Prodapt to invest £100m in UK connectivity industry

UK & India

Global consulting and tech services provider Prodapt, part of India’s 120-year-old Jhaver Group, is doubling its investment in the UK market to £100 million.

The increased commitment comes following UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s April visit to India to discuss trade and national security with the country’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Prodapt plans to invest the amount over a number of years and anticipates creating more than 500 jobs. Earlier this year, the...

James Bushby, Mastercard: How Request to Pay can transform bill payments

Mastercard Request to Pay

In 2020, the UK’s national retail payments operator, Pay.UK, created Request to Pay - a new framework to enable a more flexible, secure and customer-focused way for bills to be settled between people, organisations and businesses.

The aim of Request to Pay is to provide billers, like telecoms providers, with a messaging service that integrates into an existing payments infrastructure. Rather than sending an invoice via email or post, billers can message their customer through...

Altice fuels takeover concerns as its BT ownership increases to 18%

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Altice, the telecoms group of French billionaire Patrick Drahi, has increased its ownership of BT to 18 percent from 12.1 percent.

Drahi’s growing interest in BT has fuelled concerns amongst the company’s leadership and the UK government, with a Downing Street spokesperson stating the “situation is being monitored carefully”.

The French billionaire, known for being a prolific dealmaker, shocked the industry in June when his company paid £2.2 billion for a 12.1...

SVELLA buys out NMCN telco division following its collapse

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Private investor SVELLA has bought out the telecoms, plant, transport, and accommodation divisions of NMCN following its collapse into administration.

SVELLA had been leading the proposed £24 million recapitalisation of the business before the plan fell through.

Since then, it has been working with the appointed administrators Grant Thornton to find the best future for NMCN’s umbrella of businesses and their employees.

SVELLA’s acquisition will allow the...

Ofcom fines BT £42,500 over inaccurate information

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UK communications regulator Ofcom has fined BT £42,500 for providing “inaccurate information” in response to an information request regarding EE’s broadband service.

The information was intended to help the regulator estimate the number of premises that would be potentially eligible to receive a 10Mbps+ broadband service under the new Universal Service Obligation (USO), which went live in March 2020.

Ofcom published the data as part of its 2019 ‘Connected...

Nokia to supply Africell entry into Angolese market

Luanda, Angola

Finnish telecoms giant Nokia will supply network equipment to Africell for its planned entry into Angola later this year.

Operations will begin with the deployment of a multi-standard radio network supporting everything from 2G to 4G in the Angolan capital of Luanda. The network will also be upgradable to 5G through a software update at a later date.

Nokia plans to roll out its AirScale Single Radio Access Network (S-RAN) across up to 700 sites, its AirFrame data centre...

UK hopes for a seat on UN telecoms council in 2022

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The UK has set its sights on a council seat at the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) after announcing it will run for the election due to take place in September 2022.

The ITU oversees allocation of global spectrum for radio waves and satellite orbits for devices such as mobile phones and GPS navigation.

Importantly, it also develops the technical telecommunication standards used by information and communication technologies (ICTs) around the...

Dish selects Palo Alto Networks for assistance with 5G security

Dish Network will call on Palo Alto Networks to help with security measures in building the first cloud-native, OpenRAN-based 5G wireless network in the US.

Palo Alto Networks was selected to assist with container security, network slicing, real-time threat correlation and dynamic security enforcement. More specifically, Dish plans to use Palo Alto’s VM-series and CN-series Next-Generation Firewalls, along with Prisma Cloud.

Dish is working on a greenfield 5G build...