News Round-Up 17 May 2019

Welcome to the weekly news round-up from our marketing team, featuring highlights from inside our business and the broader industry. 

Industry news

Security news

It’s been a busy week in cyber security news. WhatsApp released an update to protect against malware which accesses users’ phones by calling them, and Windows also released a patch in response to a significant vulnerability which could leave users at risk of a global computer virus outbreak. The patch closes the loophole in older systems including Windows XP, which was the system exploited 2017’s WannaCry attack.

Across the pond, President Trump declared a national emergency on Wednesday, and signed an executive order to protect the country’s computer networks from “foreign adversaries” by banning US companies from using foreign telecoms equipment believed to pose risks to national security. While not specifically named, the ban is seen primarily as being targeted at Huawei, and comes following Trump’s pressure on allies not to use them for 5G equipment.

Vodafone announces 5G plans

Vodafone has announced that it will be launching its first commercial 5G services in 7 cities across the UK in July, with a further 12 following by the end of the year. This follows on from trials which have been taking place in various locations around the UK.

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Service desk news

Our Service Desk team have been busy upgrading a customer to Office 365 this week, as well as offering IT support on a wide range of issues. Our telecoms engineers were also out on-site, deploying new handsets on a customer's phone system.

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