• CityFibre adds 36 more towns and cities to UK full-fibre network

    Once an alternative supplier of fibre broadband, CityFibre has now progressed to be a big league player following a further extension of its full fibre network in the UK, bringing the total number of premises in its reach to five million across 62 towns and cities.

    Since the latter end of 2019, the broadband provider has embarked on aggressive plans to roll fibre out across the UK, and saw itself as the leading independent supplier of fibre networks after BT and Virgin Media.

    However, its recent acquisition of FibreNation from UK internet service provider (ISP) TalkTalk Group has seen the

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  • CIO interview: Sarah Wilkinson, NHS Digital

    In the past week, the NHS 111 non-emergency medical helpline has seen an unprecedented rise in demand, as concerned citizens seek information on symptoms of Covid-19.

    Sarah Wilkinson, CEO of NHS Digital, says the services have experienced “rather unpredictable demand”. This has made managing the peaks in usage quite tricky. “We are not just facing a little more demand,” she says.

    Wilkinson’s team had load tested the 111 service to ensure it could cope with a 12-fold increase over the highest peak usage the service had experienced. “We did a lot of load tests on the 111 system,”

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  • UK can be “unashamedly pro-tech nation”

    Digital secretary Oliver Dowden has outlined his vision for technology and data in a first major speech since becoming secretary of state in a major cabinet reshuffle last month.

    Speaking at the Media and Telecoms 2020 & Beyond conference in London on 5 March 2020, Dowden outlined his views around digital as a means of “helping to transform communities who haven’t felt the benefits of the change we have seen in recent years.”

    “We have an opportunity as we leave the EU [European Union] to be an unashamedly pro-tech nation, and unleash all the innovation and enterprise that emerging technologies

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