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Arqiva is at the heart of the broadcast, media and utilities sectors in the UK and beyond, providing critical communications infrastructure and media services.
Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, mobile and other wireless communications in the UK and we are at the forefront of network solutions and services in an increasingly digital world.
Arqiva is the only national provider of terrestrial television and radio broadcasting and provides a machine-to-machine connectivity network for smart metering within the utilities sector.
Arqiva’s history can be traced back to 1922 when it broadcast the world’s first national radio service. In 1936 it carried the BBC’s first television broadcast. In 1978 it enabled Europe’s first satellite TV test. By the 1990s Arqiva was working with the UK’s mobile operators to bring mobile telecommunications to UK businesses and consumers. In the 2000s, it launched the UK’s national DAB radio and Digital Terrestrial Television networks. Most recently, Arqiva has played a pioneering role in the roll-out of the national smart energy and water metering networks.
Our teams are, behind the scenes, delivering millions of vital connections every day for our customers, the major UK and international broadcasters, independent radio groups as well as major utility companies and networks.
Arqiva is owned by a consortium of infrastructure investors and has its headquarters in Hampshire, with major UK offices in London, Buckinghamshire and Yorkshire and operational centres in the West Midlands and Scotland.
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 communications services companies. We’re based in the UK but we serve customers in around 180 countries.
We develop and sell communications propositions and services, and build and operate the networks that are essential to modern lives, businesses and communities.
We operate as a single business, made up of organisational units. There are customer-facing units that sell propositions and services and corporate units that support the whole group.
Our three brands – BT, EE and Plusnet – connect UK consumers to information, entertainment, friends and family, at home and on the move. Between them, they provide the whole of the UK with connectivity.
Provides managed network services to large businesses and multi-site organisations in 180 countries.
We buy access to fixed-line and broadband infrastructure from Openreach, and we use EE’s mobile network to provide mobile phone services.
We connect more than 1m business customers and public sector organisations with our extensive portfolio of communications and IT solutions. We also provide network products and services to communications providers operating in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Openreach builds, and sells access to, the network that connects the UK’s homes and businesses. Openreach also provides wholesale ‘last mile’ fixed access from homes and businesses to exchanges, and installs and maintains the fibre and copper communications networks.
We are a leading business connectivity, communications and IT services provider to major multinational corporations in around 180 countries. We own an extensive global voice and data network providing managed services, security and network and IT infrastructure services, enabling customers’ digital transformations.
We partner in countries worldwide for access to voice and data infrastructure and we buy enterprise technologies and equipment for our customers from the world’s leading technology providers.
CityFibre is the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform. With existing networks in more than 60 towns and cities, CityFibre provides wholesale connectivity to multiple business and consumer service providers, local authorities and mobile operators.
CityFibre has network rollouts underway with plans to pass up to 8 million homes and businesses with open-access full fibre infrastructure. A growing number of Gigabit City projects have been announced for full-city rollouts and CityFibre continues to prime its existing network assets for expansion.
CityFibre is based in London and is jointly controlled by Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners.
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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