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Connectivity

Connectivity: A computer buzzword that refers to a program or device's ability to link with other programs and devices. For example, a program that can import data from a wide variety of other programs and can export data in many different formats is said to have good connectivity. On the other hand, computers that have difficulty linking into a network (many laptop computers, for example) have poor connectivity. (Source: Webopedia)

Business Adoption of Mobile Devices


Section: Research
Some of the most rapid and exciting developments in technology are taking place around mobile devices at the moment. This is in theory presenting CIOs and business stakeholders with some great choices to help optimise the way people work. However, while some might refer to the landscape as being ‘rich and dynamic’, a more pragmatic description for planning and investment purposes would be ‘fragmented and volatile’. Against this background, formulating plans around mobile devi ...   read more

On the road again: managing the road warriors expenses


Section: Research
The tool of choice for the highly mobile workforce is the mobile phone these days. This is because the mobile phone can offer travelling employees, the ability to manage expenses much closer to the point of spend, bypassing traditional methods such as credit cards, receipts and spreadsheets.   The use of a suitable mobile phone focused solution can optimise expense management for all concerned.   This white ...   read more

Compare MPLS and Ethernet for Wide Area Network solutions


Section: Articles
A WAN (Wide Area Network) is a computer network that covers a broad area and its communication links can traverse across metropolitan, regional or national boundaries. Protocols such as Packet over SONET/SDH, MPLS, ATM and Frame relays are often used for the delivery of circuits that are used in WANs.   Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a mechanism in high-performance telecommunications networks which directs and carries data from ...   read more

MPLS IP VPN explained


Section: Articles
MPLS is a highly scalable, protocol agnostic, data-carrying mechanism in high-performance telecommunications networks which directs and carries data from one network node to the next. It belongs to the family of packet-switched networks and here data is transferred in the form of ‘Packets’ and the data packets are assigned a label and the content of the label alone influences packet forwarding decisions and there is no need to ex ...   read more

WAN Application Delivery is the Key to Making Angry Birds Fly


Section: Articles
WAN application delivery—and by necessity, related issues such as data quality, monitoring and optimisation, is one of the biggest behind-the-scenes technologies in the marketplace. It may not get the media attention as do the angry birds that populate the latest mobile games, but how this market shakes out may well make the difference on whether your angry birds catapult across the sky on a timely basis.   According to IDC, WAN application delivery is one of ...   read more

BT Quizzed Over Investment Shortfall


Section: News
MPs yesterday demanded some answers from BT over why the telecoms giant has reduced its investment into the UK’s subsidised broadband deployment. The news comes amid claims that rival companies dropped out of the bidding for projects around the UK, following rules being "set and altered in ways that favoured BT” and TalkTalk boss Dido Harding added that subsidies and "slack regulations” are conspiring to help BT rebuild a monopoly. "There was no way we could join in th ...   read more

BT: London 2012 Most Connected Games Ever


Section: News
As the 2012 Olympic Games swiftly approach, BT has detailed some of the challenges that they and others involved in the technology side of the Games have faced over the past four years. The communications company will be providing telephone and data connections to Olympic venues, as well as the athlete’s village and Olympic Park. BT said that London 2012 will be "the most connected games ever” and that they have done everything they can to ensure that the infrastructure is in pl ...   read more

EU students soon to benefit from even faster Internet speeds, GEANT claims


Section: News
Researchers and students across Europe are set to benefit from an upgrade to the GEANT research and education network, which will allow around 40 million researchers and millions of students to collaborate using a connection of up to 1 terabit. Investment by the EU and Europe's NRENs will enable migration to the new infrastructure, which uses the latest transmission and switching technologies. These are able to support capacities of up to 2Tbps across the core network and are de ...   read more

George Osborne outlines high-speed connectivity investment boost


Section: News
In his Autumn Statement, the chancellor George Osborne has outlined plans to invest £5 billion in national infrastructure projects - including a multi-city rollout of high-speed broadband connectivity solutions. Ten cities across the UK will benefit from the fibre optic  read more

Icann will use Raffle to decide new Suffixes


Section: News
Internet name regulator Icann is to decide today which order it will use to organise applications for new suffixes today; in a raffle for new top-level domains (gTLDs). The raffle will take place later on today and is expected to last around 6 hours. 1,930 applications   read more

O2 launches super-fast 4G network in London


Section: News
Mobile telecoms operator O2 has switched on the first 4G LTE network in London in a trial that is expected to last nine months and lead to a major boost in connectivity in the capital. The technology will be accessible to consumers, businesses and venue owners in an area of London encompassing Hyde Park, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, the South Bank and Kings Cross. Placeho ...   read more

Ofcom Make Business Calling Clearer to Consumers


Section: News
Telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that it intends to make "major changes” to better help consumers understand the costs involved when calling businesses and services. Calls to numbers beginning with 08, 09 and 118 will all be subject to the changes as currently, consumers are not informed of the costs involved when not calling from a BT landline. The numbers are used by a range of businesses, public bodies and organisations. The new guidelines, which have been an ...   read more

Ofcom Release Anti-Piracy Code


Section: News
Ofcom has published a draft code which will require ISPs to inform consumers if it’s suspected that their internet connection is being used for illegal downloads. The new measures are a part of the on-going Digital Economy Act 2010 and will allow customers to appeal against any possible action taken, but it will cost them £20 to do so. Ofcom say that the new code is intended to encourage internet users to "downloa ...   read more

Remote Working Debate Rages On


Section: News
Following the decision of Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer in February that remote workers should relocate to offices or leave, a debate has been raging about the issue and if she is right in saying that telecommuting cuts into worker’s productivity. A large part of the problem seems to be that, whilst there are plenty of academic studies on the subject, these offer conflicting opinions on the usefulness of working from home. Add to this that there are no official figures on how many w ...   read more

Wearable Tech to take Enterprise by Storm?


Section: News
BYOD could soon be adapted to be known as ‘BYOWD’ (Bring Your Own Wearable Device) if wearable devices "take the enterprise by storm”, as predicted will happen by several recent articles. According to Business Insider, the wearable technology market will be worth $12bn by 2018. The BYOD market is already growing at a rapid rate and is expected to show growth from $67.21bn in 2011 to $181.39bn by 2017. In the "developed” world, it’s now thought that around 44% of workers take th ...   read more

Workforce mobility 'top of agenda at connectivity conference'


Section: News
Workforce mobility was at the top of the agenda at the recent CTIA Enterprise and Applications 2011 October conference - showing that flexible working is here to stay. According to Strategy Analytics Wireless Enterprise Stategies (SAWES), topics of particular interest were the management of workplace mobile devices  read more

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