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Five million UK homes suffered broadband outage last year

Nearly five million people have suffered a broadband outage of three hours or more in the last year, according to new research.

A report by comparison service Uswitch.com said the average home had experienced more than a day – 29 hours – offline in total in the last 12 months.


Huawei-built Papua New Guinea data centre riddled with security flaws

A data centre built by beleaguered Chinese tech giant Huawei for Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2018 is plagued with cybersecurity issues, exposing PNG Government data to hackers.

A report commissioned by the Australia-funded PNG National Cyber Security Centre and authored by a security expert hired by the Australian Government claimed old encryption software employed by Huawei exposed data to threat actors.


Global internet speeds dropped by 6.31% during Covid-19

Exactly how the seismic uptake in data consumption impacted connection speeds during lockdown has been a hot topic throughout the pandemic.

A number of providers have released a raft of data showing the disruption to their networks (or lack thereof), but it’s been hard to parse a global picture from the smattering of reports released so far.

For those seeking a conclusive and comprehensive account of how the world’s networks were impacted by the surge in content streaming, video streaming and online gaming by home-bound populations, they can look no further than Cable.co.uk’s pretty exhaustive analysis, released this week.


BT CTO warns against fast-tracked removal of Huawei 5G infrastructure

Telecoms firms have warned that bringing forward the date by which they must remove Huawei equipment from 5G networks risks significant service blackouts.

The warning came in response to questioning by Conservative MP Mark Francois during an evidence session for the Defence Sub-Committee with executives from BT and Vodafone.


Google announces new subsea cable running between US, UK and Spain

A new transatlantic subsea cable running between the US, the UK and Spain has been announced by Google in a bid to meet ever-growing connectivity demands.

Once commissioned, it will be one of the tech giant’s first new cables to connect the US and UK since 2003, aimed at increasing capacity and helping drive some of Google’s core services, such as video communication platform Meet, Gmail and Google Cloud.


Renewable energy to power Vodafone’s entire European network by 2021

Mobile giant Vodafone has said its European network will be powered by 100% renewable electricity by no later than July 2021.

Vodafone runs networks in 26 countries and offers cloud and colocation services via data centres in UK, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, US, Hong Kong, and Singapore.


HPE acquires SD-WAN company Silver Peak for $925 million

Enterprise IT giant HPE has acquired Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) company Silver Peak for a deal valued at $925 million.

Silver Peak will be combined with HPE’s Aruba Networks once the transaction is approved by regulators.


Huawei infrastructure to be removed from UK 5G network by 2027

Chinese tech giant Huawei’s equipment will be stripped from the UK’s 5G network by 2027, adding millions to the cost and delaying the delivery of the high-speed mobile network.

The National Security Council took the decision – which will increase tensions with Beijing – after the impact of US sanctions raised concerns about Huawei’s continued involvement in the UK’s 5G infrastructure.


UK and EU space agencies seek 5G applications for logistics

Companies are being asked to share ideas on how 5G terrestrial and space technology could be used to support the UK’s logistics businesses.

The call for proposals is part of a joint effort by the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), with hopes of increasing connectivity and closing the digital divide for businesses in the sector.


UK Government readies £500m investment into OneWeb satellite infrastructure

The UK Government is ready to invest up to £500m for a 20 percent stake in OneWeb, the British satellite Internet company which filed for bankruptcy in March.

OneWeb filed for bankruptcy in the US after coronavirus halted its attempts to secure funding for a commercial launch.


10,000 jobs planned to roll out full fibre infrastructure across UK

Plans have been unveiled to create 10,000 jobs to deliver full fibre infrastructure to more than 100 towns and cities.

CityFibre, the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform, announced a three-year recruitment and training programme to help upgrade the UK’s digital infrastructure to full fibre.

The firm said it will target specific groups, including those who have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and more women and individuals from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, both of which are under-represented in the construction industry.


Virgin Media and O2 deal confirmed: Firms pen £31bn mega-merger

Virgin Media and O2 are to merge to create a £31 billion media and telecoms giant, their parent firms have announced.

Liberty Global and Telefonica – the owners of Virgin Media and O2 respectively – had confirmed on Monday that they were in discussions over a possible combination.



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