Westminster eForum

Next steps for delivering telecommunications infrastructure across the UK: investment, regulation and the impact of policy

Morning, Thursday, 15th November 2018

15Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London SE1 8DJ


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 of Honour

Clive Carter

Strategy Director, Ofcom

Guest of Honour

Clive Carter

Strategy Director, Ofcom

Keynote Speakers

James Heath

Digital Infrastructure Director, DCMS

Alex Towers

Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BT


Duncan Nisbet

Stakeholder Engagement Director, The Scottish Government

Baroness Pinnock

Vice President, Local Government Association


Matthew Evans

CEO, Broadband Stakeholder Group

Vishal Dixit

Strategy and Wholesale Director, Vodafone

David Webb

DCMS Policy Unit, Federation of Small Businesses

Mike Surrey

Chief Executive, Gigaclear

Shaun Fensom

Chair, Community Broadband Network

Catherine Colloms

Director of Corporate Affairs, Openreach

Ali Law

Head of Policy UK and Ireland, Sky

Stephen Lerner

General Counsel and Director, Regulatory Affairs, Three