Eurobites: UK Tech Leaders Close Ranks to Seek Post-Brexit Certainty

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: British AI firm finds a route into China; businesses sign up for CityFibre's gigabit; an ARM worker is a happy worker; Deutsche Telekom staff make like Wiggins.

  • A group of UK-based technology entrepreneurs and investors has called on the British government to clarify how it intends to ensure top tech talent can remain in the UK in a post-Brexit world. As Reuters reports, the group -- which includes Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom and lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman -- used an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May to express their concerns about potential measures that could be detrimental to Britain's standing in the tech league tables. "The No. 1 concern for entrepreneurs post-Brexit is access to talent, in particular technical talent," they write, adding that quotas on specific skills could "severely limit the ability of new tech companies to grow." (See Brexit: It's Hard to See an Upside and 'Brexit' Vote Hits BT, Vodafone.)

  • Aria Networks Ltd. , a UK-based artificial intelligence (AI) firm, has struck a deal with Chinese systems integrator BOCO, which will initially see Aria's AI software being deployed with communications service providers in two of China's 31 provinces. Aria Networks uses AI to help predict the need for network upgrades, and to determine the optimum route design and configuration of networks.

  • UK altnet CityFibre and its partner provider dbfb have announced that the first businesses have now been connected to its gigabit network in the city of Milton Keynes, which was launched back in July. The network, comprising 162km of "pure" fiber, makes gigabit speeds potentially available to more than 2,700 businesses in and around the city. CityFibre is one of a small group of infrastructure providers challenging incumbent BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) on the fiber-to-the-home front. (See Eurobites: UK Altnets Demand Fair Fiber Deal.)

  • It's official! ARM Ltd. , the chip design company with more than a toehold in telecom, is the second-best place to work in Britain. Official, that is, according to a survey carried out by the Daily Telegraph. An unnamed software engineer at the company gushes: "The atmosphere in the company is really great. I see everybody keen to help each other and lots of new cool technology stuff every day." Similar to Light Reading really, just without the cool technology stuff. Oh, and for those wondering, travel website Expedia took the top slot.

  • And here are some more happy employees. Or at least tired ones. Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has taken delivery of 220 "Deskbikes," which for the uninitiated are like exercise bikes without handlebars, and can in theory be used while sitting slumped in front of a PC. The operatives at Eurobites Towers are keen to try them out too, but worry that they will bang their knees on the unforgiving heavy oak furniture.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • COMMENTS Add Comment
    PaulERainford 12/8/2016 | 6:46:52 AM
    Re: Cycling desk I'm game if you are, Mitch. Just let me move these eight coffee mugs first...
    Mitch Wagner 12/7/2016 | 4:46:28 PM
    Cycling desk I use a standing desk and I've considered a treadmill desk but I draw the line at a cycling desk. What next, handstand desk? 
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