Thursday, 22 August 2019

Delivering a Connected Britain; an interview with Arqiva

David Crawford, Managing Director Telecoms & M2M, Arqiva
Monday 10 June 19

Ahead of Connected Britain 2019, Total Telecom caught up with David Crawford, Managing Director Telecoms & M2M at Arqiva to find out his perspectives on the UK's connectivity landscape, his predictions for the upcoming 12 months and to hear what he thinks are the key opportunities for the UK that will result from the roll-out of high capacity digital infrastructure. Is full fibre and 5G a realistic goal for the UK? Yes … and more than that, full universal high-speed, high capacity connectivity will become a universal service obligation – at least for the government. It is more a question of when rather than if.  Whilst Brexit may be grabbing the lion’s share of the press headlines, the government has a clear agenda to drag the UK out of our ‘laggard’ position with regards to current mobile data and fibre connectivity. Following the somewhat compromised ‘MIP’ project some 5 years ago, between OFCOM and DCMS there is a renewed ambition to force the mobile sector to deliver far more widespread mobile data coverage with the minimum short-term target being set at 92% geographical coverage. There are also a range of regionally orchestrated, but central government funded, 4G in-fill projects and 5G Rural Test-bed initiatives that are tackling this challenge…

Ahead of Connected Britain 2019, Total Telecom caught up with David Crawford, Managing Director Telecoms & M2M at Arqiva to find out his perspectives on the UK's connectivity landscape, his predictions for the upcoming 12 months and to hear what he thinks are the key opportunities for the UK that will result from the roll-out of high capacity digital infrastructure. Is full fibre and 5G a realistic goal for the UK? Yes … and more than that, full universal high-speed, high capacity connectivity will become a universal service obligation – at least for the government. It is more a question of when rather than if.  Whilst Brexit may be grabbing the lion’s share of the press headlines, the government has a clear agenda to drag the UK out of our ‘laggard’ position with regards to current mobile data and fibre connectivity. Following the somewhat compromised ‘MIP’ project some 5 years ago, between OFCOM and DCMS there is a renewed ambition to force the mobile sector to deliver far more widespread mobile data coverage with the minimum short-term target being set at 92% geographical coverage. There are also a range of regionally orchestrated, but central government funded, 4G in-fill projects and 5G Rural Test-bed initiatives that are tackling this challenge…

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