• Vodafone unveils ‘instant’ Wi-Fi

    Vodafone has launched Gigacube B818, a wireless mobile router for consumers and businesses that turns the operator’s 4G network into a Wi-Fi network.

    The device is being marketed as a flexible alternative to “standard broadband” that allows customers to benefit from high-speed internet access in areas without fixed-line broadband. Connecting up to 64 devices, the Gigacube B818 is said to be “perfect” for busy digital households and small businesses.

    Capable of handling maximum speeds of up to 1.6Gbps download and 150Mbps upload, the device has a Wi-Fi range of 250 metres and can offer

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  • BT connects Dutch diplomatic missions

    BT has signed a contract with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide communication services to its embassies and consulates in 120 countries. The telco will provide the ministry with WAN, LAN and wireless LAN services.

    BT’s global SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) services were launched in November 2020. The cloud-optimised managed network services are designed to expand multinational customers’ choice of software-based connectivity systems. They can be managed or co-managed remotely by the company on its new digital service platform, giving customers a single view of their entire network and a

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  • Hackney Council tenders for cyber security upgrade

    London’s Hackney Council is tendering for new security assurance capabilities and will evaluate a number of suppliers to take on the task, following a ransomware attack on its systems last year that, months later, has left many of its key services disrupted.

    In a request for proposal (RFP) posted to the government’s Digital Marketplace, the council said it intended to establish and manage its risks across all its ICT environments to minimise the risk of a future cyber attack on its systems.

    “Hackney Council is reviewing the way we deliver security assurance, following a cyber attack in October 2020

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  • Immigration exemption in data protection law faces further legal challenge

    A legal appeal to remove the UK government’s controversial “immigration exemption” from the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 18) will be heard by the Court of Appeal on 23 February 2021.

    The immigration exemption, which is found in Schedule 2 of the DPA 18, allows the Home Office and other organisations or companies involved in “immigration control” to refuse access to personal data held about individuals if it might “prejudice the maintenance of effective immigration control”.

    Digital campaigning organisation Open Rights Group (ORG) and the3million, which represents EU citizens living in the UK, previously argued to the High Court

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