University of Hertfordshire suffers major cyberattack

11 May 2021

The University of Hertfordshire was hit by a cyber-attack that has taken down its entire IT network as well as blocking access to its cloud-based services. It revealed the attack occurred late on April 14 in a statement posted on its website. As a result, all its online classes scheduled today for the following day were cancelled.

The statement read: “Shortly before 22:00 last night, the University experienced a cyber-attack which has impacted all of our systems, including those in the cloud such as Canvas, MS Teams and Zoom. Please be reassured that our IT colleagues are working hard to rectify the situation as soon as possible.

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The switch to voice over IP (VoIP)

29 March 2021

A router can have a phone socket on the back to connect a regular phone or cordless base into. It uses VoIP to carry your calls over your Internet connection

A router can have a phone socket on the back to connect a regular phone or cordless base into. It uses VoIP to carry your calls over your Internet connection

 

VoIP is the method of using IP networks - your Internet connection - to carry voice calls. It's what Skype, DrayTEL, WhatsApp and other such services use for voice calls and is also how most modern businesses' phones are now connected. Under Openreach's analogue switch-off plan, VoIP will be used to replace all analogue voice services.

The analogue services being switched off in 2025 are known as the WLR (Wholesale Line Rental) services which include WLR3 analogue (a voice line), ISDN2, ISDN30, LLU SLU SMPF (Combined DSL and analogue voice lines), Narrowband Line Share and Classic products.

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What to look for when purchasing unified comms

12 March 2021

Matt Parker, CEO of Babble

Matt Parker, CEO of Babble

We’ve entered a new age of agile working. Now, more than ever, it’s vital that businesses are equipped for the new world of work. Deploying the right technology is a key component of long-term organisational resilience and business growth.


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Openreach and Viavi partner for full fibre buildout

03 March 2021

Openreach is using Viavi's Optical Network Monitoring System (ONMSi) for its full fibre broadband deployment as its build programme reaches over 40,000 premises per week.

The former will use ONMSi for such functions are validating new construction, performing preactivation checks, and monitoring ongoing service, among other areas.

“Having a fast, reliable broadband connection matters more than ever, so we’re proud that our network has played a crucial role in keeping the UK connected during the pandemic. We’re also convinced that our new ultra-reliable and futureproof full fibre network will be a major catalyst in helping the UK to build back better," 
said Peter Bell, director, network technology at Openreach. “This year, our nationwide build programme has been gathering pace - passing 42,000 premises every week – and we’re determined to match that speed of deployment with the highest quality of build standards. “We want to maintain our position as the U.K.’s leading Full Fibre network by working with world class partners, and VIAVI’s innovations in remote fibre testing will help us monitor and accelerate our network build whilst making sure we continue to deliver great experience for customers.”

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