A £10.5m full fibre network to power Aberdeenshire

29 June 2020

SSE Enterprise Telecoms has been awarded a £10.5m full fibre project by Aberdeenshire Council, spanning up to 200km, with the aim of improving the delivery of public services to the community and boosting economic activity and quality of life in the area.

This latest collaboration is a continuation of a 20-year-strong partnership between the two parties and the project comes under the banner of the Aberdeen City Region Deal (ACRD).

It is part of a funding allocation designed to improve the region’s digital infrastructure, key to the long-term future of the local economy. Funding from the Aberdeen City Region Deal provides the opportunity to create a sustainable digital infrastructure from which the region can transform into a world-class digital area.

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WatchGuard Technologies completes acquisition of Panda Security

02 June 2020

WatchGuard Technologies has closed the acquisition of the advanced endpoint protection provider, Panda Security. WatchGuard announced the signing of a definitive agreement to purchase Panda in March 2020.

Panda is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of WatchGuard and the combined company will enable its current and future customers and partners to consolidate their fundamental security services for protection from network to endpoint under a single company.

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Jurassic Fibre gives deployment update

16 April 2020

Full fibre UKISP Jurassic Fibre has issued an update on its progress and to announce the next set of deployment locations in the south west.

The provider, which is currently being funded by an investment of £250m from Fern Trading Limited over the next five years, hopes to eventually reach as many as 350,000 enterprises and homes across Dorset, Devon and Somerset in England.

Additional support is being provided by Tata Consultancy Services (software solution), Hydrotech Water Services UK and Barden Network Engineering (BNE). Jurassic Fibre has already connected its first business customer – luxury hotel Lympstone Manor.

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Mobile UK’s ‘big four’ sign £1bn rural network agreement

14 April 2020

Mobile UK’s four members, EE, O2, Three and Vodafone signed an unprecedented £1bn agreement to eliminate signal dead zones in remote areas.

The Shared Rural Network (SRN) will transform mobile coverage, countrywide and the programme will make 4G mobile broadband available to 95% of the UK and Mobile UK’s members expect this will extend mobile coverage to an additional 280,000 premises and for people in cars on an additional 16,000km of the UK’s roads, boosting productivity and investment in rural areas. This project consists of MNOs investing to extend their coverage by upgrading their existing networks, working together on shared infrastructure and building new sites, with new government-funded masts being built to target areas with no mobile coverage from any operator.

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