Westminster eForum

Next steps for developing the UK’s fibre infrastructure

Morning, Tuesday, 28th April 2020

Central London


This conference will consider the way forward for developing and investing in fibre network infrastructure in the UK.

It takes place in the context of:


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • David Clarkson, Group Director, Competition, Ofcom
  • Colin Cook, Director, Digital, Scottish Government
  • James Heath, Director, Digital Infrastructure, DCMS

Further speakers include: Alex Blowers, CityFibre; Catherine Colloms, Openreach; Emily Clark, BT and David Rodman, Virgin Media.

The agenda and keynote contributions

  • Competition and regulation in future network rollout - key aims of the Market Review;
  • The impact of the quality of UK digital infrastructure on future economic performance;
  • Developing fibre and gigabit-capable networks in the UK - incentivising investment, infrastructure access and achieving greater competition;
  • The devolved perspective - addressing the challenges of achieving widespread high-speed network coverage in Scotland;
  • What more is needed from local and national planning frameworks to support the rollout of fibre networks; and
  • Government policy priorities for the UK’s digital infrastructure - investment, coverage obligations and new legislation.

Keynote Speakers

David Clarkson

Group Director, Competition, Ofcom

Colin Cook

Director, Digital, Scottish Government

James Heath

Director, Digital Infrastructure, DCMS


Alex Blowers

Director of Regulatory Affairs, CityFibre

Catherine Colloms

Director, Corporate Affairs and Brand, Openreach

David Rodman

Executive Director, Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Virgin Media

Emily Clark

Chief Economist, BT