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Ofcom publishes the Communications Market October 2004 Quarterly Update

This is the first in a series of quarterly supplements to Ofcom’s annual Communications Market reports, the first of which was published 11 August 2004.

This research aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the radio, telecommunications and television sectors, with a round-up of recent developments and the latest available data on:

Industry size, structure and financing; Availability, penetration and use of products and services; Consumer attitudes and behaviour.

In addition, the report takes a closer look at some emerging themes in each sector:

The London radio market and the pointers it may offer the rest of the UK; UK broadband internet connections passing 5 million; Regional differences in television viewing.

PWC Report: Rethinking the European ICT Agenda

PriceWaterhouseCoopers was commissioned by the Dutch EU Presidency to produce a report on Rethinking the European ICT Agenda: Ten ICT-breakthroughs for reaching the Lisbon goals. This report, which was published in August is currently being discussed by the EU member states in the context of the next phase e-Europe action plan.

OECD report: the Economic Impact of ICT

This recent comprehensive OECD report shows that ICT is having far reaching impacts on economic performance and the success of individual firms, in particular when it is combined with investment in skills, organisational change and innovations.

 

Cabinet reshuffle September 2004

Tony Blair has completed his reshuffle. ePolitix.com gives you all the ministerial moves.

In: Former health secretary Alan Milburn becomes chancellor at the Duchy of Lancaster – chairing the election campaign group, taking a government place on the Labour executive and overseeing the work of the Number 10 policy unit.

Out: Andrew Smith – resigned as work and pensions secretary.

In: Rising star Alan Johnson becomes work and pensions secretary.

Moved: Kim Howells leaves transport to become further and higher education minister.

Up: Transport minister Tony McNulty promoted to minister of state.

Up: Junior whip Charlotte Atkins becomes transport under secretary.

Up: Tom Watson becomes an unpaid assistant government whip.

Moved: Ruth Kelly becomes minister for the Cabinet Office, working with Alan Milburn in his policy capacity.

Moved: Energy minister Stephen Timms replaces her as financial secretary to the Treasury.

Moved: Mike O’Brien takes the energy portfolio at the DTI, where he also oversees e-commerce and competitiveness.

Moved: Cabinet Office minister Douglas Alexander replaces O’Brien to become joint minister of state for trade and the Foreign Office.

Moved: Junior education minister Baroness Ashton and constitutional affairs minister Lord Filkin swap roles.

 

Ofcom publishes The Communications Market 2004 report

This is the first in a series of annual Communications Market reports by Ofcom. The main annual Communications Market publication, which from 2005 will be published in May, will be supplemented by quarterly updates, in October, January and August each year, providing the latest available data on each sector, including:

    • size, structure and financing;
    • availability, penetration and use of products;
    • consumer attitudes and behaviour.

The report highlights developments during 2003 and the start of 2004 across the electronic communications sector in the UK, covering television, radio and telecoms.

'UK spectrum management' and 'A Statement on Spectrum Trading', Ofcom, August 2004

UK spectrum management Trading mechanisms, liberalisation of use, access and innovation

“Ofcom has regulatory responsibilities from broadcasting through to telecommunications. The most significant point of common interest is in the key raw material of most modern communications – the invisible but critically important radio spectrum.

Ofcom has today [6 August 2004] published an overview of the steps it intends to take in 2004-05 to introduce greater flexibility and freedom of use to radio spectrum management.”

A Statement on Spectrum Trading
Implementation in 2004 and beyond

“This Statement follows a public consultation by Ofcom and the Radiocommunications Agency on proposals for the introduction of spectrum trading in the United Kingdom. The consultation, which was published in November 2003, explained that the introduction of spectrum trading and liberalisation would help to encourage efficient use of spectrum by enabling it to be transferred to, and used by, the user that values it most.”

DTI: Wireless Telegraphy Bill – August 2004

This consultation seeks views on a Bill to consolidate the existing legislation on “Wireless Telegraphy”.

There are currently six Acts relating to this subject including the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949. Replacing the existing legislation with a single Act will make the legislation much easier for all users of radio spectrum to understand and use. Some legal inconsistencies and problems have been removed from the legislation and the text of the Bill written so that it is easier to understand. A main object of the consolidation Bill is to reproduce the same legal effect as the current legislation. Thus no policy changes to the current legislation have been made.

Specific questions on the Bill are raised in the consultation and general views on the Bill are sought.

Consultation Documents :

Wirelessbillconsultation.doc – Wireless Telegraphy Bill Consultation document

Wirelessbilldraft.pdf – Draft Wireless Telegraphy Bill

Wirelesspre-con.doc – Pre-Consolidation Amendments Order