DEFRA gives £1.8m broadband aid for Suffolk enterprises

05 March 2019

Matthew Hicks

Matthew Hicks

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has released £1.8m to help improve “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) coverage for enterprises in rural parts of Suffolk. 

The cash injection is expected to result in a further 550 business premises being covered. Currently, the existing £64m state aid-supported Better Broadband for Suffolk (BBS) project with BT’s Openreach has already achieved 93%+ coverage of superfast ISP networks - up from just 50% in 2013. The aim is to aim to reach 98% coverage by the end of next year.

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GCHQ on female recruitment drive

25 February 2019

GCHQ

GCHQ

Britain's cyber spy headquarters GCHQ has launched an all-female training course in a bid to recruit women spies and redress the gender imbalance in the intelligence community.

Based in Cheltenham, GCHQ said classes for  teenagers held across Britain in cyber-skills and intelligence will help to recruit more diversified agents.

 

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NFU survey: 16 per cent of farmers have access to superfast broadband

22 February 2019

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has found that just 16 per cent of members now have access to superfast broadband, albeit an increase of 12 per cent since 2015.

However, despite clear improvements to 4G services and increased access to superfast broadband, the results of the broadband and mobile survey still underlined the importance for improved coverage to help farmers and their businesses.

 

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TNP to advise public sector in Scotland

05 February 2019

Commercial director Chris Wade says TNP’s public sector experience shows that better network performance is often achieved by using the client’s existing infrastructure.

Commercial director Chris Wade says TNP’s public sector experience shows that better network performance is often achieved by using the client’s existing infrastructure.

Public sector network specialist TNP (The Networking People) has been awarded a place on a new network advice Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) established by the Scottish government. The system aims to give organisations, including local authorities, health trusts, universities and colleges, and easier access to a full range of technical network advice.

The DPS is said to build on the success of the Network Enablement Services Framework originally created by the Scottish government in 2014 to maximise efficiency and collaboration by embedding sustainable procurement for public sector network services.

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