UK organisations unprepared for EU financial instruments directive

07 December 2017

There are now less than 30 days to go before the legislation comes into force with tough financial penalties for non-compliance.

There are now less than 30 days to go before the legislation comes into force with tough financial penalties for non-compliance.

The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) comes into force on 3 January 2018, but 39 per cent of UK financial organisations are unaware whether their organisation is compliant or not, says new research.

MiFID II is EU legislation that regulates firms who provide services to clients linked to ‘financial instruments’ and the venues where those instruments are traded.

Part of the directive states that firms will be obliged to record all communications that are intended to result in a transaction.

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Everyone must help pay for Openreach FTTP

29 November 2017

Openreach estimates that connecting ten million properties across the country with FTTP will cost up to £6bn.

Openreach estimates connecting ten million properties across the country with FTTP will cost up to £6bn.

Openreach says it will have to pass on the costs of building a large-scale FTTP network to its wholesale customers. 

Since mid-July, the firm has been consulting customers such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone, amongst hundreds of others represented by the Federation of Communications Services.

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SSE and Thames Water: putting the pee in FTTP?

28 November 2017

SSE says using Thames Water’s waste network will enable it to roll out fibre networks up to 10 times faster.

SSE says using Thames Water’s waste network will enable it to roll out fibre networks up to 10 times faster.

Thames Water has agreed to allow SSE Enterprise Telecoms to distribute fibre optic cables throughout its waste water network.

By using Thames Water’s existing infrastructure as part of an ‘operating licence to deploy’ agreement, SSE says it will reduce network installation costs by 60 per cent and implement connectivity services up to 10 times faster than through traditional digs.

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Networked CCTV system helps protect students and staff at Loughborough University

17 November 2017

OSS installed an IndigoVision Control Centre, a fully integrated system that is said to allow video, access control and alarms to be easily managed.

OSS installed an IndigoVision Control Centre, a fully integrated system that is said to allow video, access control and alarms to be easily managed.

Loughborough University has upgraded its CCTV security network to increase the level of protection for the 17,975 students and 3,787 members of staff that study, work, live on or visit the campus. 

The project was completed by security and IT infrastructure solutions specialist OpenView Security Solutions (OSS) which also claims to be the UK’s largest privately owned independent security firm.

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