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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.


BT ditches dividend to accelerate full fibre rollout to 20m UK homes

BT has scrapped its dividend for the next two years as it copes with the fallout from the coronavirus lockdown and will instead increase its full fibre broadband rollout.

Chief executive Philip Jansen, who recently recovered from Covid-19, said a new target of full fibre to 20 million homes by the mid to late 2020s is now in place.


O2 confirms plans to merge with Virgin Media

Mobile operator O2 is in talks to merge with Virgin Media in a move which would create one of the UK’s largest telecoms and media firms.

Telefonica, O2’s Spanish owner, confirmed it is in discussions with Virgin-owner Liberty Global over a deal between the two firms.


WEBINAR: Resolve Business & IT issues more quickly, at a lower cost

Vertiv is bringing its CIBSE-approved continuing professional development (CPD) seminars online for contractors, building service and consulting engineers.

The free seminars will focus on popular critical power and thermal management topics. Online or on-demand attendance contributes to CIBSE CPD requirements and attendees will receive a CIBSE-qualified CPD certificate.


Huawei defends involvement in UK’s 5G network

Boris Johnson approved the Chinese company having a limited stake in the UK’s 5G development in January. Chinese hi-tech company Huawei has defended its role in the development of 5G in the UK. The move comes after a Tory backbench attack on the company’s involvement in the roll-out of the advanced system in the UK.


App that taps into collective power of world’s smartphones directed to Covid-19 research

Scientists looking into treatments for coronavirus are hoping to use the collective power of a network of smartphones to help boost research.

The DreamLab app, developed by the Vodafone Foundation, uses the collective power of a network of phones to analyse huge amounts of information in a much shorter space of time.

The technology will be used by researchers from Imperial College London hoping to identify how existing drugs and food-based molecules could help patients with or recovering from Covid-19.


EU calls for pan-European Covid-19 tracking app

A pan-EU coronavirus health tracking app is needed to protect the privacy of the region’s citizens, Europe’s data protection tsar has said. 

Several European governments have launched Covid-19 tracking applications to help inform social distancing policies and the eventual lifting of lockdown measures.


Vodafone completes European roll-out of VMware telco cloud

Vodafone Group has finished rolling out its VMware-powered cloud-based network across 21 of its markets and all of its European businesses.

The consolidated network architecture means Vodafone can design, build and test next-generation network functions more securely and around 40 percent more quickly, the companies said.


Key Covid-19 stats so far: Cloud, data centre, cyber security, AI & big data

Look outside and the world has stopped turning. But if you look online, everything appears to be spinning faster than ever. Every day that passes brings with it a selection of remarkable tech-related stats and figures. Phishing attacks skyrocketing, Zoom meetings spiralling and record-breaking bandwidth. If you’re struggling to keep up, here are some of the most interesting and dramatic stats we’ve seen so far. 


UK satellite Internet firm OneWeb files for bankruptcy

British satellite Internet company OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy in the US after attempts to secure funding for a commercial launch were checked by the coronavirus fears.

The firm, which had already secured billions in funding from investors such as Softbank, Qualcomm and the Government of Rwanda, was hoping to take its space-bound internet service commercial before the end of next year.


UK Digital Secretary promotes five-step plan to fight against coronavirus ‘fake news’

The Digital Secretary has urged social media users to do their bit in tackling coronavirus-related “fake news” and backed a five-step plan to fight misinformation. Cabinet minister Oliver Dowden said the public must “remain absolutely vigilant to inaccurate stories” and has recommended online users adopt advice issued by the Centre for Countering Digital (CCDH), a non-profit group researching online hate, in the battle against those peddling falsehoods. Conspiracy theories being shared on social media networks include claims Covid-19 is a biological weapon released by China, while others pin the blame for the deadly virus’ inception on 5G technology masts, according to CCDH findings.


Zoom used by UK Cabinet ministers despite MoD ban over security concerns

Boris Johnson’s Cabinet started using Zoom video conferencing to carry out its meetings just days after Ministry of Defence staff were banned from using it amid security fears. Downing Street published pictures of the Prime Minister using the technology to continue the briefings with senior MPs – where sensitive information like matters of national security are discussed – while observing rules on social distancing to curb the coronavirus outbreak. But MoD staff were told this week the use of Zoom was being suspended with immediate effect while “security implications” were investigated, with users reminded of the need to be “cautious about cyber resilience” in “these exceptional times”.



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