Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 59 - Page 17


£ 15 million investment in satellite communications from UK Space Agency

through the UK Space Agency ’ s leading role in the European Space Agency ( ESA ) Advanced Research in Telecommunications Services ( ARTES ) programme .
This new funding package is announced as the Science Minister travels to Rome , Italy , in her first space-focused visit overseas to meet ESA Director General , Josef Aschbacher .

Science Minister , Nusrat Ghani , has unveiled a new £ 15 million fund for UK businesses to revolutionise satellite communications technology .

The competition , running until spring 2023 , is open to organisations developing ambitious technologies across the satellite communications ecosystem .
The meeting is in line the ESA Council of Ministers ( CMIN22 ) where the UK and other member states negotiate their future contributions to ESA for priority space projects and missions .
“ I am proud to be representing the UK space sector as we discuss our ambitions ” said Nusrat Ghani . “ There are a series of important programmes on the table and I want to harness opportunities in space to grow the UK economy , create jobs and inspire young people into STEM careers .
It will prioritise customer needs , support sustainable growth and catalyse further investment into the UK space sector , which already employs 47,000 people .
“ We ’ re also making new funding available now to strengthen the UK ’ s position as a world leader in the satellite communications market and I look forward to seeing the results of the competition .”
Ideas can focus on creating entire new satellite constellations , ground systems , or delivering new services to customers and will be funded
The £ 15 million fund comes as a new report shows every £ 1 invested in ESA generates an overall return of £ 11.80 for the UK economy .

VodafoneZiggo chooses Oracle Fusion Cloud applications

Telecom provider , VodafoneZiggo , is moving a number of business systems for finance , HR and supply chain to

Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications Suite . The implementation is led by Accenture and Profource , members of the Oracle PartnerNetwork ( OPN ).
With over 7 million customers , VodafoneZiggo is one of the largest providers of fixed , mobile and integrated communication and entertainment services in the Netherlands . The telecom company is replacing some of its on-premises business systems with Oracle Fusion Applications . By doing so , the company connects and standardises important business processes on a single data platform .
“ Digitalisation and connectivity are changing the way we work and live . As a company , we must move along to support our customers in this new world ,” said Eben Albertyn , CTO at VodafoneZiggo . “ With this step , we are consolidating and simplifying our business systems , so that we can operate even more agile and flexible .”
“ With Oracle Fusion Applications , VodafoneZiggo has an integrated platform to improve operational efficiency , tap into continuous innovation and support the company in achieving new goals ,” said Cormac Watters , EVP Applications EMEA at Oracle . “ We are delighted to support it on this .”
Oracle Fusion Applications and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure ( OCI ).
Oracle Fusion Applications is an integrated suite of applications that enable companies to quickly respond to changing needs and market conditions . The suite includes Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP ), Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management ( HCM ) and Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing ( SCM ).
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