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About ArqivaArqiva operates at the heart of the broadcast and mobile communications industry and is at the forefront of network solutions and services in an increasingly digital world. The company provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio and wireless communications in the UK and has a growing presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. There are three business units:
Terrestrial Broadcast provides transmission for all UK terrestrial TV broadcasters, including the new networks being built for the Digital Switch Over. Transmission is also provided for BBC Radio and most commercial radio stations, both analogue and DAB. The company owns and operates two of the six UK digital terrestrial TV multiplexes, enabling major media companies to bring their TV and radio services to Freeview.
Satellite & Media provides global communication platforms to enterprise, government and broadcast customers around the world. It owns and operates teleports at key locations including Los Angeles, Washington, London and Paris, as well as comprehensive satellite capacity, an international terrestrial fibre network and extensive media facilities. These enable Arqiva to provide world leading organisations with a comprehensive range of services to deliver their data, broadcasts and media across the globe.
Wireless Access provides cellular, wireless broadband, voice and data solutions for the mobile communications, public safety, local government, and commercial markets. Arqiva is the largest independent provider of radio sites in the UK and Ireland. With its own spectrum, the company can provide complete mobile communications networks including backhaul links.
Arqiva has its headquarters near Winchester and other major UK offices in London, Warwick, Buckinghamshire and Yorkshire. The company is owned by a consortium of investors led by Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group. Major customers include the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BSkyB, Classic FM, the five UK mobile operators, the RNLI and the Metropolitan Police.
The BBC exists 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 over 96% of the UK population every week and the Corporation is funded through a television licence fee.
The new Royal Charter which started on 1st January 2017 sets out five purposes for the BBC. They are:
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BT is one of the world’s leading communications companies. We provide the essential backbone for fixed telephone services, mobile network operators and much of the UK’s terrestrial TV distribution.
BT is organised into a number of separate businesses:-
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 10,000 partners and staff. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in 148 countries and have more than 113,000 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 Information, Communications and Entertainment practice we focus on the issues faced by our media clients in this period of unprecedented change. The much heralded convergence is finally a reality, with the traditional lines between media, communications and technology companies now rapidly blurring. The digitisation of content, the explosion in broadband capacity and take up, and the rapid fall in the cost of data storage are forcing ‘old media’ companies to consider their future business models and to forge unprecedented partnerships. As traditional revenue streams fragment, and historic price points become unsustainable as the perceived value of content declines, the challenge is to ensure content is available as widely as possible to maximise potential revenues.
Broadband has enabled the coming of age of the internet, with online trading, the phenomenon of social networking and the rapid migration to online of advertising spend all causing seismic shifts in the business models of many old media companies. The music industry was the first to feel the force - it is now the turn of the broadcasters, newspapers and the film industry. For all media companies, the survivors will be those with the foresight and boldness to change with the times.
KPMG has a keen understanding of these challenges, and the specific threats faced by each of the media segments – broadcasting, advertising, music, film and publishing – enabling us to provide tailored services that address our clients’ needs. For example, our intellectual property, strategic and commercial intelligence and IT advisory specialists are ideally placed to help guide our clients through the challenges posed by the changes this sector faces.
Our teams of sector professionals can work with you to help you achieve your objectives and keep ahead of the game in this ever challenging environment.
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