Open-fibre network reaches two-thirds of UK premises, while the number of over-65s using the Internet jumps by more than a quarter in the past year.
BT’s open fibre network is now within reach of more than 19 million homes and businesses, or around two-thirds of UK premises, making faster broadband accessible through a range of ISPs 21 months ahead of schedule. UK fibre availability currently stands at 73 per cent of premises when all networks are taken into account. BT says this compares with just 20-25 per cent for France.
The number of information security breaches affecting UK businesses fell in 2013 but the scale and cost of individual breaches almost doubled. A survey carried out by PwC for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills found that 81 per cent of large organisations suffered a security breach, down from 86 per cent a year earlier. Sixty per cent of small businesses reported a breach, down from 64 per cent.
However, the average cost of an organisation’s worst breach rose significantly for the third year running, to between £65,000 and £115,000 for small firms and between £600,000 and £1.15m for those with over 250 employees.
Worldwide semiconductor revenue rose by 5.0 per cent last year, with memory chips performing particularly well, according to research from IHS Technology. Total semiconductor revenue in 2013 reached $318.1bn, up from $303.1bn in 2012 and overtaking the 2011 figure of $310.6bn. Overall the top 25 chip makers accounted for 71 per cent of total industry takings, headed by Intel with $47bn, or 15 per cent of the market.
A two-year programme to upgrade the traffic signals in Greater Manchester has cut energy use by more than half and saved over £1m. As part of a 15-year maintenance contract, Siemens replaced 52,000 standard traffic signal bulbs with LED lights across more than 1,800 sites. Consequently, monthly electricity usage has fallen from 1,000,000kWh in March 2012 to 480,000kWh in February 2014, resulting in energy cost savings of £750,000 and maintenance savings of over £300,000.
The proportion of people in the UK aged 65 and over who access the Internet has gone up by more than a quarter in the past year, from 33 to 42 per cent, according to Ofcom’s latest Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes Report. The sharp rise is driven by a three-fold increase in the use of tablet computers to go online.
However, older people are still far less likely to embrace the digital revolution than those of working age, with nearly all adults under 35 (98 per cent) now going online. Over 65s typically browse websites and use email, but are significantly less likely than younger people to use apps, online banking, social networking or watching TV programmes or films.
Boeing has delivered its 8,000th 737 - a Next-Generation 737-900ER for United Airlines. The 737 is the world’s best-selling aircraft and the first in history to reach this milestone. A further 3,700 are on order.