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1 CityFibre Full-fibre network operator CityFibre has announced the appointment of Vicky Higgin as its chief digital and information o cer.

Higgin will join in the newly created position, which CityFibre says will be responsible for supporting “the business in its drive to deliver an industryleading ordering, installation and service management experience for wholesale customers”. Commenting on the role, Higgin said: “It’s a fantastic time to be joining a company growing at such a phenomenal rate. There is a huge opportunity for CityFibre to put in place an IT framework that future-proofs it for the next decade and offers our customers a level of service they can’t find elsewhere on the market.”

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2 Virgin Media O2 Virgin Media O2 Business has activated the network at what it claims is the UK’s first 5G-connected hospital, at Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham, south London.

According to a statement, pilots staged at the hospital will investigate the “effi ciency, safety and security of using 5G technologies to improve care, drive effi ciency and reduce waste”.

Mike Smith, director of large enterprise at VMO2 Business, said: “Our aim is to map out the rollout of wireless and smart hospital connectivity across the NHS estate over the next three to five years. Trials like this are the embodiment of our mission to upgrade the UK, and a clear sign of the role we can play in helping to shape the NHS of the future.”

3 Ofcom Communications regulator Ofcom has appointed BlackBerry and Nortel Networks director David Willis as its spectrum lead. Willis was given the job after previous appointee Dan Lloyd was unable to take up the position due to family reasons.

According to Ofcom, Willis will be tasked with ensuring the effi cient use of the UK’s wireless spectrum, including overseeing its sale for new services such as 5G mobile.

Commenting on his appointment, Willis said: “It is a pleasure to be joining Ofcom to lead its experienced and innovative team of spectrum management professionals. I am looking forward to working with the Ofcom team to support and enable the wireless services that are vitally important to our lives.”

4 SFL Major supermarket chain Morrisons has rolled out a suite of Motorola DP1400 radios at one of its food manufacturing sites, located in Deeside in Wales.

According to radio supplier SFL, each department at the facility has its own dedicated channel on the devices, plus one open channel for all departments to communicate through when required. The radios also have a lone worker feature, which has provided “additional security for the engineers working remotely throughout the site”.

The 190,000 square foot manufacturing site operates 24 hours a day. It produces – again, according to SFL – 490,000 tonnes of products each week, across 19 high-speed production lines.

5 The ISPA Voneus Broadband chief executive, Steve Leighton, has been elected the new head of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA).

The ISPA represents the interests of the internet sector to government bodies such as the Home Offi ce, DCMS, and Ofcom. It comprises over 150 companies and organisations including Openreach and VirginMedia02.


September 2022 | | Twitter:@Land_Mobile

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