City firms to receive affordable high-speed fibre broadband for the first time

18 June 2018

A map showing when each area of the City of London is due to have FTTP installed.

A map showing when each area of the City of London is due to have FTTP installed.

London’s ‘Square Mile’ will be one of the first places in the UK to benefit from a city-wide roll-out of ultrafast broadband services.

On 16 May, 21 Whitefriars Street became the first office building in the area to be connected up to the high-speed technology as part of Openreach’s Fibre First programme. Throughout 2018, 12,000 more premises across the rest of the City will be given access to the service. 

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Government decides internet is ‘ok’ as it begins shift from PSN

18 June 2018

Which way now for public sector networks? Some experts believe the PSN was built for a "different age".

Which way now for public sector networks? Some experts believe the PSN was built for a "different age".

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is planning to move away from the PSN (public services network), and will look at ways of using the internet instead.

Early last year, the GDS’ Technology Leaders Network had decided that government was now on a journey away from the PSN.

In a blog posted in mid-May 2018, John Strudwick, the GDS’ deputy director of technology, architecture and standards, wrote:

"As we continue to move away from the PSN, we need to think about the new standards we use to share services and exchange data so there is trust in the interaction and integrity in the data.

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Sky and SSE partner for nationwide Ethernet connectivity

14 June 2018

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In a separate deal, SSE will also work with Three UK to support its network’s growth and expansion goals.

SSE Enterprise Telecoms and Sky Business have partnered to deliver new high-capacity Ethernet connectivity solutions to businesses across the UK. 

Sky Business is Sky’s B2B division. In addition to its entertainment portfolio, the company provides services that include Wi-Fi and a national Layer 2 Ethernet platform that offers dedicated connectivity to communications providers across the country. 

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Kao expands high-speed services with Ai connection to LINX

14 June 2018

Ai has enhanced its carrier neutral services from Kao’s London ONE data centre in the London-Stansted-Cambridge technology corridor.

Ai has enhanced its carrier neutral services from Kao’s London ONE data centre in the London-Stansted-Cambridge technology corridor.

Kao Data has expanded its high-speed network capabilities with its connection to the London Internet Exchange (LINX) through its partnership with Ai Networks. 

As a vPoP (virtual point of presence), Ai has enhanced its carrier neutral services from Kao’s London ONE data centre through LINX.

As a result, Kao claims customers in the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor can now take advantage of new opportunities for more reliable worldwide integrated services.  

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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