Thursday, 14 December 2017

For whom the bell tolls

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 16 June 17

In the week the EU called time on roaming, the clock started ticking on upgrading and extending the U.K.'s broadband infrastructure.

Total Telecom's third annual Connected Britain took place in London this week against the backdrop of a hung parliament, question marks over Brexit, and backslapping in the EU thanks to the long-awaited abolition of retail roaming charges. Telcos, public and private enterprises, central and local government, opposition politicians, community groups, and regulator Ofcom were all in attendance and in broad agreement that if the U.K. is to remain globally-competitive after Brexit – which after the result of the snap election is something of an open question – then it needs world-class connectivity. "The U.K. does need to have that ambition for the future, comparing ourselves to the best-in-class globally," insisted Steve Unger, group director at Ofcom. There was also more support for the argument that world-class connectivity means rolling out fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and at a push Gigabit cable…

Total Telecom's third annual Connected Britain took place in London this week against the backdrop of a hung parliament, question marks over Brexit, and backslapping in the EU thanks to the long-awaited abolition of retail roaming charges. Telcos, public and private enterprises, central and local government, opposition politicians, community groups, and regulator Ofcom were all in attendance and in broad agreement that if the U.K. is to remain globally-competitive after Brexit – which after the result of the snap election is something of an open question – then it needs world-class connectivity. "The U.K. does need to have that ambition for the future, comparing ourselves to the best-in-class globally," insisted Steve Unger, group director at Ofcom. There was also more support for the argument that world-class connectivity means rolling out fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and at a push Gigabit cable…

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