The Chancellor in his Autumn Statement heralded investment of over £1bn aimed at stimulating more fibre rollout and to realise the Government’s ambition ‘for the UK to be a world leader in 5G’ next generation mobile networks. The BSG, techUK and INCA are inviting you to join us on Thursday 12 January (9.30am-1pm at techUK) to hear from officials from the Treasury and DCMS, and to participate in a discussion on the framing and next steps on the initiative.
The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) hosted its Annual Conference on Monday 31 October 2016 with a focus on what Brexit means for the UK telecoms sector. Our speakers gave their views on where the opportunities and risks could be for the sector pre and post Brexit. We heard from a range of experts about the key role of European national regulatory authorities in shaping EU policies and regulations and how the UK telecoms regulatory system might evolve, in particular in the context of the review of the EU framework for communications.
The Broadband Stakeholder Group is delighted to invite you to our free Annual Conference on Monday 31 October 2016.
The outcome of the 23rd of June referendum naturally sparked immediate debate and considerable speculation on the future of the UK post Brexit. The BSG Annual Conference of 2016 will focus on what the telecoms sector is looking for from the UK’s new relationship with the EU – and give a taste of how we will be able to exercise influence of EU decision-making. The all-day event will see experts exploring issues specific to the UK telecoms sector, considering the challenges but also the opportunities for the sector pre and post-Brexit.
Urban Connectivity: The Demand and the Challenges
12 October 2016 10.00-17.00
techUK, 10 St Bride St, London, EC4A 4AD
The UK’s cities are determining factors in our economic well-being, helping to drive growth and create jobs. By their nature they require resilient, high capacity and high quality infrastructure. This applies to digital communication networks as much as it does to transport infrastructure. Indeed, it may shortly matter more.
On Monday 14 March, the Broadband Stakeholder Group hosted an event to discuss the Government’s intention to make sure that “every home and business can have access to fast broadband by the end of this Parliament”. The event explored how any target for universal coverage should be framed, the actions needed to meet that target and what lessons can be learned from other countries.
Pushing for Universal Broadband Coverage: What do we mean and how do we get there?
The Government has announced its intention to make sure that “every home and business can have access to fast broadband by the end of this Parliament”. This would go beyond the current BDUK targets for superfast broadband to 95% of premises and build on the Universal Service Obligation of 2 Mbit/s. This event will bring together industry and policy makers to discuss how best to facilitate coverage to the areas which are by definition the least commercially viable, with the debate including issues such as public funding, State Aid, community-led scheme, debt-financing and the creation of a Universal Service Obligation.
The BSG would like to invite you to the launch event of an independent review, undertaken by WIK, of the UK’s approach to the Open Internet (known as net neutrality) on Tuesday 17 November 1100-1300 at techUK.
In August 2015, we announced the review of the Open Internet and Traffic Management Codes of Practice following the adoption of a political agreement on the EU Connected Continent Regulation.
BSG/techUK event – Britain’s Digital Infrastructure: boosting our growth and productivity – 18 November 2015samiragazzane
The Broadband Stakeholder Group and techUK are delighted to invite you to our conference “Britain’s Digital Infrastructure: boosting our growth and productivity”.
A crucial part of fulfilling the UK’s ambition to remain one of the leading digital economies in the world rests in the delivery of the right infrastructure; one fit for the future and capable of meeting user demands on coverage, capacity and quality.
The BSG are delighted to invite you to our free conference “Competition in a converged world”, on 24 November.
The conference will explore the major competition issues surrounding the future of the UK telecoms market: What are the benefits and challenges of converging networks? Which competition models are viable and beneficial for the end-user? How to balance innovation and regulation? How does bundling affect the consumer? Where and what can we deregulate?
The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) will launch a report undertaken by Communications Chambers into the connectivity requirements of small businesses on 2 September.
Today the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), launches the results of a detailed survey into the internet usage of 1000 micro-businesses (those with between 0-9 employees). The survey finds that although 87% of micro-businesses have an internet connection, older businesses – those in operation for more than five years – are less likely to be taking full advantage of the internet in growing their business. (more…)
The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) will launch the results of a survey into the internet usage of 1000 micro-businesses at an event on the 17 November.
Monday, 17 November 1400-1600
techUK, 10 St Bride St, London EC4A 4AD
To register please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Although assertions are often made in the public domain about the bandwidth demands of
SMEs, our Capitalising on Connectivity report exposed a gap in the evidence base on SME internet usage as whole.
We committed to add to this evidence base and the BSG commissioned Comres, the leading market research company, to undertake a telephone based study focusing of 1000 micro-businesses, which make up 95% of all businesses in the UK and account for over 30% of turnover. In addition to data around take-up of superfast broadband products the survey also looks at the use of certain broadband-enabled services and the reasons the businesses do, and do not, utilise them.
Comres, who conducted telephone interviews with companies over the summer, will present their findings before a panel discussion involving operators and other stakeholders on how well understood micro-businesses’ demand for digital connectivity is and how it may change in the future.
This will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Richard Hooper CBE, which will include representatives from BT, TalkTalk and the CBI.
There will also be a drinks reception afterwards.
Shadow Minister Helen Goodman MP addressed the Broadband Stakeholder Group on Tuesday 16 July 2013 on communications and broadband policy post-2015. Following Labour’s announcement that they would invest £75 million in a new programme that would focus on getting more people online and improving digital skills provision if they won the next election, Helen Goodman MP spoke on her vision for digital inclusion, infrastructure, skills, the role of mobile, and more.
A Storify of the #OneDigitalNation twitter conversation is available here.
The Broadband Stakeholder Group is pleased to be a partner of the Broadband World Forum 2013, being held in Amsterdam. (more…)