News Round-Up 5 July 2019

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

Industry news

Vodafone turns on 5G

Vodafone has become the second UK network to turn on 5G, following EE who launched theirs back in May. Pledging 5G at 4G prices, providing 5G roaming in EU countries, and launching specific plans aimed at businesses, Vodafone are already seeking to differentiate themselves in a fast-growing market. Three are set to launch 5G next month, followed by O2 in the autumn.

Cloudflare and Facebook outages

Tuesday saw 10% of the internet die for half an hour, when web hosting provider Cloudflare made a terrible boo-boo during some routine maintenance. The update to its firewall rules caused a CPU spike across its entire infrastructure, tying up the company’s servers and resulting in users across the world receiving 502 Bad Gateway errors. 

Just a day later, Facebook’s family of apps all had a shocking time too, when images, videos and files failed to load across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for several hours.

Space babies

And finally, babies aren’t going to be born in space anytime soon, following Netherlands-based SpaceLife Origin’s timeframe and business model being “not realistic”. The space baby start-up also cited “ethical, safety and medical” concerns. Who’d have thought? But never fear, they’ve promised to announce new space projects not involving pregnant people or babies. So that’s reassuring.

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Service desk news

The team have had a busy week which has included resolving customer connectivity problems, undertaking PC maintenance and restoring files for a customer. Our telecoms team have been working on a customer's office move, and our IT specialists have also successfully supported a customer in achieving Cyber Essentials accreditation.

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