5G to deliver economic benefits ‘twice as fast as fibre’

14 March 2017

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5G infrastructure will outstrip the economic benefits of fixed fibre broadband in the UK by 2026, according to a new report by O2.

It comes as Ofcom outlined its schedule that will lead to the commercial launch of fifth generation mobile services in 2020.

O2’s report, Tech-onomy: measuring the impact of 5G on the nation’s economic growth, predicts the effects of digital connectivity on post-Brexit Britain.

The study and associated socio-economic modelling was conducted by independent research consultancy Development Economics.

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Mobile ‘not-spots’ eliminated at Sky

14 March 2017

Set over three floors, Sky Central has a total combined area of around 46,000sqm.

Set over three floors, Sky Central has a total combined area of around 46,000m2.

As part of consolidating its operations, Sky has extensively redeveloped its offices.

But with multiple floors and the use of dense materials at its site in Osterley, west London, wireless signals were heavily affected.

The biggest area of concern involved the second phase of the development, Sky Central.

Set over three floors, this has a total combined area of around 46,000m2 encompassing office space, a studio, production facilities, and R&D zones.

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Hyperoptic continues mission to provide UK’s fastest broadband

14 March 2017

Hyperoptic has been chosen to provide ultrafast FTTP broadband to Battersea Power Station (BPS) and Bellway Homes new development in Welwyn Garden City.

The iconic BPS is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. The 42 acre site will include retail, restaurant and office space, along with 3.5 million square feet of mixed commercial accommodation and 4,364 new homes. In addition, there will be a six acre public park, town square and a new tube station.

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The Intelligent Fabric for students

14 March 2017

The University of West London (UWL) is virtualising its core infrastructure in a move that is expected to improve network performance by up to 900 per cent.

As part of its digital transformation the university is moving away from a traditional network deployment to a new virtual chassis. Based on the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6900, it’s claimed this high-density platform will significantly reduce UWL’s network footprint and decrease operational expenses as power consumption and data centre costs are cut.

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