• Private LTE/5G market set to reach £4.2bn in 2024

    With early investment in the infrastructure driven by demand from mission-critical organisations, and with more spectrum being made available for enterprise uses, the inaugural forecast for the worldwide private LTE/5G infrastructure market from International Data Corporation (IDC) is predicting a boom for the dedicated architectures for enterprises until 2024.

    IDC defines a private LTE/5G infrastructure as any 3GPP-based LTE and/or 5G network deployed for a specific enterprise/industrial customer that provides dedicated access. That definition includes networks that may utilise dedicated (licensed, unlicensed, or shared) spectrum, dedicated infrastructure, and private devices embedded with unique SIM identifiers.

    IDC also sees private LTE/5G

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  • Google Cloud, Nokia accelerate readiness for cloud-native enterprise 5G solutions

    Tapping into the evolution of telecoms from physical appliances to virtual network functions and now cloud-native solutions, Google Cloud and Nokia today announced a global, strategic partnership to enable communications service providers (CSPs) to increase readiness for solutions addressing the needs of businesses.

    Recognising that global CSPs can already unlock monetisation opportunities by driving 5G connectivity and advanced services to enterprise customers at the network edge, to deliver new, digital experiences for consumers, the partners said they would allow CSPs to modernise their network infrastructures, build on a cloud-native 5G Core, and develop the network edge as a business

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  • Coalition proposes secure standard model for Covid-19 passports

    A new coalition of health and technology industry bodies, including Microsoft, Mitre, Oracle and Salesforce, has set out to develop a standardised model for organisations administering Covid-19 vaccinations to make credentials available in an “accessible, interoperable, digital” format.

    The Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) believes that vaccination record systems currently in use do not readily support convenient access, control and sharing of verifiable vaccination records.

    With borders closed and global travel still off the agenda, probably for months to come, many people expect vaccine passports will become a critical component of the hoped-for return to normal life – but their use

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  • Experian calls for less bureaucratic data regulations

    A report from Experian has highlighted the importance of data standards, less cumbersome regulations and the ability to collect personally identifiable information (PII) in a way people will accept.

    “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the enormous potential of data to help overcome some of the world’s biggest challenges, informing critical thinking and guiding decision-making,” said Jonathan Westley, chief data officer for the UK and Ireland, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa, at Experian.

    “Emerging from the crisis, data will be a vital tool for organisations to understand shifts in consumer behaviour so they can deliver services in rapidly evolving

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  • All EU states can take data protection cases against Facebook says EU court

    Data protection regulators in any European country can bring privacy complaints against Facebook, even though it regulated in Ireland, according to an opinion by the European Court of Justice.

    Advocate general, Michal Bobek, found that under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), any of the EU’s 27 states can bring privacy actions against the social media company.

    The opinion, which is non-binding, could lead to an increase in the number of enforcement actions taken against Facebook and other companies that process personal data, if it is adopted by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

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