Urban Connectivity: The Demand and the Challenges

  • Wednesday12Oct 2016

    ** This is a past event **

    Experts and decision makers from both the central and local Government, and technology and service providers will discuss the challenges, demand, and innovative...


 Urban Connectivity: The Demand and the Challenges

12 October 2016 10.15-16.00

techUK, 10 St Bride St, London, EC4A 4AD

The UK’s cities are determining factors in our economic well-being, helping to drive growth and create jobs. By their nature they require resilient, high capacity and high quality infrastructure. This applies to digital communication networks as much as it does to transport infrastructure. Indeed, it may shortly matter more.

Businesses increasingly demand more from their digital connections as they do and rely more on it. Similarly, employees and citizens view connectivity as a necessity to engage fully with society. In a globalised world, it is a competitive differentiator.

Driving out superfast broadband coverage to rural areas is critically important but we cannot forget that a fifth of the hardest to reach areas are in urban areas, nor that digital networks allow services to be delivered in a smarter, more efficient manner. This is particularly important in order to balance the demands that cities, with their condensed populations, place on its infrastructure and services. Across transport systems, social care delivery or retail, digital technology offers us the potential to live better quality lives in a more inclusive and informed community.

Underpinning all of this potential is connectivity.

The UK starts from a strong position with cities generally benefiting from multiple infrastructure and retail providers. However substantial challenges remain, including: broadband not-spots, wireless coverage and in-building connectivity, delays in the ability to connect buildings and deploy infrastructure. These challenges will increase as we demand more connectivity and we move towards an Internet of Things and 5G enabled world.

This event brings together experts and decision makers from both the central and local Government, and technology and service providers across the above range of digital sectors to discuss the challenges of infrastructure deployment, the urban economic and social demand, and examine future innovative solutions which will allow services to be delivered in a smarter, more efficient manner. 

Join in the conversation at #UrbanConnectivity.
This event will also be livestreamed - please get in touch with Sophie.Weston@techUK.org for more details.


09.30 – 10.15

Registration and Networking

10:15 – 10:25

Welcome and Scene Setting

Matthew Evans, Executive Director, Broadband Stakeholder Group

Raj Sivalingam, Executive Director, Telecoms and UK Spectrum Policy Forum, techUK

10:25 – 11:30

Session 1 – Today’s Challenges

Steven Bage, Strategic Infrastructure Advisor, City of London

Daniel Butler, Head of Public Affairs, Virgin Media

Andrew Conway, Head of Network Strategy, Telefonica

11.30 –11.50

Coffee Break

11:50 – 13:00

Session 2 – Today’s Demands and Working Better Together

Oliver Johnson, CEO, Point Topic & Steve Sheppard Managing Director, Adroit Economics

William Newton, UK Director, WiredScore

Dana Tobak, Managing Director, Hyperoptic

13:00 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:05

Keynote: Alastair Davidson, Strategy Director, Wireless Infrastructure Group

14:05 – 15:00

Session 3 – Tomorrow’s Potential

Alastair Davidson, Strategy Director, Wireless Infrastructure Group

Mark Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer, Blu Wireless Group

Matt Yardley, Partner, Analysys Mason

Peter Lewis, Business Development Director, Ericsson

15.00 – 15.15

Wrap up and Close

15.15 – 16.00



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