TechTarget News - Week of Nov 21, 2021

UK holds international digital government conference

Countries convened to discuss digital transformation issues and the application to services of technologies such as AI and digital identity.

More wrongful convictions overturned in Post Office scandal

Seven more subpostmasters have been cleared after the Post Office charged them for crimes caused by its faulty Horizon software, taking the total of people wrongfully convicted to 72, with more to come

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

The weekly catch-up with personnel moves across the industry includes some senior appointments

IT Priorities 2022: MSP importance rising

TechTarget research reveals that a record number of customers across Europe are looking to work with managed service providers

Apple self-service repair unlikely to help businesses

Experts believe small and medium-size businesses will continue using repair shops to fix Apple iPhones and Macs to avoid breaking and replacing the hardware.

Home secretary urged to respond to concerns over EU travel systems

Priti Patel is challenged over the various issues relating to new border checks affecting UK residents travelling to the European Union, in aspects such as facial recognition and algorithmic profiling

FTTH Council Europe calls on policymakers for measures to reap full-fibre rewards

Industry organisation with a mission to advance ubiquitous full-fibre connectivity across Europe welcomes publication of the European Commission’s latest ‘Digital economy and society index’ and calls for demand-side measures to boost take-up of fibre networks

Ericsson boosts business play with $6.2bn Vonage acquisition

Acquisition of IP communications provider expands Ericsson’s presence in wireless enterprise and broadens its global offerings, creating a global network and communication platform for open innovation

Mid-band dominates 5G in emerging markets

Research highlights importance of mobile operators taking advantage of globally harmonised spectrum bands and economies of scale for 5G

Softcat keeps momentum going in Q1

Channel player shares a trading update on the progress it made in its first fiscal quarter

Hyperscalers top telcos in private network stakes

Research identifies cloud providers as first port of call for enterprises looking to deploy and gain benefits from private mobile networks, with Microsoft named top innovator ahead of AT&T and Deutsche Telekom

Commons committee launches STEM diversity inquiry

Inquiry will assess the lack of diversity in UK science, technology, engineering and maths and will measure current attempts to improve representation

American Airlines flies its data warehouse to the cloud

The pandemic hit American Airlines hard, but its management took an optimistic view, seeing at as an opportunity to use data more effectively to improve operations.

NCSC commits to new diversity measures

The National Cyber Security Centre’s second annual report on diversity in cyber security finds room for improvement

Ericsson to acquire Vonage for 5G development

Ericsson plans to use Vonage's developer community and cloud-based communications platform for 5G software development. The $6.2 billion deal is expected to close next year.

Kioxia releases PCIe 5.0 EDSFF SSDs

Kioxia became the first vendor to release a PCIe Gen 5.0 SSD with its new CD7 series. Still, it highlighted the EDSFF specification over beating the Gen 5 drum.

Researcher drops instant admin Windows zero-day bug

A newly-disclosed zero-day vulnerability in Windows could potentially allow local users to elevate their permissions to administrator status, and Microsoft has yet to post a fix.

Workday responds to workforce changes with Vndly acquisition

Workday adds extended workforce management capability to its HCM platform with its acquisition of Vndly. Increasing use of contingent labor and competition motivated the buy.

Apple files lawsuit against spyware vendor NSO Group

Apple sued the Israeli technology vendor, whose Pegasus spyware has been implicated in several malicious attacks on journalists, activists and government officials.

Police tech introduced with little scrutiny or training

A Lords inquiry into the adoption of advanced algorithmic technologies by police in England and Wales has been told that new tools are being introduced without proper training and with little scrutiny of their impacts

Apple sues under-fire malware firm NSO

Lawsuit alleges spyware firm NSO Group targeted Apple’s users, adding to the pressure on the under-fire company

Zoom boom rolls on over to Q3 2021

Partial return to the office fails to stop momentum of breakout collaboration technology giant in the third quarter of 2021

Consumer cyber bill to protect mobiles, smart devices

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill will reinforce protections for consumer devices and mandate improvements to default security settings

Regulation of AI needed to avoid the mistakes of social media

Government is urged to work with industry on a flexible regulatory framework to ensure the explainability, reliability and robustness of artificial intelligence

Global IoT roaming data traffic to reach 650PB in 2026

Study from Kaleido Intelligence finds that likely supply chain concerns are considered as no deterrent to a surge in global mobile and internet of things roaming activity over the next five years

Connectivity issues disrupting most businesses’ IoT roll-outs

Research commissioned by mobile satellite communications provider finds that in the face of significant momentum in uptake of IoT since the pandemic outbreak, poor or unreliable connectivity is a seen as a typical gating factor in deployment projects

CityFibre launches first 800Gbps infrastructure backbone ring

UK’s largest independent network provider announces 800Gbps ring, launched in collaboration with Ciena, to serve 23 cities and six ‘super core’ sites as part of a multi-terabit, national backbone project

My channel take: Michael O’Hara, DataSolutions

How did O’Hara get to be running the security and digital workplace distributor and what does he think about the current state of the market?

Exclusive Networks signs with Alkira

Distributor says vendor’s Cloud Services Exchange lets service providers solve million-dollar network questions in ‘a few mouse clicks’

British Army announces transformation programme

The Future Soldier initiative will see a modernisation supported by use of emerging technologies and bolstered cyber capabilities

Vodafone announces trial of self-powered mobile masts

Operator says self-powered masts could enable new sites to be built in the most remote parts of the UK without the major challenge and cost of connecting to the electricity grid

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