News Round-Up 31 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

EE launches 5G

The big news this week was the launch of EE’s 5G mobile network, complete with a live stream of Stormzy rapping on a boat in the Thames. Initially available in the UK’s 4 capitals plus Manchester and Birmingham, the network got off to a shaky start however, when the BBC’s live 5G broadcast of the launch embarrassingly experienced network problems and cut out. 

ARM suspends Huawei contracts

In news from last week, chip manufacturer ARM has suspended all of its contracts and work with Huawei. Despite being based in the UK, ARM’s designs include technology which originates in the US, so it is affected by the US government’s recently-implemented restrictions on trading with the Chinese company.

Virus laptop sold for $1.3m

An art project entitled “The Persistence of Chaos”, which is essentially an old laptop infected with six major viruses, has sold at auction for $1.3m this week. Its ability to connect to the internet is being disabled, and the buyers are being checked out before it’s handed over. So that's reassuring...

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Service desk news

In the last couple of weeks, the service desk has resolved an issue with a customer's finance terminal server, fixed customer issues with Skype, Outlook and AutoCAD, and undertaken PDFsam installations for multiple users at another customer.

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