• SK Telecom celebrates 5G first birthday with almost half of local market

    Since launching the world’s first 5G service on 3 April 2019, SK Telecom has revealed not only that it has gained a 44.7% 5G market share, but outlined its plans to take 5G technology into what it believes will be potentially lucrative use cases.

    The market share data is based on statistics from the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT released in January 2020, and represents 2.22 million 5G subscribers for SK Telecom. According to SK Telecom’s analysis on 5G subscribers, people in their 30s and 40s are taking up 53% of the company’s total 5G subscriber base, which is

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  • Viability of half of London’s tech startups threatened

    It is inevitable that some tech startups will go under as businesses become unsustainable amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and a survey has revealed that half of London’s tech startups have business plan in place to protect their existence.

    A survey of Tech London Advocates’ network of 10,000 people showed that 49% believe the coronavirus crisis is a threat to their existence, and 53% are establishing business models for the next quarter focused on survival. Some 32% expect business to stagnate in that period.

    “It is a very stressful time for the entrepreneurs and the teams running these businesses,” said Tech

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  • Can the internet take the strain?

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    31 March 2020

    Can the internet take the strain?

    In this week’s Computer Weekly, as millions of people work from home, we examine the measures in place to make sure the internet stays up and running. Our latest buyer’s guide looks at the best practice in application modernisation. And we find out how IT leaders are tackling the skills shortage to recruit the best tech talent. Read the issue now.

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  • Microsoft targets 5G arena with Affirmed Networks acquisition

    Microsoft has signed a definitive agreement to acquire mobile network solutions provider Affirmed Networks, aiming to deliver what it claims will be new opportunities for a global 5G ecosystem.

    Launched in 2010, Affirmed Networks offers virtualised, cloud-native network software for the mobile industry. Its flagship Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) is designed to enable communication service providers to scale their networks and offer differentiated web-scale mobile services, so they can keep up with the demands for mobile services while dramatically reducing capital expediture (capex) and operational expenditure (opex).

    Microsoft says the acquisition will allow it to evolve its work with the

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  • Lorca calls on security scaleups to tackle coronavirus challenge

    The London Office for Rapid Cyber Security Advancement (Lorca) is on the hunt for security scaleups to address the challenges thrown up by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, such as securing remote workforces and digital citizen services, and tackling disinformation.

    As with previous groups, the fifth cohort of scaleups to move through Lorca’s scheme will receive support in scaling their businesses, securing investment, accessing new markets, and expanding internationally. The ultimate aim is to grow the UK’s cyber security industry and help make the internet a safer place to be for all.

    As usual, the selected scaleups will receive

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  • Insurance firm Chubb may be latest Maze ransomware victim

    Cyber security insurance firm Chubb is investigating a cyber security incident that may involve the Maze ransomware group. This comes after the cyber criminals behind a spate of recent ransomware attacks published a statement on their own news website claiming it has successfully attacked the organisation.

    Chubb offers security insurance services covering business interruptions due to attack or error, data loss and restoration, incident response and investigation costs, crisis communications, liability from data protection failures and unauthorised networks, blackmail and regulatory investigation expenses, among other things.

    In its statement, the Maze group said it had compromised Chubb’s systems and

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