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 »

Norwegian would

Scandinavian countries have a habit of investing early and leap-frogging the more cautious.  As with Mobile and then Full Fibre, so it will be with all manner of networked things. Across three cities and  available free of charge to Norwegian entrepreneurs and students, Telenor’s ‘Start IoT’ hopes to support entrepreneurship, boost innovation and help with building… 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 »

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 »

Comparative Policy – a Broadband Perspective

Students of Comparative Policy need thick skins. Setting any nation’s performance in a wider European or Global context rarely gains instant domestic approval. The observations will often be criticized or dismissed out of hand. The exceptions to the general “Rubbish!” rule are twofold: firstly a position at or near the top of the league and,… 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 »

Ofcom Decides – BT Wins

There was only one real winner in the Ofcom decision to allow OpenReach to remain a BT company and that was BT. OpenReach whoever owns it is simply not fit for purpose. [Further comment from today’s Daily Telegraph]: BT’s outgoing Chairman Sir Mike Rake ‘has repeatedly harked back in public to its decision during the financial… Read More »