Government broadband makes headway in UK & Europe: SNUK news in brief

SearchNetworkingUK briefs provide a summary of the week’s new product, services and appointment announcements. This week includes government broadband and much more.

Welcome to our weekly roundup of UK networking news. This week’s star topic is government broadband and next-generation networking plans. We’ll be summarising all the latest product announcements, senior appointments, financial results and survey results that UK technology buyers need to know in a nutshell. Please feel free to contribute -- just email me at [email protected].

UK Government shortlists cities for 100 Mbps broadband

The government has shortlisted a further 10 cities to join the UK's four capitals in benefiting from 100 Mbps of broadband access -- the aim is to make these cities “super-connected” government broadband sites using next-generation networking.

The additional 10 cities comprise Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester and Sheffield. The cities will be provided with £100m in funding in total.

BT wins European Parliament networked IT services contracts

The European Parliament has awarded BT two government broadband framework contracts for networked IT services worth a total €120 million (£100 million) over five years. As well as next-generation networking IP telephony, unified communications, video conferencing, Internet access and IT security services, BT will supply network equipment and applications under the contract.

Coleg Gwent tasks LAN2LAN with expanding wireless network

Coleg Gwent, the largest further education college in Wales, has tasked specialist systems integrator LAN2LAN with expanding its wireless network and providing technically enhanced, secure connectivity to thousands of staff, students and guests across its five campuses via next-generation networking. LAN2LAN has also been awarded Elite partnership status by Juniper, making it one of three wireless LAN (WLAN) specialists in the UK.

Sainsbury’s chooses BT for improved network connections

Sainsbury’s and BT have today announced a major deal to improve network connections to the retailer’s 1,000 stores and 23 depots, which will lead to better productivity in stores. The connection of Sainsbury’sto BT’s next-generation networking broadband service will provide enhanced network capacity for convenience stores nationwide, as well as major stores and depots. The improved connections with up to four times more capacity will mean that stores and depots will be able to share more data in real time.

Exinda optimises bandwidth, delivers network visibility for York Data Services

Exinda, a global provider of next generation WAN optimisation solutions incorporating Unified Performance Management has announced that York Data Services (YDS) has deployed its 6760 Series WAN Optimisation Appliance to shape Internet traffic to customers, prioritise applications on its network, and troubleshoot network issues.

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