This timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the findings of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review and consider the way ahead for the development of the UK’s digital infrastructure.
Policymakers and industry stakeholders will discuss what the Review will mean for competition and the structure of the telecommunications market - including around fixed and mobile convergence - and explore next steps for meeting targets laid out for the wide-scale rollout of full fibre and 5G networks, assessing challenges for investment, delivery and take-up.
Delegates will also assess latest progress and impact of the Government’s Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund aimed at supporting the rollout of full fibre connectivity across the UK, with the recent launch of the third round including a focus on rural areas, overcoming barriers to commercial roll-out, improving public services and market development.
Also taking place in light of the publication of the National Infrastructure Commission’s National Infrastructure Assessment - which includes recommendations for investment in full fibre broadband to enable the UK to exploit future technologies - the seminar will consider the role of digital infrastructure in boosting the UK’s productivity and economic growth.
Further sessions will assess the ability of different areas of the UK to support competition and consider the extent to which the policy and regulatory intervention outlined in the Review meets the future needs of the sector and the public - including what further measures might be needed to deliver and support the optimal market structures for encouraging long-term investment.
Guest speakers include:
- James Heath - Director, Telecoms, DCMS
- Alex Towers - Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BT