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Broadband Stakeholder Group supports Apps World Series Media Partnership, 24-25 June 2015

Apps world event

The Broadband stakeholder Group is happy to be a partner at the Enterprise Apps World in London, 24-25th June 2015. The event will give you the knowledge to help you solve your business’ challenges in mobility, app development, cloud and analytics.

Enterprise Apps World, co-located with Cloud World Forum, is back by popular demand for 2015. Now in its second year, Enterprise Apps World has been developed to address the demands of the global enterprise market to fully understand and safely invest in the B2Employee and B2Customer applications market. Enterprise Apps World brings together CIOs, CTOs, Heads of IT, Security, Mobility and App Developers and provides visitors with the information they need to fully invest, develop, deploy and manage successful enterprise mobility strategies in 2015.

This instalment of the series will be in London, co-located with the well-established Cloud World Forum, and will welcome 8000+ attendees, 3000+ visitors from enterprises and 300+ speakers across 16 streams of content. Enterprise Apps World offers unprecedented opportunities to network with decision makers and budget holders as well as with the real users of the technology, to help you establish your organisation as a leading player and thought-leader in the rapidly growing market place.

More information is available here.

 

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The second Lloyds Bank Business Digital Index was launched last week in association with management consultancy Accenture. Its headline finding was that for SMEs and charities, there is a “slow and not universal move to becoming more digital”. The report found that attitudes and awareness are the biggest barriers to greater digital adoption, confirming the findings of the BSG micro-business survey conducted last year.

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BSG comment: Broadband as a utility? Be careful what you wish for

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EU finds UK ahead of the curve for its digital performance

Ahead of the roll-out of the EU Digital Single Market strategy in May, the European Commission published last week the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). The UK is amongst the top digital performers ranking 6 out of the EU28 behind Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland and Belgium. Lowest digital performers include Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania.

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BSG Comment – Reaping the benefits of the digital revolution – HoL Digital Committee’s recommendations to the next Government

The House of Lords Digital Skills Committee published today a report entitled “Make or Break: the UK’s Digital Future”. It outlines the digital revolution that is taking place and states that the UK is at risk of being left behind. The Committee calls on the next Government to take a more ambitious approach in the development and delivery of digital policies.

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The final 5% challenge – 7 pilot schemes deployed to bring superfast broadband to UK’s hardest-to-reach areas

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport today published their initial findings from the feasibility phase of 8 test pilots that were set up to explore alternative technologies and business cases to deploy superfast broadband to the hardest-to-reach areas. 7 of those pilots are now being taken forward to deployment.

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Ofcom's Consumer Experience reports of 2014 show positive progress on broadband take-up and speeds

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Latest Public Accounts Committee report on rural broadband programme published

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) discussed today the National Audit Office progress report on the Government’s superfast rural broadband programme.

In a more positive session, the Committee reviewed with the panel (DCMS, BT Group and BDUK representatives) issues raised in previous meetings, including the lack of transparency on the detail of the roll-out plans including costs and level of competition in public funding.

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