BT and Global to upgrade legacy payphones through 10-year digital partnership

BT and Global, the Media & Entertainment Group, have formed a 10-year partnership to upgrade the nation’s legacy payphones and roll out more digital hubs for local communities.

The partnership is expected to provide better connectivity and hyper-local advertising in more than 200 towns and cities across the UK. Global will also continue to represent BT’s street furniture advertising sales for the next decade.

BT Group’s street furniture estate covers...

Ofcom’s consumer protections ‘fall vastly short’

Ofcom has introduced new rules aimed at better protecting UK mobile customers against unexpected roaming charges while using their phone abroad and at home.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU ‘roam like at home’ rules – and UK law requiring mobile operators to alert customers of roaming charges when they start to roam – have ceased to apply. Since then, many operators have voluntarily continued to send their customers alerts.

However, a review...

Global UCaaS market to reach more than 131m users by 2028

The global Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) market is set to grow to more than 131 million users by the end of 2028, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.3% over the next five years.

This is according to research by Cavell, a research and consulting firm specialising in the telecommunications industry.

Cavell’s set of 2024 Cloud Comms Market Reports surveyed over 100 service providers across the UK, Europe and US. The latest findings also...

BT launches UK’s first 5G-enabled, interactive simulation experience

BT has launched immersive spaces for business and public sector customers – creating the UK market’s first 5G-enabled interactive simulation experience.

Launched in partnership with Immersive Interactive, BT Immersive Spaces simulate real-life environments within an internal or external room, or mobile unit – to create an interactive immersive experience.

The fully immersive rooms are connected to the EE mobile network, using cameras and HD projectors to bring...

A third of IT and telecoms businesses unprepared for next global crisis

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New data from the intelligent planning technology Board International, a leading global provider of Intelligent Planning SolutionDespite nearly every global business (Global: 97%; IT & Telco: 98%) executing some form of planning transformation attempt since 2020, 90% (IT & Telco: 91%) report it failing to some degree.    

This is according to new data from the intelligent planning technology Board International, a global provider of Intelligent Planning Solutions,...

Full fibre rollout set to give Newcastle £440 productivity boost

A report commissioned by CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, has identified that Newcastle stands to be a huge beneficiary from the rollout of future-proof full fibre infrastructure which is now well underway across the city.

The study by the consultancy Hatch, (Economic Impact of Full Fibre Infrastructure from CityFibre’s Network), estimates that, over a fifteen-year period, the positive impacts of CityFibre’s £62m investment in Newcastle will...

30 countries to launch 5G services in 2023

New figures from mobile industry forecaster GSMA Intelligence show 5G connections are expected to double over the next two years, expedited by technological innovations and new 5G network deployments in more than 30 countries in 2023 alone.

Of the new networks to be deployed in 2023, it is expected that 15 will be 5G Standalone networks.

The forecasts from GSMA Intelligence point to a significant period of growth in terms of mobile subscribers and enterprise adoption....

Virgin Media O2 makes multi-million-pound investment with new central London HQ

Virgin Media 02 office.

Virgin Media O2 has made changes to two of its main offices in the south of England with a multi-million-pound investment to create a new state-of-the-art UK headquarters in Paddington Central.

The investment follows a comprehensive review of its property portfolio which will see existing sites in both Hammersmith and Slough close by the end of next year. Employees will come together across the existing Virgin Media O2 office in Green Park, Reading, and a new office in Paddington,...

Mobile sector deploys Open Network APIs and preps for new era of digital services

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The GSMA, an industry organisation that represents the interests of 750+ mobile network operators worldwide, has launched an initiative called GSMA Open Gateway, a framework of universal network Application Programmable Interfaces (APIs), designed to provide universal access to operator networks for developers.

Launched with the support of 21 of the mobile network operators, the move represents a paradigm shift in the way the telecoms industry designs and delivers services in an...

Cisco and NEC bring 5G connectivity and automation to networks worldwide

Cisco and NEC Corporation has revealed plans to expand their collaboration efforts to include system integration solutions and potential opportunities in 5G xHaul and private 5G to help customers transform their architecture and connect more people and things.

The companies have expanded areas of collaboration under their Global Systems Integrator Agreement (GSIA) with augmented solutions for scalable 5G xHaul transport networks, such as enhanced capabilities for end-to-end...