How local government and the telecoms industry can collectively improve the citizen experience

07 December 2023

Bob Driver, lead for adoption, UKTIN

Innovation has always been split into two parts: the shiny new thing, and the practical considerations of how to deploy it effectively. When it comes to smart cities and smart communities, the concept is not new, but the reality of delivering connectivity for citizens is challenging.

With technologies and standards constantly evolving, local government must make sure they are effectively navigating the complexities surrounding the deployment of advanced communication technologies. Whether this is how they partner with the private sector, understanding the role they can play in developing commercial models, or complying with regulations around data privacy.

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WiFi 6, 6E and 7 top the charts for 2024 deployments

05 December 2023

WiFi 6, 6E and 7 top the list of wireless technologies that network operators, ISPs, device and chipset vendors, enterprises and other companies plan to deploy by the end of 2024 — ahead of CBRS, DAS and private 4G/5G.

Confidence in investment across the sector is rising with 58% saying they are more confident in investing in WiFi compared to a year ago even though the business model remains the most pressing challenge for new deployments. 6GHz spectrum availability also remains front of mind with two thirds deeming it an important issue for 2024.

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IT skills gap lies in AI knowledge

05 December 2023

Almost one third (29%) of IT decision-makers believe their most substantial IT skills gap lies in AI, according to Telehouse International Corporation of Europe’s new ‘Ensuring the right skills and people exist in digital infrastructure’ report.

A wider skills and talent shortfall in the digital infrastructure industry is also hindering innovation, with nearly two-thirds (63%) citing a lack of diversity and inclusion within their IT teams, including 27% who believe the shortfall is significant. Meanwhile, more than half (51%) believe there’s a lack of interest in the digital infrastructure sector as a career.

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Autumn Statement: missed opportunities

05 December 2023

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt has announced the government’s plan to ‘get Britain growing,’ with tax breaks for businesses permanently extended, and a further 110 growth measures announced.

Focusing on realising the benefits of AI, the government will be launching the first AI Safety Institute, backed by an initial £100 million investment. It will also be investing a further £500 million in compute for AI over the next two financial years, bringing the total planned investment in compute to more than £1.5 billion.

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