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Arqiva is a leading UK communications infrastructure company enabling a vibrant digital economy. We are behind the scenes and central to millions of vital connections. We are pioneers in an always on, always connected world.
Every day our infrastructure and associated services enable millions of people and machines to connect wherever they are through TV, radio, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT).
We are an independent provider of telecom towers, with around 8,000 active licensed sites, and the only national provider of terrestrial television and radio broadcasting.
Our technology enables us to work with everyone from mobile network operators, such as BT-EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three to independent radio groups and major broadcasters, such as the BBC, ITV, Sky, Turner and CANAL+ to utility companies such as Thames Water.
We provide digital and satellite services and distribution for international clients in Europe, the U.S., the Far East and Australia, including Turner and Canal+ and the Al Jazeera Network.
At Arqiva, we are investing to ensure that the UK has the communications infrastructure it needs to thrive in an increasingly connected world. From carrying the BBC’s first television broadcast in 1936 to launching the UK’s national DAB radio and digital terrestrial television networks in the 2000s, we strive to continuously find ingenious and smarter ways to support our customers.
The BBC's mission has remained the same for almost 100 years; to enrich people’s lives with great programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain. Its vision is to be the most creative, trusted organisation in the world.
The BBC provides a wide range of distinctive programmes and services for everyone, free of commercial interests and political bias. They include television, radio, national, local, childrens’, educational, language and other services for key groups. The BBC also runs orchestras, actively develops new talent, and supports training and production skills for the British broadcasting, music, drama and film industries.
BBC services are used by 91% of UK adults each week and BBC News is the source people are most likely to turn to for news they trust and for impartial, accurate coverage.
The Corporation is funded through a television licence fee and 95% of it's controllable spend is focused on content and delivery with just 5% spent on running the organisation.
The current Royal Charter, which started on 1st January 2017 sets out five purposes for the BBC. They are:
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An introduction to BT:
BT Group is one of the world’s leading communication companies. We’re the UK’s largest mobile network operator and the largest provider of consumer fixed-line broadband: the services we provide are integral to modern life.
Our business is built around our customers in the following units:
BT Enterprise – B2B providing communications and IT services to around 1.2 million businesses and public sector organisations in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
BT Consumer - Our three brands – BT, EE and Plusnet – connect customers to information, entertainment, and friends and family, at home and on the move.
BT Global – Provides managed network services to large businesses and multi-site organisations in 180 countries.
Openreach –An independently governed subsidiary of BT PLC, with its own separate board and Chair. Openreach provides the physical infrastructure that underpins the UK’s digital network, over which different communication providers sell broadband and other services.
In the UK
BT plays a major role in the economic, business and community life of the UK's regions and nations, and in Ireland. We invest billions of pounds each year in infrastructure to boost productivity, create jobs, bring communities closer and enrich peoples’ lives.
CityFibre is the UK’s leading alternative provider of full fibre broadband infrastructure, with wholesale open-access full fibre networks in over 50 towns across the UK, delivering reliable, gigabit-capable full fibre connections to consumers in the public sector, business community, mobile operators and residential markets.
Full fibre connectivity is revered for its gigabit speeds, near unlimited bandwidth and consistent reliability. CityFibre is making significant investments in towns and cities across the UK as we look to rapidly expand the number of homes and businesses which have access to full fibre.
As part of our £2.5 billion investment programme, we are bringing full fibre to one million UK homes and businesses by 2021 and 5 million by 2025 - leading the drive to build the digital infrastructure needed to support the UK’s communities, businesses and wider economy.
KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership operates from 22 offices across the UK with over 16,000 professionals led by 630 partners. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in 148 countries and have more than 200,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International, a Swiss cooperative.
Within KPMG’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice we focus on the most pressing issues faced by our sector clients in this period of unprecedented change. The mass-adoption of over-the-top (OTT) video platforms is sending shockwaves through the television and film business. Social media and online search continue to take revenues away from traditional ad-funded media. News and information publishers seek to diversify through digital subscriptions, e-commerce and live events. Mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships are becoming more prominent by the day as market participants seek to gain scale and acquire complementary capabilities.
The upcoming launch of 5G networks and accompanying gigabit wireless speeds and ultra-low latency promises further redefinition of the boundaries between linear, online and live entertainment. Cloud gaming and e-sports, IOT-enabled devices, AR/VR applications, HD mobile video are just some of the emerging services and use cases that will compete for consumers’ attention and share of wallet. Media executives are striving to develop sustainable business models balancing short term financial goals with long term ambitions.
KPMG has a 360-understanding of these hot issues and the specific threats faced by each of the media segments – television and radio broadcasting, advertising, music, film and news publishing. Our collaborative approach across key international hubs such as London, Silicon Valley, New York, Shanghai and Tel Aviv brings to our clients a powerful lens and repository of insights to help tackle the strategic and operational challenges ahead.
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