BT uses Cisco SD-WAN for new global managed service

13 August 2018

The partners claim their offering puts users in the fast lane when it comes to cloud deployments and digital transformation.

The partners claim their offering puts users in the fast lane when it comes to cloud deployments and digital transformation.

BT has launched a new global managed service using Cisco’s SD-WAN technology. 

It’s claimed BT Connect Cisco SD-WAN provides customers with a clear view of data flows across their WAN.

The partners say this enables users to optimise traffic to suit business needs, balancing performance and cost. 

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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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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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