Huawei ban: Big fines for telecoms companies if they ignore new security standards

Stricter security rules will be enforced around the deployment of future mobile networks in the UK, and telecoms companies could face hefty fines if they fail to adhere to higher standards, according to a new law on the security of 5G and fiber networks.  

A new draft telecommunications security presented to Parliament aims to strengthen the security of next-generation networks, and to provide the government with “unprecedented” powers to force telecoms giants to stick to the new rules. Part of the law includes managing high-risk vendors, which means that the government will be able to impose controls on providers’ use of equipment supplied by companies that are deemed unsafe.  

Last July, following advice from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the UK government ruled that Huawei’s equipment should be entirely removed from the country’s 5G networks by 2027. The telecommunications security bill now enshrines that ruling into law, and

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IBM takes the next step with Cloud Pak for Data

Ever since IBM unveiled Cloud Pak for Data as a cloud-native integrated set of analytics and AI platform, we’ve been wondering when IBM will take the next step and announce a full-blown managed cloud service. It’s now starting to happen as IBM is rolling out IBM Cloud Pak for Data as a Service.

Roll back the tape to last spring when we reviewed IBM Cloud Satellite; we noted that IBM’s primary cloud message has been about multi-cloud, or at least cloud-agnostic. Propelled by Red Hat OpenShift, IBM carved out such a strategy for this managed Kubernetes environment where you could deploy open source software yourself on the hardware or public cloud of your choice or choose IBM to run a managed OpenShift service for you in the IBM Cloud. That is about to get repeated with Cloud Pak for Data.

Cloud Pak for Data consists of an integrated set

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The Boeing 737 Max is back? Not everyone is convinced

Still a bumpy ride to come?


Screenshot by ZDNet

Suddenly, there was optimism in the air.

After the Boeing 737 Max had been grounded for almost two years, the Federal Aviation Administration declared last week that it’s fit to fly. Again.

American Airlines, rarely an airline with excessive touchy-feely qualities, had already anticipated this. It had scheduled the plane from December 29 on the Miami-La Guardia route. If you look carefully, the airline openly declares this flight will be operated on a Max.

Yet here was a plane on which 346 people had lost their lives. The so-called Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System was software that mistakenly pushed the nose of the plane down, with pilots unable to switch the system off as it sent the plane into a dive.

Apparently, everything is fine now.

However, as it gave the go-ahead the FAA admitted that when it originally certified the plane

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Oukitel WP8 Pro phone review: slimline and rugged with a great battery life Review

The Oukitel WP8 is the first smartphone i have reviewed from Oukitel – it is not a familiar brand to me. However, this manufacturer builds both rugged and slimline phones with nice form factors and an array of multi-lens cameras.

Inside the box there is the phone, a SIM pin, an OTG cable and a micro cable and charger. There is also a quick start guide.

On the right-hand edge of the WP8 there is the SIM card slot, the power key and the fingerprint sensor, The left hand side has volume buttons and a configurable smart button.

The headphone jack is sealed beneath a silicone cover at the top of the device, and the charging port is at the bottom of the phone.

The WP8 has a huge 6.49 inch screen with 720 x 1560px and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Pixel density is 268ppi and it delivers 450nit brightness.

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These project management techniques can land you a six-figure salary

Every industry, ranging from manufacturing to software development, benefits from professionals who are certified in quality management. As it stands, Lean and Six Sigma are some of the most sought after quality management skills. Companies that implement these strategies are able to eliminate waste and improve the quality of their output, which ultimately saves time and money. 

As such, learning these quality management skills might be your first step towards a six-figure career. Ziprecruiter notes that the current national average for Lean Six Sigma jobs is $44 an hour, ranging between $30.05 (25th percentile) and $54.09 (75th percentile). But in order to land these high-paying jobs, you need to get certified, and The Ultimate Six Sigma, Lean, and Quality Management Bootcamp can help for just $39.99.

This massive eLearning bootcamp is designed to deliver all the training and certification prep you need to land a quality management job, including

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COVID hit startups badly – but something surprising is happening

At the end of last year, the Middle East’s startup scene was on the up and up. The region’s ride-hailing service, Careem, was acquired by Uber in a $3.1bn deal, and the wider industry witnessed record levels of engagement. 

Research from MAGNiTT, a startup data platform, revealed that $704m was invested across 564 different startups across the region in 2019. “To put it into perspective, 2009 saw $15m of funding in five venture deals,” the company noted. 

The number of funding deals and the broad trend of investment in Middle East startups have been rising.


Image: MAGNiTT

“The story remains success breeding success,” Christopher Schroeder, co-founder Next Billion Ventures and author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East, told ZDNet. “The massive mobile penetration [is] attracting investment from within the region,” Schroeder observed, and that investment is coupled “with more global tech

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