• Three expands full-fibre connectivity partnership with CityFibre

    As it digs deeper, literally, in providing gigabit broadband across the UK, and as full-fibre backhaul becomes an essential part of delivering a great mobile experience, the UK’s self-described third national digital infrastructure platform, CityFibre, has been awarded a multimillion-pound contract by operator Three to connect an additional 1,300 of its key mobile communications masts across 59 towns and cities.

    The contract with CityFibre is part of Three’s strategy to deliver what it claims will be the UK’s fastest 5G network thanks to its 5G spectrum portfolio. Three UK launched its 5G network in Central London In August 2019, and

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  • Two-fifths of UK small businesses claim productivity increases since lockdown

    As lockdown conditions generally loosen, UK big businesses have been challenged to seek safe office solutions as they encourage a return to the office for workers who have been at home en masse since March, but it would appear that for smaller business, lockdown has been more lucrative, with remote working driving productivity.

    In the early days of lockdown, the UK’s small businesses had indicated that the prospect of working remotely for months on end was a major concern. According to research from Hitachi Capital Business Finance in April 2020, small businesses were twice as likely as larger firms to

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  • Nokia powers the grid in China for the world’s biggest utility company

    The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) is to deploy a programmable and agile optical network using Nokia’s IP and optical systems. The deployment is said to fulfil the data transmission and dynamic network demands of the power giant as it provides power to more than a billion residents across the country.

    SGCC, which claims to be the world’s largest utility company, supplies electricity to more than 1.1 billion people across 26 provinces, covering 88% of China’s national territory. To cater to the increased mission-critical traffic requirements and to future-proof the network, it is upgrading the communications infrastructure to monitor

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  • Only 10% of tech talent have cyber skills to fill skills gap

    Only 10% of IT professionals have the cyber security skills the UK’s tech sector currently needs, according to a study.

    Research by recruitment firm Robert Walters and data firm Vacancysoft found that 58% of hiring managers put information security as their most required skill, but only a small number of tech workers have the skills these firms are looking for.

    In Europe, 70% of companies have stated they do not have appropriate cyber security talent, with a shortage of around 140,000 skilled workers in the region.

    James Chaplin, CEO of Vacancysoft, said: “The rapid pace of digital transformation bought

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  • Fund helps Good Things Foundation give 4,000 people digital access

    The Good Things Foundation has announced it will be using £500,000 from the National Lottery Fund to help the digitally excluded to gain digital skills.

    The charity hopes to upskill 4,000 people across England who are digitally excluded and who are part of communities negatively affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

    Helen Milner, CEO of the Good Things Foundation, said: “We want to make sure that everyone – especially those most vulnerable in this pandemic – has the digital access, skills and support they need in these difficult times. Digital has been a lifeline for many of us in lockdown.

    “Thanks

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