Ofcom to go ahead with sale of spectrum despite legal challenge

09 February 2018

The operator that will be the most affected by Ofcom’s proposed spectrum caps is BT/EE which already holds about 42 per cent of all available cellular frequencies. PHOTO: EE

The operator that will be the most affected by Ofcom’s proposed spectrum caps is BT/EE which already holds about 42 per cent of all available cellular frequencies. PHOTO: EE

Ofcom has announced plans to go ahead with auctioning spectrum in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands despite pending legal action by Three UK.

While the 2.3GHz frequencies can be deployed immediately (after they have been awarded to operators) to improve mobile services for customers, 3.4GHz spectrum can be used for future 5G networks.

Ofcom had planned to hold the auction in autumn 2017 but was delayed by litigation brought by Three and BT/EE.

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NHS uses data analytics for "sickness surveillance system"

09 February 2018

The NHS has implemented a “sickness surveillance system” to help plan for surges in demand over the winter.

Data gathered by Public Health England (PHE) are being used by NHS England’s operational monitoring teams to study winter trends, and to help give early warnings about rising outbreaks of flu, respiratory syncytial virus, norovirus, as well as other acute seasonal illnesses.

PHE first gathered these data in 2012 to try and predict illnesses that could have impacted the Olympic Games.

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Outsourcing in Europe sees uplift

09 February 2018

Annual contract values of outsourcing deals (€billions) by type in EMEA for 2017. ITO outsourcing still dominates but IaaS is growing as is SaaS while business process outsourcing is starting to decline. SOURCE: EMEA ISG INDEX

Annual contract values of outsourcing deals (billions) by type in EMEA for 2017. ITO outsourcing still dominates but IaaS is growing as is SaaS while business process outsourcing is starting to decline. SOURCE: EMEA ISG INDEX

The EMEA sourcing market rebounded in the final quarter of 2017, with double-digit growth in both traditional and as-a-service contracting values over the previous quarter, according to Information Services Group (ISG).

The technology research and advisory firm compiles a regular index measuring commercial outsourcing contracts with annual contract value (ACV) of €4m.

Its index for Q4 2017 reveals the EMEA market, which fell sharply in Q3 after starting the year strongly, was up 27 per cent sequentially.

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Samsung unveils its first UK connected stadium

09 February 2018

Giant connected LEDs measuring a total of 120m2 are being installed at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Giant connected LEDs measuring a total of 120m2 are being installed at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The home of Hampshire Cricket, the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, is planning to become a fully connected stadium.

Giant Samsung LED screens and what’s described as “leading-edge” Wi-Fi technology are to be installed by the end of April and ready for the new cricket season.

The Ageas Bowl is working with Evolve AV, part of the Hampshire-based Onecom group of companies, in a deal that will see the venue become a showcase for Samsung’s technology.

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