All change: What can suppliers and IT buyers expect from G-Cloud 11?

The eleventh iteration of the G-Cloud framework is on course to go-live in July 2019, with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) due to start accepting supplier applications from Monday 25 March. Government procurement chiefs at CCS confirmed the move in a brief Twitter post earlier this week, while a follow-up post on its website states […]

Getting it right this time: Why the strategy is not about delivery for NHSX

I recently spent a day with a senior team of a multinational pharmaceutical company, who had requested some executive education on digital thinking. They were trying to make sense of the buzzwords – wearables, bots, financial technology (fintech), health technology (healthtech), government technology (govtech), and big tech. There was a general sense of unease that […]

Towards a full-fibre Britain: the view from inside Openreach

FTTP roll-out progresses, but copper still an issue A year into McTighe’s tenure, Openreach performed a major strategic pivot when it announced the launch of Fibre First, a programme that promises to fundamentally transform the way it thinks about broadband and critically, makes the current gold standard technology – full-fibre, also known as fibre-to-the-premises or […]

Amazon S3 storage 101: Object storage in the cloud

For many years, the dominant protocols to access shared storage have been block and file. Block-based access provides the ability, as the name suggests, to update individual blocks of data on a logical unit number (LUN) or volume, with granularity as low as 512 bytes. File-based protocols access data at the file level; an entire […]

Bournemouth and Northampton next in line for CityFibre broadband upgrade

Full-fibre network builder CityFibre, alongside internet service provider (ISP) partner Vodafone, has unveiled plans to splash £75m on building ultrafast broadband networks in Bournemouth and Northampton, as they move towards their goal of reaching a million homes and businesses by 2021, part of a previously-announced £2.5bn full-fibre investment by CityFibre’s VC backers. Under the terms […]

Network Homes signs Hyperoptic broadband deal

Housing association Network Homes has enlisted full-fibre broadband network builder and internet service provider (ISP) Hyperoptic to hook up 20,000 homes across the south east of England to its network, expanding access to ultrafast broadband services among its residents, many of whom are on low-incomes or otherwise digitally excluded. Wembley-based Network Homes has more than […]

Government can make better use of tech to tackle loneliness

Technology in the home has an important role to play in alleviating loneliness in the over-50s by keeping them connected to family and friends, but significant numbers of older people still lack confidence in using technology and accessing the internet, according to a report compiled by mobile operator Vodafone. The report, Harnessing technology to tackle […]

Salisbury to get ‘universal’ full-fibre broadband

National broadband network builder Openreach has announced ambitious plans to give every premises in Salisbury access to full-fibre – also known as fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) – broadband within the next 12 months through a partnership with Wiltshire Council. The network build, which Openreach claims will be the fastest city-wide full-fibre service roll-out yet to be undertaken […]

Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 8

In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Brian McKenna and Caroline Donnelly are joined by a very special guest, in the form of managing editor (technology) Cliff Saran, who is on hand to assist with digging into some of the week’s biggest tech stories and trends. • Cliff gets the ball […]

UKCloud secures £25m investment to support multi-cloud public sector push

UKCloud has secured £25m in additional investment to fund the public sector-focused cloud provider’s continued efforts to diversify its service offerings and tap into the growing demand for multi-cloud deployments. The firm has spent the past couple of years rolling out services and initiatives to cater for the needs of specific groups of public sector […]

Why the web needs patching

Government looks at web giants His letter preceded a report on competition in the web market, prepared by a panel of experts for chancellor Philip Hammond and secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy Greg Clark. The report, Unlocking digital competition, warned that the network effects and returns to scale of data appear […]

Datacentre industry needs to raise its profile to address skills gaps, says panel

A lack of prominent role models and poor visibility of potential career paths are two reasons for the recruitment challenges the datacentre industry continues to face, experts claim. During a panel session at the Data Centre World conference in London, representatives from the IT recruitment, academic research, construction and server farm design communities came together […]

Shetlands get broadband upgrade to support local NHS services

Shetland Islands Council has been awarded a £1.91m slice of the government’s Local Full-Fibre Network (LFFN) challenge fund to expand full-fibre – also known as fibre-to-the premises (FTTP) – broadband services to public sector sites on the outlying northern islands of Unst and Yell. With just over 23,000 inhabitants spread across 16 islands – out […]