Morning, Tuesday, 2nd November 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will discuss progress, key issues, and next steps for meeting the Government’s targets for delivering gigabit-capable broadband.
It takes place in the context of Project Gigabit, which is aiming to deliver gigabit-capable broadband to at least 85% of UK premises by 2025.
Delegates will discuss Ofcom’s decisions on the regulatory framework relating to competition and investment in fibre networks, and the work of the DCMS Gigabit Take-up Advisory Group (GigaTAG).
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with David Clarkson, Director, Competition Policy, Ofcom; James Heath, Chief Executive Officer, National Infrastructure Commission; Paul Norris, Executive Chair, Building Digital UK (BDUK), DCMS; and Dr Matt Yardley, Managing Partner, Analysys Mason.
The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:
- regulation - the future framework for the wholesale telecoms market and what it means for broadband delivery across the UK
- rollout - progress and key issues for meeting the Government’s 2025 target for gigabit broadband coverage, with discussion on investment, infrastructure, planning, and practical challenges
- competition - looking at the impact of the 2025 target on the market, the supply chain, and associated retail services
- wider impact - unlocking the broader benefits of gigabit broadband and the potential role of ultrafast connectivity in supporting economic development, regional growth, and decarbonisation
- uptake - key issues and priorities for broadband customers, including improving reliability, coverage, reducing not-spots, and enabling simple switching
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons and officials from the Cabinet Office; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; the Department for Education; the Department for International Trade; the Department for the Economy, NI; the Government Legal Department; the National Audit Office; the National Infrastructure Commission; Ofcom; the Office for National Statistics; The Scottish Government; and the UK Space Agency. Also due to attend are representatives from the BT; Community Fibre; Fibrus Networks; Jacobs UK; Kelly Group; National Farmers' Union; Openreach; Operis; Prism Business Consulting; Scottish Futures Trust; University of Leeds; and VX Fiber.
Press passes have been reserved by representatives from the Advanced Television; Total Telecom; and ZDNet.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from other stakeholders from across the telecoms and digital sectors, including telecoms companies and their advisors, internet service providers, mobile operators, law firms, technology and innovation platforms, IT and systems developers, consumer bodies, data use and protection specialists, professional service providers, researchers from academia and higher education, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference