Tech News from the UK
O2 and Vodafone plan to extend the existing network sharing partnership term and include 5G at joint radio network sites. This would enable both O2 and Vodafone to deploy 5G faster, to offer 5G services to more customers over a wider geographic area, and to do so at a lower cost.
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Cold calls about pensions are now illegal in some circumstances following a change in the law. Unsolicited calls are the most common method for companies who operate pension scams to contact people and new legislation introduced by the government from 9 January aims to tackle this.
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The basis on which the UK will leave the EU has still to be decided but the Government has made clear that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be absorbed into UK law at the point of exit, so there will be no substantive change to the rules that most organisations need to follow.
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O2 and its Spanish parent Telefónica have scheduled crisis talks with Swedish telecoms provider Ericsson on Monday, over Thursday’s day-long collapse of O2’s data network, and it is understood that the company will be seeking millions in damages from Ericsson.
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Millions of O2 customers who were left unable to use their mobile data for almost 24 hours will be given compensation, the carrier has confirmed. O2 said it had finally fixed the issue, which also affected Giffgaff, Lycamobile,Sky Mobile and Tesco Mobile, at 3.27am today.
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An ex headteacher has been fined in court for unlawfully obtaining school children’s personal data from previous schools where he worked.
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Organisations across the business services, construction and finance sectors are among the first to be fined by the ICO for not paying the data protection fee. All organisations, companies and sole traders that process personal data must pay an annual fee to the ICO unless they are exempt. Fines for not paying can be up to a maximum of £4,350.
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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Uber £385,000 for failing to protect customers’ personal information during a cyber attack. A series of avoidable data security flaws allowed the personal details of around 2.7 million UK customers to be accessed and downloaded by attackers from a cloud-based storage system operated by Uber’s US parent company. This included full names, email addresses and phone numbers.
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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined two companies that made nearly 1.73 million direct marketing phone calls to people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).
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O2 is working with Nokia on two Massive MIMO trials in Kings Cross and Marble Arch, aimed at enhancing connectivity for O2 customers and paving the way for the future deployment of 5G across the capital.
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QPC UK has signed an agreement to resell and deploy the Genesys PureCloud platform. A true cloud offering, PureCloud is flexible, open, feature-rich and built for rapid innovation to help businesses deliver consistent outcomes and improve the customer and employee experience.
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An employee has been sentenced to six months in prison in the first prosecution to be brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under legislation which carries a potential prison sentence.
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O2 has signed a collaboration agreement with Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG) to develop what is expected to be Europe’s largest fibre connected small cell network, to support trials of driverless vehicles in the West Midlands.
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Xiaomi has officially expanded to the UK with a slew of products at its first ever launch event in the market, highlighting its flagship Mi 8 Pro, making its global debut outside Greater China. Other products announced include Redmi 6A that offers great value and Xiaomi Band 3, Xiaomi’s wildly popular fitness band, as well as Mi Electric Scooter.
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Rural businesses across Britain are set to receive an overall economic boost of approximately £141m per annum from 4G connectivity, according to new economic research commissioned by O2 and conducted by Development Economics. The mobile network operator is today committing to improve 4G connectivity for a further 339 rural communities, from Drumoak to Lizard, by the end of 2018.
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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Facebook £500,000 for serious breaches of data protection law. In July, the ICO issued a Notice of Intent to fine Facebook as part of a wide ranging investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes.
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npower is working with cloud communications software and solutions provider IMImobile to introduce Apple Business Chat to support its smart meter roll out programme. The date set for every UK home having a smart meter – 2020 – is fast-approaching, so the service is being introduced at a critical time for the business.