• EE tops RootMetrics UK 5G survey

    With all four major UK operators now having deployed 5G and therefore allowing for quality analysis to be gathered, research shows that EE has topped the latest RootMetrics six-month analysis of the state of UK mobile networks for the first half of 2020.

    The analyst said that, with all four operators having launched 5G in the UK, the first half of 2020 marks the first test period in which it used 5G-enabled devices to measure performance on both 4G LTE and 5G infrastructures of EE, Vodafone, Three and O2.

    Noting that it believes 5G users will likely switch from 5G

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  • Lockdown sees increase in girls applying for GCHQ cyber courses

    During the pandemic, GCHQ has had an increase in the number of young people, particularly girls, taking part in its summer cyber security courses.

    The CyberFirst programme, run by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), saw a 60% increase in the number of girls who applied for the summer cyber courses compared with last year.

    Participants took part online as opposed to in-person this year, and the number of young people wanting to take part rose year on year (YoY), with a 31% increase in applications from boys and a 60% increase in applications from girls.

    Chris Ensor, NCSC

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  • Major border disruption on the horizon as Brexit IT portfolio becomes ‘unmanageable’

    The government is scrambling to avoid the risk of major border disruption as work on a plethora of IT systems needed to support trade post-Brexit falls behind schedule.

    A Cabinet Office memo seen by Bloomberg cites “critical gaps” in the preparation for the technology to be used by haulage firms and freight forwarders after the transition period after the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) finishes at the end of the year.

    The document also mentions that out of the 10 new systems being developed to support Brexit at present, at least three are currently being designed. “This is

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