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June 17, 2016  11:21 AM

Lack of co-operation on cyber skills costs London more than membership of the EU costs the UK

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BCS, Brexit, Cisco, CompTIA, CREST, IBM, IET, ISACA, London, NCA

I have been asked to change the headline of my blog yesterday on the case for supporting a London Cyber Security Skills...

December 7, 2015  12:47 PM

Ofcom consults on plans to tackle the UK Communications Confusopoly

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, CMA, confusopoly, copper, DCMS, fibre, FSB, Huawei, INTUG, IoD, monopoly, Ofcom, Zayo

Ofcom has just published its Proposed Annual Plan for 2016/17  with a deadline of 26th February 2016 for responses. It has three clear objectives:

  1. Promote...

December 1, 2015  9:43 AM

Could London match Singapore with unsubsidised fibre to the flat?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, boardband, Cisco, EE, Ericsson, fixed, fttc, FTTP, gfast, Huawei, Hyperoptic, Internet of Things, lifi, London, M2M, molile, Singapore, UO, VoIP, Wifi

Singapore and Hongkong are London's most dangerous global financial services rivals and also have the best big city broadband. What do we and they they have in common? The high proportion of residents who live and work in housing and office complexes which are cheap to fibre up - provided this is...

August 24, 2015  2:52 PM

Transforming broadband across the UK – not just Bristol

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
B4RN, Bristol, BT, Cisco, Devon, FTS, Gigaclear, Inca, kent, LEP, Metronet, Microsoft, Somerset, Stokab, Teliasonera

The transformation of the UK broadband market over the past year is illustrated by presence of BT, 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend

August 19, 2014  11:22 AM

How does the UK move to a high resilience, secure and ubiquitous, post-internet, any-to-any “mesh”?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, Amazon, Apple, B4RN, BDUK, Broadband, btgroup, Cisco, Coventry, Crapband, cumbria, DCMS, e-Bay, easynet, Ercisson, Facebook, FSB, gigabit, Gigaclear, Gowex, Huawei, Hyperoptic, Inca, Internet, IPv6, ITS, Kirklees, LINX, Metroland, Netflix, Ofcom, Openreach, Peterborough, PSN, Skype, superfast, twitter, Utility, Virgin, Virgin Media, Worldcom, York

A couple of days ago I said that the importance of the

April 22, 2014  10:44 AM

Surviving the post Heartbleed Cyber Security Skills Crunch

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Cisco, City, CompTIA, Contracts, Cyber security, e-skills, Guilds, Heartbleed, IISP, Information security, Linux, Oracle, SFIA, VMware

IT users and suppliers, particularly those in financial services and its suppliers are about to be hit by an IT Skills shortfall akin to that during the run up to Y2K: for similar reasons. A surge in demand for skills in short supply is hitting an industry which has not recruited sufficient...

March 8, 2013  8:45 PM

DCMS to Move to Treasury (Building) as part of downsizing …

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Cabinet office, Cisco, DCMS, treasury

Earlier this week I heard a rumour that DCMS was moving to Treasury as part of a Government reshuffle. It sounded odd that such a profound change could have been planned without any leaks. My "source" has now traced the source of the rumour - to an

October 24, 2009  9:05 AM

What is not different about the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cisco, Cybercrud, Google, Huawei, IPv6, Microsoft, Ofcom, YouTube

I enjoyed Government 2010 on Thursday despite the tunnel vision of enthusiasts who believe the Internet changes everything but will nonetheless be much the same in 2015 as it is today. That may, unfortunately, be...

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