Gov to upgrade school Wi-Fi connections by 2025

06 May 2022

Education secretary Nadhim Zahawi said all schools in England will have “lightning-fast” broadband by 2025 as part of the UK government’s efforts to “level up education”.

The government also announced a £150m funding to support schools most in need to upgrade their Wi-Fi connections.

In the next three years, the department for education (DfE) intends to reach out to schools in priority areas to facilitate the introduction of “faster and more reliable connectivity”.

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STL launches end-to-end 5G enterprise solution

06 May 2022

STL, an integrator of digital networks, launched what it claims to be the first end-to-end 5G enterprise solution to address the growing demand for private 5G enterprise connectivity for campus, industrial and venue applications. This 5G Enterprise solution will comprise Garuda, STL’s O-RAN 5G indoor/ outdoor small cells, CYRUS, open distributed unit and centralised unit from ASOCS and VMware edge compute stack as the virtualisation layer and cloud management. STL’s Garuda small cell radio is designed for small, medium and large enterprises, supporting more than 30 concurrent user devices per radio. “Enterprises will now be able to leverage a robust, secure 5G network that is easy to scale and upgrade and drives greater levels of service efficiency,” said Chris Rice, chief executive officer, access solutions, STL.

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First phase of 4G rollout on London Underground complete

06 May 2022

BAI Communications has launched a permanent 4G mobile service on the eastern section of the Jubilee Line, which is a significant milestone in the rollout of mobile coverage across the London Underground.

Three and EE customers will be the first to benefit from the 4G and 5G-ready communications between Westminster and Canning Town, while the pilot services with O2 and Vodafone will continue while discussions with BAI on access agreements are finalised for a permanent service.

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Addressing the IT skills shortage

03 May 2022

Michael Cantor, CIO, Park Place Technologies

Michael Cantor, CIO, Park Place Technologies

Never has there been such a perfect storm impacting UK IT skills recruitment. The sheer pace of digital cloud-based delivery, AI enablement and business intelligence data mining has driven an already impoverished IT skills market into a near state of stall. Recently, a Gartner survey¹ of global CIOs reported that 64% cited lack of attainment of qualified digitally skilled staff as being the most significant barrier to adoption of innovation they had planned to deliver¹. In 2020, the same question invoked just a 4% response.

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