.

Its 1,700 registered users can then process these data sets very quickly which reduces the time it takes to test new ideas and get results from months or weeks to days or hours.

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Small firms hit hardest by downtime

09 April 2018

UK businesses lost almost 82 million hours to internet outages in 2017, according to research conducted by Beaming.

Earlier this year, the Hastings-based business ISP commissioned an independent survey of business leaders in 514 UK companies to identify the average amount of working time lost to internet outages.

It discovered that, on average, businesses suffered two major internet outages each during 2017 that prevented them from trading or accessing vital services online.

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