Business Telecoms Roundup: May 2017

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With news topics ranging from cyber security to planning nationwide 5G, it can be difficult keeping up with everything that’s going on in the world of telecoms and IT. Here’s a round-up of some of the most interesting news from May.

NHS Hacking Scandal

The cyber attack that crippled IT systems of 48 NHS trusts and hospitals was a classic example of a “ransomware” strike taking advantage of a vulnerability in Windows systems. It was orchestrated using malware called WannaCry, which demands each user affected pay $300 in Bitcoin. Cyber security firm—Symantec—is confident that WannaCry ransomware is connected to the Lazarus cybercrime organisation, said to be responsible for the Sony Pictures hack and the theft of millions of dollars from the Bangladesh Central Bank.

Unified Communications in business

Is ‘Unified Communications’ just the latest empty buzzword in telecommunications… or is it an absolute necessity in the modern workplace? How should IT managers and decision makers determine whether investment in a UC solution is right for their company?

Operators plead with Europe to deregulate

Chief executives at some of the biggest European operators have written to the EC highlighting proposed changes to the Electronic Communications Code and ePrivacy Regulation, two key pieces of legislation that will govern the telecoms industry. The operators believe that the amendments would undermine efforts to overhaul the regulation of telecoms to boost investment to full fibre and 5G networks.

Vodafone axes pager business

Vodafone scrapped the sale of its pager business to Capita and will shut down the dwindling division of the business after the competition watchdog threatened to block the deal over monopoly concerns. The pager business relies on technology popular in the 1980s and only has about 1,000 customers left using it. It is based on ageing, standalone technology no longer supported by network vendors.

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