First quantum-based network in UK is virtually ‘un-hackable’

18 July 2018

The network ran across a standard fibre connection from Cambridge to BT’s labs at Adastral Park in Ipswich (pictured) in what’s claimed to be less than a thousandth of a second.

The network ran across a standard fibre connection from Cambridge to BT’s labs at Adastral Park in Ipswich (pictured) in what’s claimed to be less than a thousandth of a second.

BT says it has built the UK’s first practical quantum-secured high-speed fibre network.

It runs across a standard fibre connection through multiple BT exchanges over a distance of 120km, and is said to be capable of transferring data at 500Gbps.

The network is part of a collaborative project led by the Quantum Communications Hub and was constructed by researchers from BT, the University of York, and the University of Cambridge over the past two years.

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“Smartest” street showcases IoT

18 July 2018

Mosley Street was the world’s first street to be lit by an incandescent lightbulb. According to Cisco, it will now achieve another feat as the UK’s smartest street.

Mosley Street was the world’s first street to be lit by an incandescent lightbulb. According to Cisco, it will now achieve another feat as the UK’s smartest street.

Newcastle is claimed to have become home to the UK’s smartest street as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

Mosley Street and the connecting Neville Street will be equipped with IoT sensors to showcase the possibilities of smart city technologies.

Until 9 September, visitors will be able to experience several smart city applications which will be available either at the street installation, or through data displayed on screens throughout the city and integrated with the exhibition Wayfinding App.

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Vodafone to trial 5G in seven cities as part of ‘Gigabit UK’ programme

18 July 2018

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James Hope, Vodafone UK’s head of networks for the North, with a new 5G base station in Manchester which is one of seven cities set to become a test area.

Vodafone has unveiled seven UK cities that will become 5G test areas. Customers in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester will be able to try out the technology following rollouts that are scheduled to begin between October and December this year.

In June, the mobile operator said that its engineers were already laying the groundwork for 5G at more than 40 sites in the cities.

It said that discussions with a number of enterprise customers were also under way, with a view to testing new 5G applications such as AR and VR in offices, factories and hospitals.

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TfL trebles BYOD users in one year

18 July 2018

Experts say that for TfL to build a truly digital transport service, it must enable staff to work on devices they are familiar with.

Experts say that for TfL to build a truly digital transport service, it must enable staff to work on devices they are familiar with.

Transport for London (TfL) has increased the number of users on its bring your own device scheme by 170 per cent in a single year, according to new research from the Parliament Street think tank.

Following a Freedom of Information request, TfL disclosed 816 devices registered under its BYOD scheme in the 2016 financial year which grew to 2,328 for the 2017 financial year.

When mapped against publicly available staff records of 28,000 employees, Parliament Street says the data suggests the organisation has nearly trebled the number of people who are permitted to work using their personal mobile device or laptop.

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Career news

Big Data = big bucks

Recruitment survey reveals how Big Data specialists are commanding the highest salaries.

Network knowledge, p15, May issue

Feature

The promised WAN

"Companies are paying to backhaul traffic to bring remote users onto a network that they don’t need to access.”

Yogi Chandiramani, Zscaler

Case studies

The pleasure principle

Connecting leisure venues and events – including campus-wide Wi-Fi at the iconic Welsh village of Portmeiron.

Real world networks, p8, May issue