Preparing for the 5G Era

Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange S.A., Telefónica S.A., and Vodafone Group Plc are joining forces to support the rollout of Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) as the technology of choice for future mobile networks to the benefit of consumer and enterprise customers across Europe.  In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the four operators expressed their…

Facebook “Flunkey”?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg threatened to pull Facebook’s investment from the UK in a private meeting with Matt Hancock, the bureau of investigative journalists reveals. In response, Hancock appears to offer to water down regulation. The minutes of the meeting (attached below), from a technology conference in Paris in May 2018, were released after a…

Vodafone Aims for Net Zero Emissions by 2040

Vodafone, the largest mobile and fixed network operator in Europe, says it has committed to reducing the company’s total global carbon emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2040. It also confirmed on 23 November that its 2030 carbon reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative as in line with reductions required to keep…

EPP Plea For Increase in EU Research Budget

EPP Group MEPs Sven Simon, Christian Ehler and Christian Doleschal, together with a number of top scientists have sent a letter to the commission and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pleading with them to reject the drastic cuts to European research funds, as part of an agreement on the 7-year-EU-budget and the Recovery Fund. The letter was initiated…

€128m Approved for New Research

Following the selection announcement in August, the Commission has now signed grant agreements, under Horizon 2020, with 23 new research projects that will receive a total of €128 million to address the continuing coronavirus pandemic and its effects.  The funding will enable additional research to strengthen and adapt industrial capacity to manufacture and deploy medical equipment.This…

Health Technology Research

The Commission has awarded some €508 million in grants to 75 projects to tackle cancer, brain-related diseases, infectious diseases, complex chronic conditions, antimicrobial resistance and other important areas of health research.  These projects are to receive money following the official signatures of grant agreements in the coming weeks.  They were short-listed after evaluation and will…

Scotland-Lithuania Cooperation

A Scottish start-up which develops technology to keep consumers safe online has struck a deal with the Lithuanian government to crack down on illicit trade. Vistalworks will spearhead closer ties between Scotland and Lithuania’s GovTech Lab, which encourages innovative solutions to help governments address a range of challenges. Glasgow-based Vistalworks is the only UK firm…

Cybersecurity Awareness

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), Europol’s Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the Computer Emergency Response Team for the EU Institutions, Bodies and Agencies (CERT-EU) have launched the 4th annual IoT Security Conference series to raise awareness on the security challenges facing the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem across the European Union.  The series will span three…