Monthly Archives: March 2017

Another Day, Another Nail

Not a good week for BT & Partners. Monday’s news of fines by Ofcom and promises of compensation for wholesale customers included a supplement for regulatory obstruction. The confirmation today that the long-term downward trend in complaints about Broadband and Phone-lines has stalled will not ease the pain. BT shareholders, however, reacted positively to the fine for… Read More »

Fighting for a Gigabit Society

The prospects and implications of Gigabit connectivity are demanding serious attention. In the European Parliament and here in the UK the gloves are off. Combatants are climbing into the ring. Referees are calling for a fair fight. The danger is that silo thinking, with far too much concentration on the health of the telecom industry… Read More »

Transformative Projects – pinpointing real needs

So many angles. So many pointers. Such good timing. It is difficult to know where to start. So we begin by offering thanks and congratulations to Public Health England and the Local Government Association.  ‘Health and wellbeing in rural areas’ is not a report destined to sit on bookshelves, ignored or forgotten. Sometimes, in the… Read More »

Cyberpants – being scared doesn’t avoid being scarred

News media rarely resist opportunities to scare the cyberpants off their audiences.  Often they are simply reflecting the gesture politics of populist leaders who wish to be seen as pro-active but lack effectiveness in their policy pretensions.  Clearly there are dangers in complacency but, in the view the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, the… Read More »

Local Government Association – 5G everywhere, please

Responding to the £16 million to trial new 5G technology and £200 million for local broadband projects announced in today’s Spring Budget, Chairman of the LGA’s People and Places Board, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, said: “The Government says 5G technology has the potential to make Britain a global leader in mobile digital connectivity. As such, we… Read More »

Inclusive Growth – an economy working for everyone

For an Observatory whose perspective is coloured by tech-tinted spectacles, detailed comments on the work of economists are relatively infrequent. FISP does however routinely highlight the economic impacts of digital infrastructure provisions – or lack thereof. Our comments on the recent RSA report ‘Inclusive Growth Commission’ arise from a less-technological and more societal viewpoint. Our… Read More »

Will Connected Cars Stall in the UK?

There can be no doubt that car connectivity is exercising engineering and business brains – and not just in the automotive sectors. It is difficult to reckon but the public and private investments of major players are indicative of very large and serious strategic choices.  Yesterday’s announcement of collaboration between 5GAA and EATA not only… Read More »

Shows some small improvements but could do far better

In the annual Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) the ranking of the UK has now slipped to 7th place.   In these Digital Transformation stakes the metrics show improvement in all areas – but still the UK is overtaken by faster improving EU States. As with so many of these multi-factor indices it is not the… Read More »