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BT names Jan du Plessis as incoming Chairman

Jan du Plessis is to succeed Sir Mike Rake as Chairman of BT when he retires on November 1st having been in the job for ten years.

Prior to taking over the role Plessis will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director on June 1st.

Akixi set to accelerate market traction

Crawley-based Akixi's momentum and traction in the worldwide market shows no signs of slowing down according to MD Bart Delgado (pictured) who this month spilled the beans on his comprehensive 2017 growth and product development plans.

Streamlined mobile tariffs prove popular says Nimans

A streamlined range of O2 and Vodafone wholesale mobile tariffs introduced by Nimans have proved popular, dropping the price by as much as 25% on selected plans.

Tech Data buoyed by positive results

With its Q4 results, Tech Data closed the year off in a good position in Europe, even before adding the Avnet TS business.

While currency headwinds resulted in flat reported revenue of $4.8bn, constant currency sales were up 11% in the fourth quarter, across multiple categories including notebooks and mobility.

8X8 ups the ante in team collaboration with key acquisition and cloud launch

8x8 has acquired LeChat, maker of Sameroom, an interoperability platform that enables cross-team messaging and collaboration in the enterprise.

Budget response: 5G rollout timetable needed to secure £10bn benefits

Responding to the Chancellor's announcement in today's Budget of £16m for a 5G mobile technology hub and a further £200m for local broadband networks, Andrew Ellis, Professor of Optical Communications at Aston University, said: "Economically, investments in Internet speeds have shown a healthy 20:1 return.

Avaya puts Extreme Networks in the frame to buy its Networking business for $100m

Avaya has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Extreme Networks for the sale of its Networking business for approximately $100m. Extreme will serve as the primary bidder in a section 363 sale under the Bankruptcy Code. Other interested parties have an opportunity to bid prior to a deadline set by the Bankruptcy Court. 

Tollring ups the ISO standards

Tollring has upgraded its ISO 9001:2008 accreditation to the new quality standard ISO 9001:2015 as well as renewing the ISO 27001 certification for information security throughout its operations and data centres.

KCOM contracted on DOS2 public sector framework

KCOM has entered into the framework contract as an approved supplier on the UK Government's Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 framework (DOS2) which replaces the previous framework from February 2017.

Acuity Unified Communications acquires customer contracts from 500 Ltd

Acuity Unified Communications has acquired the customer contracts of St Albans-based SIP trunking security firm 500 Ltd. Its fraud protection software portfolio provides security for mobiles and SIP connectivity.

The deal also gives Acuity access to 500 Ltd's self-service provisioning portal.

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