• Mobile device trade-ins return to rise in value in Q3

    After a volatile half-year marked by stay-at-home orders and lockdowns, mobile device trade-ins are back on the rise, with $569m returned to US consumers thanks to a mobile device trade-in programme, according to the quarterly study from HYLA Mobile.

    In its Q3 2020 trade-in trends insights, HYLA noted that this trade-in value represented an increase of 153% on the $225m returned in the second quarter. Its data revealed that one of the drivers for this rise was the average trade-in value for smartphones continuing to rise.

    In Q2, HYLA reported strong trade-in values amid the Covid-19 pandemic – and

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  • CityFibre awards £1.5bn to fund full-fibre construction across 27 towns and cities

    CityFibre has announced a £1.5bn investment, awarding construction contracts for full-fibre deployment across 27 towns and cities. This is part of the UK digital infrastructure platform’s previously announced recruitment and training programme, through which it plans to create up to 10,000 network construction jobs over the next three years to support its national broadband roll-out.

    The background to the programme is the UK government’s desire to accelerate the delivery of gigabit-capable broadband across the country by 2025, a legislative journey that began in January 2020. The 2020 Budget statement confirmed the government’s commitment to invest a total of £5bn

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  • Samsung, KT complete Korea’s first 5G common core deployment

    Deploying a core network that can operate in two key modes simultaneously, Samsung Electronics and KT Corporation (KT) have successfully deployed Korea’s first 5G standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) common core in the operator’s commercial network.

    Building on a collaboration towards the full commercialisation of 5G SA networks in Korea, KT will commercially launch its SA network when 5G SA-capable devices become available in the market. Samsung’s common core will run in KT’s mobile edge computing (MEC) telecom centres across eight major Korean cities.

    With the aim of facilitating smooth evolution to 5G SA, Samsung’s 5G common core is designed

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  • Microsoft to support next generation of security startups

    Microsoft is to lend its expertise to the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC’s) Cyber Accelerator programme as it seeks its next cohort of startups working to “make the UK the safest place to live and work online”.

    The seventh group of new companies to move through the two-month Accelerator programme, which supports the development of products, skills, jobs and business growth, will focus on smart cities and the security risks associated with them.

    These include safe and operationally viable use of data at scale, situational awareness of the vast numbers of non-traditional devices and sensors used in a smart

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  • Quarter of UKISUG members plan S/4 Hana migration by 2022

    Research by the UK and Ireland SAP User Group, most of whose 600 members are mid-tier, medium to large companies, and analyst firm Constellation Research has painted a picture of a SAP customer base that is still moving slowly and tentatively to the supplier’s flagship S/4 Hana enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

    Paul Cooper, chairman of the user group and head of information systems at Burton’s Biscuit Company, confirmed in a group webinar and subsequent press briefings that 25% of members plan to move to S/4 Hana over the next one to two years. One-third plan to make the

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