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Latest Connectivity News


Google announces new subsea cable running between US, UK and Spain

A new transatlantic subsea cable running between the US, the UK and Spain has been announced by Google in a bid to meet ever-growing connectivity demands.

Once commissioned, it will be one of the tech giant’s first new cables to connect the US and UK since 2003, aimed at increasing capacity and helping drive some of Google’s core services, such as video communication platform Meet, Gmail and Google Cloud.


Renewable energy to power Vodafone’s entire European network by 2021

Mobile giant Vodafone has said its European network will be powered by 100% renewable electricity by no later than July 2021.

Vodafone runs networks in 26 countries and offers cloud and colocation services via data centres in UK, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, US, Hong Kong, and Singapore.


HPE acquires SD-WAN company Silver Peak for $925 million

Enterprise IT giant HPE has acquired Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) company Silver Peak for a deal valued at $925 million.

Silver Peak will be combined with HPE’s Aruba Networks once the transaction is approved by regulators.


Huawei infrastructure to be removed from UK 5G network by 2027

Chinese tech giant Huawei’s equipment will be stripped from the UK’s 5G network by 2027, adding millions to the cost and delaying the delivery of the high-speed mobile network.

The National Security Council took the decision – which will increase tensions with Beijing – after the impact of US sanctions raised concerns about Huawei’s continued involvement in the UK’s 5G infrastructure.


UK and EU space agencies seek 5G applications for logistics

Companies are being asked to share ideas on how 5G terrestrial and space technology could be used to support the UK’s logistics businesses.

The call for proposals is part of a joint effort by the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), with hopes of increasing connectivity and closing the digital divide for businesses in the sector.


UK Government readies £500m investment into OneWeb satellite infrastructure

The UK Government is ready to invest up to £500m for a 20 percent stake in OneWeb, the British satellite Internet company which filed for bankruptcy in March.

OneWeb filed for bankruptcy in the US after coronavirus halted its attempts to secure funding for a commercial launch.


10,000 jobs planned to roll out full fibre infrastructure across UK

Plans have been unveiled to create 10,000 jobs to deliver full fibre infrastructure to more than 100 towns and cities.

CityFibre, the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform, announced a three-year recruitment and training programme to help upgrade the UK’s digital infrastructure to full fibre.

The firm said it will target specific groups, including those who have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and more women and individuals from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, both of which are under-represented in the construction industry.


Virgin Media and O2 deal confirmed: Firms pen £31bn mega-merger

Virgin Media and O2 are to merge to create a £31 billion media and telecoms giant, their parent firms have announced.

Liberty Global and Telefonica – the owners of Virgin Media and O2 respectively – had confirmed on Monday that they were in discussions over a possible combination.


BT ditches dividend to accelerate full fibre rollout to 20m UK homes

BT has scrapped its dividend for the next two years as it copes with the fallout from the coronavirus lockdown and will instead increase its full fibre broadband rollout.

Chief executive Philip Jansen, who recently recovered from Covid-19, said a new target of full fibre to 20 million homes by the mid to late 2020s is now in place.


O2 confirms plans to merge with Virgin Media

Mobile operator O2 is in talks to merge with Virgin Media in a move which would create one of the UK’s largest telecoms and media firms.

Telefonica, O2’s Spanish owner, confirmed it is in discussions with Virgin-owner Liberty Global over a deal between the two firms.


WEBINAR: Resolve Business & IT issues more quickly, at a lower cost

Vertiv is bringing its CIBSE-approved continuing professional development (CPD) seminars online for contractors, building service and consulting engineers.

The free seminars will focus on popular critical power and thermal management topics. Online or on-demand attendance contributes to CIBSE CPD requirements and attendees will receive a CIBSE-qualified CPD certificate.


Huawei defends involvement in UK’s 5G network

Boris Johnson approved the Chinese company having a limited stake in the UK’s 5G development in January. Chinese hi-tech company Huawei has defended its role in the development of 5G in the UK. The move comes after a Tory backbench attack on the company’s involvement in the roll-out of the advanced system in the UK.