This Week In Tech And Telco: Sorry No Internet Today

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun! But the festive cheer hasn't spread to the tech and telecommunication industry just yet. Aside from O2's major outage yesterday, Huawei is also in a spot of trouble with the arrest of their CFO. But what about everyone else? Read more:

O2 unavailable for an entire day across the globe

The big story this week? You’d probably have to live under a rock (well, especially here in the UK) to miss O2’s data outage yesterday. Or, you know, be on a different network...

Millions of customers were unable to get online from 5am on Thursday, December 6, until 3.30am the following day, after what the O2 has said was a software fault as a result of a third party. The third party was later revealed to be telco company Erricson.

O2 said the 3G data service started returning on Thursday evening and was expected to be fully restored by 9.30pm, but 4G did not return until early this morning.

“Our technical teams will continue to monitor service performance closely over the next few days to ensure we remain stable,” an O2 spokesman said.

Other mobile providers running off the Telefónica network were also affected, including Sky, Tesco, and Giffgaff, as well as Transport For London boards that display live bus times.

O2 said they will work with Erricson for a full review to find out what went wrong.

Marielle Lindgren, chief executive of Ericsson UK and Ireland, said: “The faulty software that has caused these issues is being decommissioned. Ericsson sincerely apologizes to customers for the inconvenience caused."


Huawei CFO arrested in Canada

Huawei's chief financial officer and deputy chair, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Vancouver on December 1.

Meng, daughter of the founder of the Chinese telecoms giant, now faces extradition to the United States.

The news comes as another blow to the company, following BT’s announcement just days earlier that it is cutting Huawei technology out of its network core.

Details of the arrest are not known, however it may relate to US investigations into Huawei’s activities in Iran.

Despite strict US export licenses and sanctions on Iran, Huawei gear containing technology from the the States has ended up in the country.

Huawei said it is not aware of any wrongdoing by Meng.

Epsilon activates a new next-generation network route

From Ashburn, Virginia, to Europe: Epsilon’s next-generation network route will bypass legacy New York City chokepoints.

Activated at NJFX [New Jersey Fiber Exchange], the only Cable Landing Station (CLS) colocation campus in the U.S offering Tier 3, carrier-neutral data center capabilities, the new route was established to meet the high demand for diverse network architectures.

“The leadership role Epsilon has taken to support the global networking community is recognized as a critical connectivity infrastructure initiative; eliminating single points of failure like NYC and ensuring global traffic isn’t impacted by issues in the region,” states Gil Santaliz, CEO for NJFX.

NJFX provides secure access to key hubs across North America and Europe, encouraging legacy architectures to embrace innovative capabilities.


IMB sells off old software

IBM is selling off Notes and several other enterprise applications ahead of its Red Hat acquisition.

The $1.8 billion sale, to HCL Technologies of India, waves goodbye to Notes, Domino for email and low-code rapid application development along with others, so the corporation can begin looking forward at AI, hybrid cloud and blockchain.

The Notes sale is historic. Dating back to 1989, Notes was a pioneering software tool that ingrained email and collaboration workspaces in enterprise.

"We believe the time is right to divest these select collaboration, marketing, and commerce software assets, which are increasingly delivered as stand-alone products,” John Kelly, IBM senior vice president of cognitive solutions and research, said in the companies' statement.

“At the same time, we believe these products are a strong strategic fit for HCL, and that HCL is well positioned to drive innovation and growth for their customers.”


Small businesses aren’t adapting to edge, report finds

Small businesses in the UK are falling behind their larger counterparts in adopting new tech, according to a new report by Volta Data Centres.

Just 38% of smaller companies making use of edge computing systems, compared to 60% of bigger businesses, the report found.

In total, 90% of small business owners said their company is not utilizing edge data centers, while just 17% saying they were likely to deploy the technology in the next five years compared to 51% of larger companies.

The ‘Data Loss and Downtime are putting Hybrid and Edge Computing Strategies at Risk’ report, produced by Sapio Research, highlights the growing technology gap between SMBs and large enterprises.

Although edge is still on the rise, the gap between big and small data companies is clear and likely to worsen. Around 45% of firms said they are using the distributed network, while just 25% of companies with less than 100 employees are utilising the technology. This rises to 68% of 100-199 sized companies, 59% of 200-499 and 57% of 500+.

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