On 25 February, Ofcom, communications regulator in the UK, published the initial conclusions of its Strategic Review of Digital Communications. This is the first major review of the UK communications sector in ten years, setting out plans to improve telecoms quality and coverage for consumers and businesses.
On 26 April, Sharon White, Ofcom’s Chief Executive, met EIF members and friends in the European Parliament to present findings of the Review and discuss regulatory challenges ahead of the EU telecoms reform. Pilar del Castillo, MEP and EIF Chair, hosted this timely debate.
Ms White took the opportunity to present key outcomes of the report and noted that “many of the challenges that we see in the UK appear to be common to other Member States.” She elaborated on the following points:
Universal Service Obligation – UK government plan to make sure no-one is left behind on broadband access - giving everyone a legal right to request a 10 Mbps connection.
Plans for promoting investments in the ultrafast fibre networks.
Better quality of service across the telecoms industry. Ofcom intends to introduce tougher rules on faults, repairs and installations; transparent information on service quality; and automatic compensation for consumers when things go wrong.
Ms White also used the occasion to share her views on the upcoming EU telecoms review.
Vesa Terävä, Head of Unit Regulatory Coordination & Users at DG CONNECT, European Commission, took the floor to present key comments on Ofcom’s review.
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Investments in broadband in Europe
EIF breakfast meeting with Digital Business First
Perspectives for Mobile and Broadband in the UK 2020
Wireless Broadband and Universal Access
Funding Digital Infrastructure
Competition and Connecting Europe Facility
Dinner with Ed Vaizey: the interner - who pays?
Broadband for all: how is Europe progressing?
Broadband for all: do we have the right spectrum policy?
Breakfast with Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT retail
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High capacity broadband everywhere: the potential of mobile connectivity
Meeting with Lord Carter, UK Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting
WIFI4EU: Connecting citizens to the Gigabit Society
5G in Europe: obstacles and promises
Smart Cities: advantages for society & opportunities for businesses
EIF Members met Sharon White, Ofcom’s Chief Executive
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EIF Asia Study Trip: Examining Asia’s dynamic digital development
EIF-DPA Joint Event: Perspectives for Mobile and Broadband in the UK 2020
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Connecting Europe Facility – will public stimulus prove an efective catalyst to private investment?
Who pays the internet? Dinner with Ed Vaizey
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Broadband for all: the battle for spectrum in the 21st century
Tomorrow's internet business models: the need for fair platform competition
Digital Dividend: rate of return higher if Europe succeeds on spectrum policy
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Meeting with Stephen Carter, UK Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting
Carlos Zorrinho, MEP & EIF member, on WIFI4EU
Anthony Whelan, DG CONNECT, on WIFI4EU
Ilona Kish, Public Libraries 2020, on WIFI4EU
Stephan Schott, EUSANET, on WIFI4EU
Ray McConnell, Blu Wireless Technology, on WIFI4EU
Michal Boni MEP opens EIF debate on 5G in Europe
Laszlo Toth, GSMA, on 5G in Europe
Krasimira Bozhinkova, SES, on 5G in Europe
Markus Borchert, DIGITALEUROPE, on 5G in Europe
Anna Krzyzanowska, DG CONNECT, on 5G in Europe
François Fischer, ERTICO – ITS Europe, on 5G in Europe
Martyn Lee, Sky, on 5G in Europe
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Michal Boni MEP opens debate on Media Convergence
Ole Ledang, Telenor Satellite, on Media Convergence
Simon Fell, EBU, on Media Convergence
Matthias Kurth, Cable Europe, on Media Convergence
Andreas Röver, DG CONNECT, on Media Convergence
Gunnar Hökmark MEP on the Spectrum Policy
Andreas Geiss DG CONNECT on the EU spectrum policy
Evert Dudok ESOA on satellites & spectrum
Valerio Zingarelli RAI/EBU on spectrum in the EU
Afke Schaart GSMA on mobile & spectrum
Jurand Drop, Gov. of Poland, on the World Radio Communications Conference
Vincent Sneed AER on radio & spectrum
Peter Linton on the EIF report 'The Digital World in 2030'
Ajit Jaokar on the EIF report 'The Digital World in 2030'
Peter Olson on the Importance of Connectivity
James Elles MEP on Mobile and Broadband in the UK
Anthony Whelan (DG CONNECT) on Broadband in Europe
Stefan Zotti (European Commission) on Broadband in Europe
Gábor Bihary (CoR) on Broadband in Europe
Michael Garvey (Digital Business First) on Broadband in Europe
Vittorio Vallero (Piedmont Region) on Broadband in Europe
Edit Herczog MEP on Broadband in Europe
Alex Pratt on Mobile and Broadband in the UK
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