A budget that puts technology at the heart of Britain’s future

23 November 2017

Speaking yesterday, chancellor Philip Hammond said: “Today we invest over £500m in a range of initiatives from artificial intelligence, to 5G and full fibre broadband.

Speaking yesterday, chancellor Philip Hammond said: “Today we invest over £500m in a range of initiatives from artificial intelligence, to 5G and full fibre broadband.

Yesterday’s budget prompted a flurry of comments from the industry, with many broadly applauding the chancellor’s announcement of spending £500m on technology programmes.

The investment will back a range of initiatives, including full fibre broadband, artificial intelligence and driverless cars.

It also includes £160m on 5G development.

While this was particularly welcomed by a number of operators and service providers, many also expressed concerns.

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Virtualisation deployment “lagging” as industry faces new roadblocks

20 November 2017

CSPs and telcos were asked to rank their number one business driver for virtualisation – the ability to create new services came top. SOURCE: THE FUTURE OF NETWORKS, CARTESIAN

CSPs and telcos were asked to rank their number one business driver for virtualisation – the ability to create new services came top. SOURCE: THE FUTURE OF NETWORKS, CARTESIAN

Despite a clear desire to virtualise networks and shift to cloud-based technology, communication service Providers (CSPs) are facing serious roadblocks along the way.

Specialist consulting firm Cartesian says progress is being “hampered by a lack of technical maturity and operational issues that have proven to be even harder than many expected”.

In its recently published Future of Networks report, the company says it carried out more than 40 interview and surveyed more than 100 decision-makers from telecoms vendors, system integrators and CSPs.

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Retailers accelerate cloud investment as trust in outsourced technology grows

20 November 2017

Loss of sales remains the top business risk. SOURCE: MINIMISING IT RISK IN RETAIL, SIX DEGREES

Loss of sales remains the top business risk. SOURCE: MINIMISING IT RISK IN RETAIL, SIX DEGREES

The retail industry has seen significant growth in both trust and adoption of cloud-based technologies, according to recent research by Six Degrees.

In a survey of 35 UK and Ireland based mid-market retailers, the managed service provider found 94 per cent are now happy to use cloud-based systems for business-critical applications.  

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Healthcare IT pros run the risk of flatlining when it comes to dealing with cyber attacks

17 November 2017

Seven per cent of the IT pros surveyed did not know what operating systems their medical devices were running on.

Seven per cent of the IT pros surveyed did not know what operating systems their medical devices were running on.

The healthcare industry is leaving itself open to cyber attacks because of poor network knowledge and practises, according to a new study by Infoblox.

In a survey carried out in July, the network intelligence specialist found that 26 per cent of healthcare organisations questioned would be willing to pay up in the event of a ransomware attack.

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