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Wholesale voice market reform in the UK - regulation, network modernisation, and the impact on competition and services for customers

TO BE PUBLISHED June 2021


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***


This conference will be an opportunity to discuss priorities for network modernisation and ensuring competition in the sector, as well as the practical challenges of moving to an all IP-based landline system.


The discussion takes place in the context of:


  • regulatory changes outlined in Ofcom’s consultation on the Wholesale Voice Markets Review for 2021-26
  • the auction by Ofcom of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum, and the continued development of 5G services
  • planned upgrades to landline infrastructure, with the planned migration to an all IP-based system delivered over broadband
  • the CMA giving final UK regulatory approval of the merger between Virgin and O2, following initial concerns over wholesale voice market competition
  • Ofcom’s consultation into the future of telephone numbers as it reviews its National Telephone Numbering Plan

Sessions in the agenda look at:


  • the Wholesale Voice Markets Review:
    • with a keynote contribution from Brian Potterill, Director, Mobile Network Strategy, Ofcom
    • evaluating key stakeholder perspectives on competition, modernisation, and Ofcom’s National Telephone Numbering Plan
  • consumers - the impact of changing habits and the use of landline and mobile services, addressing the problem of scam calls, the termination rate cap, and ensuring the best deal for service users
  • an all IP-based landline system - tackling the practical challenges for migration, infrastructure, regulation, and communication with consumers and business

Attendees


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 DCMS; the Department for International Trade; the Department for the Economy, NI; HM Revenue & Customs; the Home Office; the Information Commissioner's Office; the National Cyber Security Centre; Ofcom; UK Space Agency; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Baker & McKenzie; BT; Fieldfisher; North Yorkshire County Council; Pelion; Tech UK; and Werry Consulting.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with other stakeholders from across the telecoms and digital sectors, including telecoms companies and their advisors, 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, as well as 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



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles