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EU OKs UK data rules

The EU has ruled that UK data protection standards are “adequate” in a decision that means data can continue to flow between the UK and the EU. But Brussels has warned UK government against weakening standards. A failure to recognise UK standards would have meant chaos in many industries including media and online advertising. The […]

June 28, 2021

Report: UK telcos digging more than ever

There was a 24 per cent increase in the amount of digging work performed by the UK’s telecoms industry last year, according to Digging up Britain 2021. The report by LSBUD, which provides a free to use online search facility for underground pipes and cables, reveals that there were 1,125,843 searches through its portal by […]

June 23, 2021

Fastly outage downs BBC, HBO, Twitch

An outage at edge CDN provider Fastly saw several high-profile sites off air for over an hour earlier today (June 8th) including the BBC, HBO, Hulu, Vimeo, FT, CNN, Twitch, the UK government and many more. The firm said there were issues with its global CDN and was implementing a fix. A statement said: “We […]

June 8, 2021

UK offering rocket launch licences

The UK government is issuing licences for rocket launches from its official spaceports. The May 24th announcement talked of space tourism also being included and for the sites to be ready for operation from summer 2022. “Developed with the UK Space Agency and the Civil Aviation Authority, new regulations being laid in Parliament today will […]

May 25, 2021By Chris Forrester

Dowden: ‘C4 could be privatised by 2024’

UK culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee that privatisation of Channel 4 was “on the table”  as an option to “provide a sustainable future for the broadcaster”. He said that th “rapidly changing broadcasting landscape”, and the growth of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, meant sweeping changes were […]

May 14, 2021

BT calls on government to support cheaper broadband

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer Division, has published a blog post on the topic of support for vulnerable consumers in response to the Ofcom Fairness for Customers review, and follows the launch of BT’s Home Essentials at-cost social tariff. BT is calling on all fixed broadband operators to implement a social tariff costing no […]

May 12, 2021

Prime Focus Technologies launches hybrid-cloud media centre in Leeds

Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) has announced the launch of a new hybrid-cloud media centre in Leeds employing over 70 professionals. In September 2019, PFT signed a strategic deal with UK’s public service broadcaster, Channel 4, for managing media processing, centralized content operations including live simulcast and VOD services using their flagship product, CLEAR™ Media ERP. […]

May 4, 2021

UK ministers welcome broadband jobs boom

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden have met with broadband industry leaders and praised the sector for creating more than 22,000 jobs over the last year as forecasts for gigabit rollout are revised further upwards. They welcomed the firms’ work to help the nation build back better from the pandemic with […]

April 6, 2021By Colin Mann

OneWeb success; 146 satellites now orbiting

An Arianespace rocket used the Russian Vostochny Cosmodrome to successfully place 36 OneWeb satellites into orbit on March 25th at 2.47pm GMT. The satellites were released in groups of 4 which took over four hours and deployed the craft in their near-polar orbits at 450 kms above ground. The launch brings the number of OneWeb […]

March 25, 2021By Chris Forrester

UK launches £5bn ‘Project Gigabit’

More than one million hard to reach homes and businesses in the UK will have next generation gigabit broadband built to them in the first phase of a £5 billion (€5.84bn) government infrastructure project. Up to 510,000 homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Tees Valley will be […]

March 19, 2021By Colin Mann