Category Archives: Regulation

Digital Global Britain – challenges & opportunities

Released yesterday, TechUK’s paper on the impacts of Leaving the Customs Union is driven by concerns to avoid future entanglement in ‘Red Tape’. That well-worn trade body theme (and parade of potential problems) is understandable but what stands out from the paper are some positive and forward-looking recommendations, including: A call for government to  ‘increase its participation in key… Read More »

Broken threads in the competitive canvas?

For wholesale connectivity, Ofcom’s Ethernet charge control will deliver wholesale prices that are approximately 50% cheaper after a three-year period. Good news?  Maybe not. Everyone (except perhaps BT) would welcome greater competition – especially in the wholesale connectivity market. Competition here would surely feed through to retailers and thence to end-users. Not only that, competition… Read More »

Radio Spectrum & Financial Measurement

As the mobile industry advances towards 5G the landscape for spectrum licensing is becoming ever more complex. Service Providers will be dealing with a multitude of devices operating at different frequencies and with markedly different coverage areas.  In a guest presentation for TechUK’s Spectrum Policy Forum, Anna Coast of FISP and her colleague Bob Franklin mapped… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »