techUK's report From Good to Great: Digital Connectivity for a World Class Economy, sets out techUK's 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.
World class connectivity is the ability for citizens, consumers and businesses to reliably and securely access a full range of digital services at a cost they can afford, both now and in the foreseeable future.
In order to achieve this, the below five recommendations need to be addressed to ensure that the UK can make the leap from good to great connectivity:
- Sustainable Investment
Sustainable investment and innovation in digital connectivity must be at the heart of central and local government decision-making to ensure coherence of the digital connectivity policies and to tackle obstacles to deployment. This is central to driving investment in digital infrastructure and innovative digital services, and ensuring the public sector is at the forefront of their adoption.
- Greater Collaboration
To facilitate greater collaboration, early identification and engagement across the ecosystem is essential. Framework agreements should be utilised to create conducive environments to manage commercially sensitive issues and promote trust. Where public sector agencies have a central role, Government must provide active leadership to promote collaboration.
- Supportive Regulation
The UK must have a regulatory environment that encourages innovation and the early adoption of digital products and services, requiring Ofcom’s statutory duties be amended to reflect the need for investment.
- Spectrum Leadership
Government and Regulator need to ensure spectrum is made available, in terms of flexibility and volume, to innovative applications. Agile implementation of spectrum approaches will enable the UK to retain its role as an international spectrum leader.
- International Recognition
Government must ensure that:
· Digital communications companies in the UK are able to both viably participate in strategic European and international technology services development and influence international standards developments.
· Cross-border certifications and licenses granted in the UK must continue to be recognised internationally.
The full report is available to download below
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