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78% jump in Internet use since first lockdown, ISP figures reveal

Internet use in the UK rose by 78% in the first lockdown in March last year compared to the same month in 2019, new figures have shown.

Broadband firm Zen Internet said its latest research showed demand for streaming services, news content and online work tools skyrocketed on its network as millions spent more time at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic.


UK telcos drop £1.3 billion in 5G spectrum auction

The UK’s biggest mobile operators have committed to pay more than £1.3 billion in the first stage of latest bidding for airwaves for 5G networks. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone took part in the auction, run by telecoms regulator Ofcom as they looked to boost their current mobile services and support new 5G networks.


Cisco completes $4.5B acquisition of optical interconnect giant Acacia

Cisco has settled a legal dispute that threatened to jeopardise a planned multi-billion-dollar merger, with the company announcing its $4.5b acquisition of optical interconnect giant Acacia had at last closed.


Research highlights looming 5G infrastructure energy efficiency challenge

“Telecom operators making meaningful energy and cost reductions are doing so by evaluating the entire ecosystems around their network operations – people, objectives, infrastructure and partners,” said Scott Armul, vice president for global DC power and outside plant at Vertiv.


Telefónica to offer local cloud-native connectivity for IoT through cell network

Telefónica is launching a new service that will route AWS connectivity through its cellular network infrastructure for IoT cloud connectivity at the network edge.


Google’s new subsea cable delivers data speeds of 250TB per second

A new subsea cable connecting the US and Europe and capable of sending the entire digitised library of commerce three times every second is online, Google has announced.


Telefonica flogs 30,000 masts to American Tower in €7.7 billion deal

Spanish telecom giant Telefonica is selling off its cell tower portfolio to American Tower in a €7.7 billion euro deal. American Tower will take ownership of the 30,700 tower sites in Spain, Germany, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Argentina held by Telefonica unit Telxius Telecom.


5G trial to beam holographic Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough is to be holographically beamed before people’s eyes via an augmented reality app, as part of a trial to demonstrate the potential of 5G.


Kao Data partners with Megaport on hyperscale cloud connectivity

UK high-performance colocation operator Kao Data has inked yet another deal with a network provider to boost cloud connectivity at its state of the art campus in Harlow, UK.

This time Kao has teamed up with Network as a Service provider Megaport to bring on-demand connectivity from major hyperscale providers including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud.


Hybrid 5G satellite engineering centre to launch in UK

“Adding satellites to existing terrestrial 5G infrastructure is essential to ensure a reliable and safe telecommunications network that supports such connectivity which in turn promotes a seamless and more environmentally friendly experience. Investing in space improves life on Earth.”


Internet providers slam UK Gov Gigabit pledge scale back

Scaled back plans for faster broadband speeds across the UK will come as “a blow to rural communities”, internet providers have said following Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review.

Full-fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home and business across the UK by 2025 was a key Conservative manifesto pledge in the 2019 general election, which brought the goal forward by eight years.


NASA fabricates network cables for supersonic flight testing tech

NASA is building novel network cables that transfer data during supersonic flight as part of a project to demonstrate the possibility of flying quietly at faster-than-sound speeds.

The space agency has developed new technology for its experimental Quiet SuperSonic Technology X-plane (QueSST), that it claimed reduces loud sonic booms typically heard below aircraft flying at supersonic speeds to a noise similar to a car closing at distance.