• Ofcom reveals UK 5G mobile airwaves auction rules

    Ofcom has revealed the auction process for how it will release 5G spectrum – but the plans have already been criticised by the operator community as potentially derailing the government’s 5G ambitions.

    The new rules arrived just as the UK government confirmed its £1bn Shared Rural Network (SRN) scheme to end poor mobile coverage in the country’s rural and non-metropolitan areas. This was set up in agreement with the country’s four mobile network operators – BT/EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – to create a shared rural network to improve coverage across the UK, in particular to deliver a minimum of

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  • Full of promises, but is it enough?

    It was an eventful Budget delivered by brand-new chancellor Rishi Sunak. As well as a £30bn package to deal with the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, the government is pumping billions into research and development (R&D), continuing with cash for broadband roll-outs and pushing forward with innovation.

    Sunak proudly stated that “it is the Budget of a government that gets things done” – but not everything the government announced was welcomed with open arms. There are still questions around the digital services tax, being introduced by the government on 1 April, while the changes to the Entrepreneurs’ Relief received mixed reactions,

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  • Equality watchdog calls on police to stop using facial recognition

    The UK’s equality watchdog has called for the suspension of automatic facial recognition (AFR) and predictive algorithms in policing until its impact has been independently scrutinised and laws governing its application improved.

    In evidence submitted to United Nations (UN) as part of its work to monitor the state of civil and political rights in Great Britain since 2015, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) noted the absence of a firm legal basis for the use of AFR, as well as concerns over its discriminatory impact.

    “The legal framework authorising and regulating the use of AFR is insufficient – it

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