• Birmingham and Liverpool take top spots in metro UK mobile speed tests

    While speed is not everything when it comes to communications systems, it is a vital component, and the place to be in the UK for fast mobile is the city of Birmingham, according to a study from RootMetrics.

    The report noted that with 5G service in the UK still expanding, most mobile users continue to rely on 4G LTE networks to provide the fast speeds that power their daily connected experience.

    Indicating the importance of high speed mobile connectivity to business, recent RootMetrics research found that 71% of people believe slow data performance significantly reduces productivity; 40% said slow data

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  • Bill Gates backs Crest fintech security scheme for Africa and Asia

    Cyber security accreditation and certification non-profit Crest has been awarded a grant of $1.4m (£1m/€1.2m) by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help increase cyber security capacity in African and Asian markets and provide safe and secure access to digital financial services for the unbanked.

    The UK-based organisation’s rigorous assessments are designed to provide reassurance that its member companies have a demonstrable level of assurance that they can provide their own clients with a robust assessment of their security posture.

    This is particularly relevant to the financial services industry, which is digitising as rapidly in the global south as

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  • Upcoming conflict minerals regulation does not cover major technology companies

    Technology companies are unlikely to tackle the controversial use of so-called conflict minerals in their products because of weaknesses in a forthcoming EU regulation.

    The European Union’s (EU) upcoming Conflict Minerals Regulation will come into force in January 2021 to clamp down on the mining of 3TG minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) used to fund fighting in ‘conflict-affected and high-risk areas’.

    3TG minerals are vital components in everyday electronic products such as phones and laptops, but because of how the Regulation is set up many technology companies, ranging from hardware manufacturers to multinational software companies, will have no incentive

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