BSG Annual Conference – the Future of Digital Communications – Thursday 2 November 2017 #BSGComms17

BSG Annual Conference – the Future of Digital Communications – Thursday 2 November 2017 #BSGComms17

The Broadband Stakeholder Group is delighted to invite you to our free Annual Conference on Thursday 2 November 2017.

Kick-starting with a keynote speech from Minister for Digital Matt Hancock, the Conference will focus on the future of digital communications, both in terms of infrastructure deployment and take-up of services.

The deployment of superfast broadband infrastructure has increased coverage and capacity, as well as the proliferation of innovative services delivered to consumers, citizens and businesses. The BSG Conference “The Future of Digital Communications” on 2 November will gather industry experts and commentators to explore major public and commercial initiatives towards the deployment of ultrafast networks across the UK. In particular, we will explore the link between adoption of existing infrastructure – upgrading for standard to super to ultrafast broadband – and investment in new networks.

We will also highlight the challenges in getting businesses and consumers getting on and doing more online to take advantages in the increases in bandwidth and coverage. This will include focuses on how to get more people and businesses online and increases their digital maturity.

The Conference is kindly sponsored by Analysys Mason.

Confirmed speakers include Clive Carter (Ofcom), Andy Edge (Ernst&Young), Matt Yardley (Analysys Mason), Richard Hooper and Matthew Evans (BSG), and speakers from CityFibre and the Good Things Foundation.

Registration is free and lunch will be provided.  Please email with your name, position and organisation to secure your place.

The event will take place at techUK, 10 St Bride St, London EC4A 4AD on Thursday 2 November from 9.30am and end with a networking reception until 5pm.



9.45am – 10.15am Registration & Networking
10.15am – 10.30am  

Welcome –  Richard Hooper and Matthew Evans

Broadband Stakeholder Group


10.30am – 11.00am  

Keynote speech: Government’s ambitions for the UK Digital Infrastructure and ongoing initiatives

Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital – DCMS


11.00am – 11.45am  

Where are we? The state of UK digital connectivity

Matt Yardley, Partner – Analysys Mason


11.45am – 1pm  

Panel 1: Incentivising ultrafast network deployment and take-up

Build and they will come? 

Cliver Carter, Director of Strategy – Ofcom

Andy Edge, Assistant Director – E&Y



1pm-2.15pm Lunch
2.15pm – 3pm  

Panel 2: The internet of everyone?

How to get businesses and people online?

What are the inhibitors?

What are the practical approaches to tackle barriers to take-up?


Good Things Foundation


3pm – 3.45pm  

Bridging (avoiding) the Digital Divide now and in the future

Richard Hooper in conversation with special guests

3.45pm – 4pm  

Conclusions – Richard Hooper and Matthew Evans  


4pm-5pm Networking refreshments


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