UK Must Drive Digital Connectivity from Good to Great for World-Leading Economy

techUK has today published From Good to Great: Digital Connectivity for a World Class Economy, setting out its vision to transform the UK’s communications infrastructure to ensure every British business can become a digital business and create an open digital economy that works for everyone.

Recent reports have highlighted world-leading communications infrastructure as a vital criteria of the attractiveness of countries to do business with and invest in. As the UK begins the process of leaving the EU, developing new trading relationships with Europe and across the world will be vital to ensuring the UK remains an excellent place to establish and grow a business and achieve this Government’s vision of a Global Britain. Delivering world class connectivity must underpin these ambitions.

While the UK currently has a good standard of digital infrastructure, it can transition from good to great connectivity through investment and collaboration between industry, local and central Government and the regulator. The report outlines clear recommendations to help transform the UK’s digital infrastructure. This includes:

  • Putting sustainable investment at the heart of Government and regulators decision-making such that suppliers are not penalised when upgrading their existing infrastructure.
  • Facilitating greater collaboration through public and private partnership by establishing broad framework agreements that encourage cooperation and trust, for example in the Internet of Things and digital health.
  • Creating a supportive regulatory environment that encourages investment, innovation and early adoption of digital products and services, such as a consistent approach for planning to dramatically reduce costs and delays in fibre installation and operation.
  • Maintaining the UK’s position as an international spectrum leader through agile implementation of spectrum approaches that enable innovative applications, such as fit-for-purpose licenses that will be vital for the upcoming 5G trials and testbeds.
  • Safeguarding the UK’s recognition internationally as a place for businesses to develop digital technologies and services, in a similar manner to securing data adequacy agreement.

Commenting on the report, Julian David, CEO at techUK, said:Julian David techUK CEO photo

“From the commuter on the move to police officers on the beat to farmers harvesting crops and businesses engaged in advanced and multinational manufacturing value chains, world class digital connectivity underpins the transformation of nearly every sector of the UK economy.

“As the UK looks to reposition itself as Global Britain, improving digital infrastructure will also incentivise investment and innovation necessary to raise productivity and deliver economic growth for the whole country.

“Establishing more effective and efficient partnerships across all levels of Government and with public agencies and industry is fundamental to the UK achieving the high quality, secure, and resilient digital infrastructure that is needed for the 2020s and beyond.”

The full report is available here.

Further details of techUK’s activity in Communications Infrastructure Programme is available:

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