techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 USA Consumer Technology Association Launch Innovation Scorecard Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:23:52 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) The UK scores highly in the CTA Innovation Scorecard, consisting of indexes that evaluate innovation-friendly policies both domestically and internationally. <p><strong>The 2018 International Innovation Champions are: The United Kingdom, Finland, Australia, Sweden, the United States, Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and New Zealand.</strong></p> <p>The inaugural International Innovation Scorecard grades 38 countries and the European Union across 12 categories. You will find measures of whether or not governments are welcoming disruptive technologies, including the sharing economy and self-driving vehicles, how friendly their tax systems are, and how well they protect the environment, as well as issues of perennial importance such as broadband speed and cost.</p> <p>Across the countries the CTA evaluated:</p> <p><strong>Diversity</strong><br />The most diverse countries are Australia, Canada, Singapore and Sweden.</p> <p><strong>Freedom</strong><br />The countries with the most individual and political freedom in the world are Canada, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal.</p> <p><strong>Broadband</strong><br />The countries that have, on average, the fastest and most affordable internet connections are the <strong>United Kingdom</strong>, Finland, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands.</p> <p><strong>Human Capital</strong><br />The countries with the most educated workforces are Singapore, Israel, Japan, Canada, <strong>United Kingdom</strong>, Germany, Sweden and New Zealand.</p> <p><strong>Tax Friendliness</strong><br />The countries with the most innovation-friendly tax systems are Singapore, China, Panama, Chile, Ireland and Canada.</p> <p><strong>R&amp;D Investment</strong><br />The countries with the greatest amount of R&amp;D spending as a percentage of GDP are Israel, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, and the United States.</p> <p><strong>Entrepreneurial Activity</strong><br />The countries with the highest level of entrepreneurial activity are Australia, <strong>United Kingdom</strong>, New Zealand, the United States, Singapore, Ireland and Sweden.</p> <p><strong>Drones</strong><br />The countries best-enabling drone technologies to flourish are Australia, Finland, Portugal, Singapore and Sweden.</p> <p><strong>Ridesharing</strong><br />The countries that allow ridesharing to operate most freely are Finland, Panama, Peru, Poland, Rwanda, South Africa and Mexico.</p> <p><strong>Short-Term Rentals</strong><br />The countries with the best federal frameworks for short-term home rentals are Chile, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal and South Africa.</p> <p><strong>Self-Driving Vehicles</strong><br />The countries leading the way in self-driving vehicle policy are Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the <strong>United Kingdom</strong> and the United States.</p> <p><strong>Environment</strong><br />The countries with cleanest water and air are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the <strong>United Kingdom</strong> and the United States.</p> <p>For the full report, access via the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">CTA 2018 Innovation Report</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> CES Blog. Day 4 (January 12th). Leaving Las Vegas. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 01:55:50 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Paul Hide, techUK, wraps up his week at CES 2018 with a summary of this year’s show. <p>It’s been an eventful, exhausting, chaotic and productive week in Las Vegas. Obstacles have been put in our path that we might not have expected. Tuesday saw the wettest ever January day in the city. Crossing the street could be likened to riding the rapids of the Grand Canyon.</p> <p>All that water had to go somewhere, that somewhere being through the ceilings of the Main Halls, the rooms of the Suites in the MGM and the doors of Eureka Park. I’m not sure that Samsung and Sony had imagined a collection of buckets across their multi million dollar stands as part of the original design specification.</p> <p>Greater challenges occurred when the water found its way into the main electricity supply plunging the Main Halls into darkness for over 2 hours on Wednesday, impacting on the likes of LG, Intel, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and hundreds of other exhibitors.</p> <p>But through adversity business has flourished. The techUK Pavilion has been a destination point for thousands of international buyers, distributors, financiers and media partners. All 12 of our supported companies have collectively secured order opportunities of many millions of pounds, far above their expectations, and many excellent global connections which can lead to new business opportunities after the show has ended.</p> <p>I have spoken to many of the other UK companies situated within Eureka Park and the Connected Home halls and they too are incredibly positive about the value they have and will gain from attending this international trade fair. The location may be the USA, but the audience is most certainly global.</p> <p>I’ve been attending this show on and off for the last 20 years. It has evolved massively over time and is no longer the preserve of consumer electronics alone. The motor industry now has a massive presence here, as does the health tech sector.</p> <p>Many of the 4000 exhibitors are focussed on B2B tech solutions spanning hardware, software and services. The media headlines may be led by the major brand players in consumer focussed tech but when you get onto the show floor your eyes are opened to the breadth and spread of companies from across the globe doing B2B, B2C and B2G business.</p> <p>This has been the first year that techUK have partnered with the UK Department of International Trade to run a UK Pavilion at CES giving exposure to some superb examples of the quality of the tech start-up entrepreneurs and their innovative products and services that the UK can offer.</p> <p>It has proved an unequivocal success. UK Government branding resulted in the Pavilion being a destination point for media and business people to seek out UK companies at the show. We’ve been packed out with visitors talking real business opportunities every hour that the show floor was open. Our start-up partners go home exhausted but excited about the orders and opportunities secured over the last four days.</p> <p>We have proven how successful a co-ordinated approach at CES can be. We have also seen that this show provides opportunities for many sectors of the tech industry, home, health, mobile, transportation, energy, data and automation to name just a few.<br />techUK will be working with DiT as soon as we get back to the UK to start the planning process for 2019. We want to build on the success of this year and support more techUK members and start-ups use CES2019 to grow their businesses.</p> <p>Consider the opportunities that attending CES can create for your business. If you want to find out more about how techUK can help you in exhibiting at CES2019 speak to us soon. Those that attended in 2018 most certainly plan to be back next year.</p> <p>CES2019 January 8th to 11th 2019. Put it in your diary. Viva Las Vegas!</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> SmarterUK 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) SmarterUK 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017, the full version is available to download for members. <p>The second half of 2017 saw techUK delve deep into data accompanied by exploring the implications of GDPR. Data brings many opportunities for the infrastructure sector, it opens doors for innovation, but it isn’t a one-way street. techUK worked closely with government, local authorities, and the tech sector to open doors for opportunities and innovation hosting and participating in <a href=";view=itemlist&amp;Itemid=193&amp;date_direction=future&amp;date=7&amp;cat%5B1%5D=286_119_122_123&amp;cat%5Bmain%5D=61_47_64_50_69_67_60_68_59&amp;format=raw">over 30 events in the second half of 2017</a>. This work will be built upon in 2018 and we very much look forward to continuing this work with our members.</p> <h2 style="color: #8a04ab;">Highlights &amp; Achievements</h2> <h3 style="color: #33c1ff;">To champion the economic and societal benefits that smart infrastructure solutions can deliver to UK plc and its citizens.</h3> <p>In conjunction with the techUK IoT Programme and market <a href="">research firm GfK</a>, we published our highly anticipated <a href="insights/reports/item/11743-the-connected-home-a-view-of-the-uk-market-and-future-trends">State of the Connected Home 2017 report</a> in November. The report explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK. We launched the report with a stakeholder roundtable, followed by...</p> IoT 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) IoT 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017, the full version is available to download for members. <p>techUK's IoT Programme has a core vision of stimulating the take up of IoT in the UK. It does this by bringing together the key players in IoT in the UK to; drive core issues that affect trust in IoT; ensure the right policy and regulatory regime is in place and develop markets and business opportunities.</p> <p>The second half of 2017 began with a flurry of policy announcements with GDPR, data, and security dominating discourse. Our IoT Programme has been as busy as ever running <a href=";view=itemlist&amp;Itemid=193&amp;date_direction=future&amp;date=7&amp;cat%5B1%5D=237_173_160&amp;cat%5Bmain%5D=61_47_64_50_69_67_60_68_59&amp;format=raw">over 25 events</a>, publishing our <a href="">Top Actions to Accelerate IoT Implementation</a> and our inaugural <a href="insights/reports/item/11743-the-connected-home-a-view-of-the-uk-market-and-future-trends">State of the Connected Home report</a>. With the IoT becoming more relevant to everyday life, and Government embarking on a new Industrial Strategy that rightly places digital at its core, we have sought to focus not just on market opportunities but also how we overcome the challenges limiting implementation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 style="color: #8a04ab;">Highlights &amp; Achievements</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="color: #04ab36;">State of the Connected Home 2017</h3> <p>In November we published our long awaited <a href="insights/reports/item/11743-the-connected-home-a-view-of-the-uk-market-and-future-trends">State of the Connected Home 2017 report</a> in partnership with market <a href="">research firm, GfK</a>. We launched the report with a stakeholder roundtable, followed by an interactive workshop where we took members on an immersive journey; exploring and demonstrating how to navigate the complicated world of consumer-led innovation for the Connected Home.<br />The report explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to...</p> Putting the User Back into Transport Innovation Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:38:37 +0000 Claire Leslie (techUK) Use Cases for Data provided an opportunity for tech and transport industry actors to explore user-focused opportunities for innovation. <blockquote>Putting the User Back into Transport Innovation – Use Cases for Data provided an opportunity for tech and transport industry actors to explore user-focused opportunities for innovation.</blockquote> <p>In November 2017, techUK hosted a workshop with <a href="">Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK)</a> to bring together the transport and technology industries to explore opportunities to better innovate for the future, with a particular focus on user challenges.</p> <p>Attendees included Catapults, tech suppliers, transport providers and delivery agencies.</p> <p>Challenges and opportunities were examined in themed workshops, including:</p> <ul> <li>Unlocking the value of transport data</li> <li>Skills availability in the UK workforce</li> <li>Opportunities for data in reducing maintenance costs</li> <li>Public transport investment</li> <li>Network management</li> </ul> <p>The workshop fostered open discussion of organisational needs and objectives for incorporation of technology and data capabilities to better prepare British transport for the future.</p> <p>If you would like to know more about the SmarterUK Transport Group, please get in touch with:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> DCMS Launch Small Scale DAB Consultation Document Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:01:15 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) More local commercial and community radio stations will be able to broadcast on digital across the UK under new plans announced by Digital Minister Matt Hancock. <p>DCMS has&nbsp;published the small-scale DAB consultation document, accompanied by a press release headed ‘Government to help commercial and community radio to go digital.’&nbsp;</p> <p>The press release highlights the progress made by digital radio and the opportunity offered by small-scale technology to enable hundreds of local commercial and community stations to broadcast on DAB for the first time.</p> <p>In his quote Digital Minister Matt Hancock comments on how local radio is much-loved and the need to support local radio by making sure the rules are up to date and that the opportunity exists to use new digital technology to reach audiences.</p> <p>Digital Radio UK are quoted&nbsp;as welcoming the small -scale DAB consultation but emphasising that ‘there is much work to be done to fully consider the best use of the limited spectrum available and how small-scale can work most efficiently alongside existing local and national DAB multiplexes.’</p> <p>The consultation will run for 8 weeks starting on 4 January and completing on 5pm 28 February and covers 12 key questions relating to community stations and digital licences, ownership of small scale radio multiplexes, the size of the multiplex area , the duration of the licences, BBC access to small-scale DAB and Ofcom’s duty to consider local commercial impacts on local multiplexes.</p> <p>DCMS have said that their aim is to have new licensing arrangements in place by the end of the year. It is likely that during this period they will take measures to extend the existing trial area small-scale multiplexes whose licences expire in the first half of 2018.</p> <p>A link to the press release:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Press Release</a></p> <p>A link to the consultation documentation:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Consultation Document</a></p> <p>For more information on techUK's work on Digital Radio contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Data Centre Programme Overview Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Claire Leslie (techUK) Collective expertise and a strong authoritative voice has made techUK the go-to organisation on data centres. This is how we represent the sector. <p>Like much of ICT, data centres are poorly understood by policy makers, commentators and the general public. That makes them vulnerable to ill-informed criticism. We have an excellent track record in setting the record straight on ICT in general and data centres in particular.</p> <p>The techUK data centre group has over 400 members and is recognised by key decision makers as the collective voice of the UK data centre sector in matters relating to public policy, reputation, professionalism and energy efficiency. It is our ultimate objective to ensure that the UK continues to offer a business environment in which the sector can flourish. Our members include data centre operators, both colocation and enterprise providers, companies who manufacture the IT and communications hardware that occupy these facilities and others in the data centre supply chain - from cooling solution providers to investors.</p> <h2><strong>Below is an overview of the activity undertaken by the techUK data centre group.</strong></h2> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 98% of Non Authorised Apple Chargers Pose Fire and Shock risks Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:59:46 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Electrical Safety First launch report on test results of non authorised device chargers <p>Electrical Safety First (ESF) have launched a new report detailing the results of some testing we carried out, supported by Apple, on 50 counterfeit iPhone chargers. Almost all (49 out of 50) of the chargers tested had the potential to deliver a lethal electric shock and/or cause a fire.</p> <p>ESF's media campaign highlights the serious risks associated with buying fake/ non-authroised&nbsp;electrical products, particularly chargers.</p> <p>ESF are asking online marketplaces and social media companies to do more to prevent the sale of fake electrical goods and to highlight the problem of sellers advertising counterfeit or lookalike chargers on their websites.</p> <p>The message for consumers is to be vigilant when shopping online and only buy from retailers they know and trust.</p> <p>You can find out more about the story, and download a copy of the full report, by visiting:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Fake Chargers</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Ofcom Launch New Consultation on Electronic Programme Guides Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:33:22 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Ofcom propose amendments to the EPG code, so that people with visual impairments can benefit from extra features to help them navigate channels more easily. <p>Following an initial consultation launched back in October 2016 and feedback from techUK, Digital UK and other industry stakeholders the&nbsp;second iteration of the Ofcom consultation on proposed changes to the code of practice on EPGs has now been released. This consultation impacts the feature sets for TVs, PVRs and STBs as well as the EPG meta data delivered via the Broadcasters.</p> <p>This new consultation has taken into account some&nbsp;of the feedback received from industry in the first consultation and there are some changes to the original proposals.</p> <p>In summary,&nbsp;the main recommendations for change include:<br />1) Previously the proposed changes were focused only on multi-function receivers (PVRs), now they will apply to all devices that display EPG (TVs are now in scope).<br />2) Previously it was proposed that ‘best endeavours’ are required to meet the changes, now it is proposed that ‘reasonable endeavours so far as practical’ are required. This suggests a less onerous 'comply at any cost' approach which would have proved problematic where it is not possible to enable compliance of current models/ chassis without incurring costs and/ or resource that could make the product uneconmically viable to continue to place onto the market.<br />3) Changes will come into force when the final statement is published, so this suggests that manufacturers will be forced to act quickly, possibly in 2018.<br />4) The changes required are&nbsp;:<br />a. Text to Speech rendering.<br />b. Programme highlighting where audio description is provided.<br />c. EPG magnification options.<br />d. Switching between default and high contrast displays.</p> <p>techUK will be reviewing and responsing to this consultation on behalf of members. The techUK CE Strategy and Technology Group will lead on the consultation response drafting.</p> <p>A link to the Ofcom consulation can be accessed below:</p> <p><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=epg-accessibility" target="_blank">Ofcom EPG Consultation documents</a></p> <p>For more information on how to get involved in this consultation contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> National Careers Service Concept Viability Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:09:56 +0000 Simona Paliulyte(techUK) National Careers Service Concept Viability Report Published Today <p>techUK held a series of concept viability market engagement events with the National Careers Service in November. The concept viability programme allows public sector customers to have a two-way dialogue with the market, and provides suppliers of all sizes, including small businesses, with an opportunity to help shape and validate ideas, plans and requirements.</p> <p>The events engaged with potential suppliers, experts and other interested parties in advance of a future procurement. Organisations were invited to attend the event and which was designed to discuss how the ESFA can best deliver the objectives of the new National Careers Service.</p> <p>A final report summarising the findings of the market engagement events, including briefings from the National Careers Service and a summary of key themes and responses can be found below.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Latest techUK Briefing on Data Protection Bill Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:48:06 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) Ahead of Data Protection Bill's Report Stage in the House of Lords, check out techUK's latest briefing <blockquote>techUK has updated its briefing on the Data Protection Bill ahead of Report Stage beginning in the House of Lords on Monday 11 December 2017.&nbsp;</blockquote> <p>With discussions at Committee Stage focusing on fundamental rights to data protection, age appropriate design and data ethics, amongst other topics, we can expect to see further discussion at Report Stage on these areas and others.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK's briefing provides the tech sector's views on the key amendments we expect to be discussed. The briefing can be downloaded below.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to learn more about techUK's work on the Data Protection Bill please contact Jeremy Lilley.&nbsp;</p> What Are the Key Issues for Agreeing a Post Brexit UK-EU Data Sharing Agreement? Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:12:37 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) As techUK and UK Finance launch report commissioned from law firm Dentons, we assess the key issues for the UK and EU agreeing a future data sharing agreement. <blockquote><em>As highlighted in techUK and UK Finance’s report on a future data sharing agreement between the UK and the EU, mutual adequacy agreements represent the best option to ensuring the continued free flow of data post-Brexit.</em></blockquote> <p>It is increasingly clear that data underpins 21st century trade. In a modern digital economy, the ability to trade in goods and services and do business cross-border is closely linked to the movement of data across national boundaries. For goods and services to flow, data has to flow too. But governments also have a responsibility to their citizens to ensure that any personal data that is transferred overseas is subject to high standards of protection. The importance of maintaining the public’s trust in data protection will mean that regulatory approaches to cross-border data will be just as important as tariffs in future international trade.</p> <p>Given the number of different businesses and sectors that now powered by data the importance of maintaining the free flow of personal data must be a priority within the Brexit negotiations. The impacts of losing the legal framework to allow the flow of data could have serious impacts for both the UK and EU27 economy. That is why techUK has joined forces with UK Finance to publish <a href="" target="_blank">“No Interruptions Please: Options for the Future UK-EU Data Sharing Relationship”</a> a detailed paper looking into the options for the future UK-EU data sharing relationship.</p> <p>With the UK becoming a ‘third country’ once it leaves the EU additional legal mechanisms will have to be put in place to enable cross-border data transfers. Post Brexit, a secure and robust legal mechanism to enable the lawful transfer of personal data across borders will be a fundamental enabler of the UK’s ability to trade not just with EU Member States but the rest of the world.</p> <p>However, time is not on our side. These will be complex discussions and the time for securing a deal to ensure that the free flow of data can continue unimpeded the moment the UK leaves the EU is limited. Both the UK government and the EU need to be ready to make swift progress once the second phase of the negotiations, on the future relationship between the UK and the EU begins. This paper seeks to assist these discussions by laying out some of the actions needed.</p> <p>There are three options for facilitating data flows between the UK and EU post-Brexit:</p> <p><strong>1. No deal – Companies in the UK and EU become reliant on burdensome, expensive and unstable legal mechanisms to transfer data, hindering their ability to trade.</strong> As the paper explains, this would be a terrible outcome for organisations of every size and sector, with incredibly burdensome requirements for businesses. Negotiations should seek to avoid such a situation if at all possible.</p> <p><strong>2. Bespoke Data Flows Agreement – A bespoke relationship, based on the principles of mutual adequacy and enhanced cooperation, could be negotiated, as has been suggested by the UK Government.</strong> This is an innovative approach and if achieved would secure the desired outcomes. However, it is not clear whether it is achievable or whether the EU would accept this approach.</p> <p><strong>3. Traditional Mutual Adequacy – The UK and EU could adopt mutual adequacy decisions, as set out in the incoming General Data Protection Regulation, which would ensure data can continue to flow as it does now.</strong> This process, whilst time consuming, is well-understood and utilises an already established process. It seems likely that this is where negotiations will end up. Both parties need to be prepared for this situation when talks begin.</p> <p>Whatever the process, the issues with negotiating mutual adequacy remain the same. There are lessons to be learned from when similar situations have occurred in other international agreements on data. For example, one crucial issue of which negotiators will need to be aware is the difficultly in discussing national security in the context of such discussions. However, experience with the EU-US Privacy Shield demonstrates that these discussions can happen in a constructive manner, and issues can be resolved. Given the limited time available, and depending on the process chosen, a transitional arrangement between the UK and EU is likely to be required in order to prevent any gap in data flow arrangements.</p> <p>Firm action and political good will is required on both sides to achieve the ultimate outcome of mutual adequacy. Among other things, the UK Government must consider concerns surrounding the Investigatory Powers Act, and the European Commission needs to acknowledge that domestic security is ultimately a concern for the EU27 as well. Additionally, both sides must put in place the considerable resources necessary to reach a solution in the timeframe available.</p> <p>As we make clear in this report this will not be a simple issue to resolve as part of the Brexit process. It will take time, flexibility and both sides to recognise the overwhelming mutual interest in an agreement. We therefore urge both the UK and the EU to begin discussions to guarantee data flows as soon as practicably possible.</p> <p>For more information on techUK's work on data flows and data protection please contact Jeremy Lilley. For more information on techUK's Brexit work please contact Giles Derrington.&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Presents White Paper on Distributed Ledger Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:09:29 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) 'Playing Catch-up, Incorporating Distributed Ledgers into the Technology Stack and Repurposing the Wider Ecosystem.' <p><strong>techUK today publishes its thought-leadership paper on Distributed Ledger Technologies: '<em>Playing Catch-up, Incorporating Distributed Ledgers into the Technology Stack and Repurposing the Wider Ecosystem.</em>'</strong></p> <p>Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology have been seen as offering solutions to a myriad of problems. Sorting out the hype from the reality in real market applications is now the task for forward-thinking experts.</p> <p><strong>techUK’s new paper takes an in-depth look into the evolution of DLT and its potential applications. It asks what are the risks for companies in implementing it and what regulatory challenges the technology raises.</strong></p> <p>Rogder Oates, from Tata Consultancy, co-chair of the techUK Working Group on DLT and co-author of the paper comments, "<em>Every new technology is hyped, and DLT has had more than it's fair share, but it has the potential to be as disruptive as the internet, offering a secure transparent platform that will disrupt existing business models and create entirely new ones.</em>"</p> <p>Read the techUK White Paper for a deeper look at these complex issues. Our paper identifies a number of key points which now need to be addressed:</p> <p>• A new approach to technology neutrality, is there a role for the state to begin conversations around infrastructure?<br />• Regulators need to keep a watch for consumer outcomes in crypto-currency and crypto-fundraising markets as well as competition in markets where there is the presence of DLT consortia.<br />• Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Information Commissioner's Office should look to future proof data protection regulations by assessing DLT through the principles of data protection.<br />• Regulators should lead on the development of DLT solutions to interface regulatory reporting systems.<br />• Regulators should engage in mutual learning and collaborate effectively where there is the intersection of regulated activities<br />• Continue experimentation and research into government use of DLT and how to ensure privacy and security.</p> techUK Publishes White Paper on Open Banking Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:40:33 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) techUK today publishes its White Paper, From Open Banking to Open Financial Services - The Long View. <p><strong>The techUK Open Banking White Paper examines the need for the UK to follow-up the impetus of Open Banking with a wider-ranging strategy to encompass the full range of financial services into a collaborative digital ecosystem.</strong></p> <p>Technology is the driving force behind all progression and innovation in financial services businesses. 'FinTech' and financial services are not separate sectors - the two are inter-dependent. The possibilities of tech require and allow changes in business models and regulation - so the policy direction of financial services must be led jointly by technology companies and incumbent banking/FS players.</p> <p>The UK's Open Banking work will set open standards for APIs, thus allowing access to non-bank providers to customer data (with consent) and widening competition in the payments market. With cross-sector backing, and strong governmental support, this can be the first step in truly innovative, joined-up financial services for UK consumers and SMEs.</p> <p>In <em>From Open Banking to Open Financial Services - The Long View</em>, techUK sets out six key recommendations for achieving this aim:</p> <ul> <li><strong>A long-term vision</strong>: The UK Government must come together with regulators and industry to formulate a long-term strategy for creating an innovative, diverse financial services sector based on open data. The current disparate initiatives should be brought together into a coherent strategy.</li> <li><strong>Digital ID:</strong> The key to a long-term connected sector is access for the customer through a single digital ID. This is required to minimise the burden of know-your-customer (KYC) and anti- money laundering rules (AML) on individual companies and to remove barriers to entry for new players.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Open and inclusive governance:</strong> Collaboration relies on trust which is engendered through working together. The long-term governance of Open Banking and future work on open financial services must be governed through principles of transparency and inclusion.</li> <li><strong>Collaboration to enhance competition</strong>: Traditional ideas of competition must be tempered to facilitate competition through collaboration. All industry sectors must work together to create a connected ecosystem in which all players can thrive – and end consumers and small businesses benefit.</li> <li><strong>Common open standards</strong>: All collaboration needs a common language to communicate. The interoperability of IT systems depends on common standards – nationally and internationally. We emphasise&nbsp;the need for the UK to work towards common standards.</li> <li><strong>Customer communication</strong>: Open Banking will only succeed if it is used by the customer. There is an urgent need for these new services to be communicated and explained to the public. Thought should be given to the mechanisms required to provide reassurance for consumers and small businesses.</li> </ul> The Connected Home: A View of the UK Market and Future Trends Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:42:07 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) techUK report identifies trends in that understanding and uptake of connected home technologies and services <p><a href="">techUK</a> has today launched its inaugural annual State of the Connected Home report, looking at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm, <a href="">GfK</a>, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.</p> <p>Key findings within the report include:</p> <ul> <li>Awareness was high but in-depth knowledge was lacking – 77 per cent of respondents were ‘aware’ of the connected home, although only 10 per cent ‘knew a lot’ about it.</li> <li>The most appealing connected home categories were smart entertainment (45 per cent), smart energy (42 per cent) and home monitoring and control (39 per cent).</li> <li>Individual device ownership was high (80 per cent), however, many respondents did not own multiple devices as part of a connected home ecosystem (only 35 per cent owned more than three).</li> </ul> <p>Despite the proliferation of devices and awareness, there are several barriers preventing the seamless development of fully connected homes. These include:</p> <ul> <li>A lack of clarity on the most suitable business models for connected home services and technologies – 80 per cent of respondents expected to pay only once for a connected device with no further recurring costs.</li> <li>Concerns around price (39 per cent), privacy (22 per cent), interoperability (16 per cent) and security (15 per cent) were cited as barriers to choosing a connected home service or device.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Julian David, CEO of techUK, commented on the report:</strong></p> <p>“Connected devices and services empower consumers by giving them more control over their daily lives than they have ever had before. Improved security, better remote health monitoring, greater energy efficiency and more personalised experiences within the home are just some areas where consumers can feel the benefits of a connected life.</p> <p>“There are, however, challenges in ensuring the widespread adoption of connected home devices and services, which we shouldn’t underestimate. This report shows we have some way to go to ensure that consumers embrace this technology as we overcome concerns around cost, privacy, security and interoperability.</p> <p>“Government, industry and consumer bodies must collaborate to address the concerns identified by addressing trust issues, communicating clearly to consumers and promoting the benefits that connected home tech will deliver.”</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>For media, please contact:</strong></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Climate Change Minister Endorses techUK Report On Tech Led Decarbonisation Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0000 Craig Melson(techUK) With COP23 underway, a new techUK report outlines how tech can reduce carbon emissions across the UK economy <p>techUK has today released a new report, <a href="images/programmes/Technology%20-%20Enabling%20CO2%20reductions%20Final%20Digital%20Version.pdf">Technology - Enabling CO2 Reductions</a>, which explores how technology can drive positive change and meet future challenges in reducing CO2 emissions.</p> <p>Launched during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) this week, the paper outlines how the Clean Growth Strategy must work in tandem with the Industrial Strategy, the Digital Strategy and forthcoming 25-year Environment Plan to ensure technology is used to achieve the Government’s ambitious carbon reduction targets.</p> <p>In the paper, techUK covers:</p> <ul> <li>How digital technology can support the delivery of carbon savings in a variety of sectors, including energy, construction and agriculture</li> <li>The future opportunities for tech-led decarbonisation</li> <li>Recommendations on how to accelerate cost-effective deployment of tech solutions.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Commenting on the report, Julian David, CEO of techUK, said:</strong></p> <p>“The UK is a world-leading digital economy but, to continue its success, it must also be a sustainable one. In its recent Clean Growth Strategy, the Government rightly acknowledged the role of digital in supporting a smarter, more sustainable economy, and this report highlights key opportunities for decarbonisation.</p> <p>“Smart energy, connected homes, digital industries, and agritech are all segments where we can use digital tech to reduce carbon emissions and drive economic growth in parallel. The tech industry looks forward to working with Government to achieve both its ambitious carbon reduction targets and improve productivity.”</p> <p><strong>Claire Perry, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, said:</strong></p> <p>“The UK is a world leader in tackling climate change. Since 1990 we have cut our emissions by more than a third while growing the economy by more than two thirds – the best performance in the G7 on a per person basis.</p> <p>“As set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, the transition to a clean economy presents significant economic opportunities across the country. Innovation and technology are essential to growing the low carbon economy and are a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> IoT is Here. Now we Need to Drive Adoption Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:06:30 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) techUK paper outlines actions needed to accelerate IoT adoption. <p><img src="images/IoT_Asks.PNG" alt="IoT Asks" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK has launched its new paper, Top Actions to Accelerate IoT Implementation, making a series of recommendations to both Government and industry to help drive the adoption of an increasingly mature technology to increase business productivity and improve the lives of citizens.</p> <p>The IoT market in the UK has made grown steadily over the past three years but it has not seen the explosion of devices, services and benefits that was predicted. <a href="">Trust issues</a>&nbsp;are still a barrier to adoption and more work is needed to demonstrate the business case for IoT. Large scale test demonstrators can help to remedy this but further action is needed to drive increased adoption throughout the public and private sectors. The report highlights four key areas of action:</p> <ul> <li>Government, in conjunction with industry, should strive to be more active in sponsoring and supporting proof of concepts, test beds, and demonstrators and market development activities.</li> <li>Government should leverage existing investment in innovative infrastructure, to maximise investment productivity and recognise the synergy benefits of funding that supports broader ecosystem and cross sector benefits.</li> <li>Public sector procurement should increasingly adopt challenge-based, outcome focused approaches to innovative technologies.</li> <li>Government, industry and financial markets need to work together to identify measures that will attract long-term investment for IoT infrastructure.</li> </ul> <h3>Julian David, CEO of techUK, commented on the report:</h3> <p>“Driving the adoption of the IoT in the UK is critical to improving productivity, supercharging the economy and creating a smarter state.</p> <p>“The Made Smarter Review published last week outlined that industrial IoT alone could boost the economy by £352bn by 2030[1]. IoT can deliver incredible benefits to the UK; done right, it can help enable better health services, cleaner and safer public spaces, more efficient infrastructure and generate more innovative businesses and business models. Yet these aren’t the only benefits. The IoT is estimated to be a global market worth up to $15 trillion in 2030[2] and boosting support for our domestic suppliers will allow them to take advantage of this incredible export market, driving more growth and investment into the UK.</p> <p>“The IoT market has not developed as quickly as we thought it would, but the benefits it could deliver are still real and very worthwhile. This report can act as a framework to drive greater adoption, bringing direct benefits to the UK and our involvement in the global market.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> REQUEST FOR INPUT | Building a Market for Energy Efficiency Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:17:15 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) REQUEST FOR INPUT | Building a Market for Energy Efficiency - Smart Energy and In-Home Tech Focus. <blockquote>As part of the Clean Growth Strategy, the UK government has opened a call for evidence on building a market for energy efficiency.</blockquote> <p>Comments are invited until 9th January. techUK will be submitting a response, working with colleagues in our Environment and Compliance Programme, and are looking to finalise our response ahead of the Christmas break.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>The paper</h2> <p>The document is <a href="">available here</a>.</p> <p>It invites views about the role of government in overcoming investment barriers and stimulating the market through direct interventions.</p> <p>The paper considers a range of options, barriers to growth and policy solutions - but these are not exhaustive and the call for evidence is really to test whether their assumptions and thoughts are in line with the views of industry.</p> <p>The government also stressed that while the focus is mainly on the owner occupied sector, many of the ideas could have impact across all tenure types and micro/small businesses, particularly those which are home based.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>techUK’s response</h2> <p>We want to highlight the role that digital technologies can play in delivering energy efficiency. Smart meters and smart home technologies, such as smart heating controls, are mentioned in the paper.</p> <p>We are seeking input from members on:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>What technologies can your company offer to support energy efficiency?</li> <li>What sort of savings can be achieved? Have you any case studies?</li> <li>How do you get your product in people’s homes? Do you have a view on when they are most likely to invest?</li> <li>In your view, what are the barriers to investment and market growth?</li> <li>Have you got any international examples of best practice of government intervention that you can share?</li> <li>Are you seeing success in other countries which isn’t being replicated here. Do you know why?</li> </ul> <p>There are a number of detailed questions relating to the proposed areas of government intervention. They include for example:</p> <h3>Fiscal levers, incentives and awareness</h3> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>What fiscal lever do you think will drive the greatest consumer demand? Have you got evidence for a strong alternative?</li> <li>Can you foresee any barriers in implementing any of these interventions?</li> <li>What price signals would best drive uptake of energy efficiency measures?</li> <li>How could Government effectively deliver messages to promote energy efficiency through intermediaries? Who are important?</li> </ul> <h3>Enabling innovative energy efficiency products and services</h3> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Do current regulations prevent innovative energy efficiency products and services coming to market?</li> <li>What changes should be made to the Energy Company Obligation to ensure that it supports the development of innovative energy products and&nbsp;services?</li> </ul> <h3>Data</h3> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Are there other ways that Government could help improve access to data energy efficiency and performance for research purposes?</li> <li>What would be the impact on the market and investment in energy efficiency of the availability of better data on actual performance of homes?</li> </ul> <h3>Supply chain</h3> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Is there anything the Government could do to support local retrofit supply chains?</li> </ul> <p>We would welcome written input to any of these questions by 15 November but will also be holding a workshop to gather member’s views in the morning of Monday 6 November. A diary invite will follow shortly. We will then prepare a submission and circulate a draft for comment before final submission.</p> <p>If you have any questions, please do get in touch.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> UK SPF Report: Flexible Spectrum Access Methods Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:06:40 +0000 Skye MacLeod (techUK) This report for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, by Plum Consulting, considers flexible spectrum access methods for 5G systems and other scenarios. <blockquote><span style="color: #894d9e;"><a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMTU2NC11ay1zcGYtcmVwb3J0LWZsZXhpYmxlLXNwZWN0cnVtLWFjY2Vzcy1tZXRob2Rz" target="_blank"><img src="images/assets/Plum_Consulting_-_Flexible_Spectrum_Access_Mechanisms.JPG" alt="Plum Consulting - Flexible Spectrum Access Mechanisms" width="250" style="float: right;" /></a>This report for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, by Plum Consulting, considers flexible spectrum access methods for 5G systems and other scenarios.</span></blockquote> <p>As the UK moves into a period of intensifying and diverse uses of connectivity - from broadband to smart city, intelligent transport, automotive, distributed manufacturing and medical applications – the availability of efficient access mechanisms for wireless connectivity (radio spectrum) are critical.</p> <p>Flexible access and spectrum sharing were key features of Government’s <a href="" target="_blank">UK Spectrum Strategy</a>, as potential enablers to enhance the value delivered to the UK from the use of radio spectrum. It was also part of Ofcom’s <a href="" target="_blank">spectrum management strategy</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" target="_blank">framework for spectrum sharing</a>. More recently these techniques have been discussed as a feature for access to spectrum for 5G systems.</p> <p>Plum Consulting’s approach to the study was to consider several scenarios. The scenarios are examples of possible spectrum requirements that could arise, which were divided into cellular (with emphasis on the initiatives within 5G), Wi-Fi and then all other areas. Some of the scenarios highlight specific issues such as in building access, which are likely to become more important looking forward. The analysis leads to several recommendations, which are put forward for consideration by the SPF Steering Board and will be <a href="" target="_blank">discussed at the 19 October SPF Plenary meeting</a>.</p> <p>This report builds on previous work in this area including two reports developed for the Spectrum Policy Forum on future use of <a href="insights/reports/item/5212-report-future-use-of-licence-exempt-radio-spectrum" target="_blank">licence exempt spectrum</a>&nbsp;and <a href="insights/reports/item/6068-report-licensed-shared-access" target="_blank">licensed shared access</a>. The work was commissioned through an <a href="" target="_blank">open tender process</a> according to the SPF procurement procedures and was developed through consultation with sector stakeholders.</p> <hr /> <p>Launched at the request of Government, the <a href="" target="_blank">UK Spectrum Policy Forum</a> (<a href="" target="_blank">@UK_SPF</a>) is the industry sounding board to Government and Ofcom on future spectrum management and regulatory policy with a view to maximising the benefits of spectrum for the UK. The Forum is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and already has over 150 member organisations. A <a href="" target="_blank">Steering Board</a> performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> BBC Publishes Complaints Framework following Consultation Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:11:43 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) The BBC Complaints Framework sets out the detail for handling complaints relating to areas of BBC operations. <p>The BBC’s Royal Charter and the Agreement with the Secretary of State require the BBC to set and publish a framework for handling and resolving complaints, having first consulted Ofcom, the public and stakeholders. The published&nbsp;document sets out that framework. It explains what the BBC regards as being a complaint, states the principles which govern the handling of complaints, and lists the procedures which will apply to different kinds of complaint.</p> <p>techUK provided input on behalf of our device manufacturing members during the consultation process. techUK believe that the published frameworks is fit for purpose and provides&nbsp;stakeholders with a process through which to raise issues of commercial impact should the need ever arise. It should be noted that the need to start a formal complaint is very much seen as a last resort and that issues of potential conflict or disagreement should be managed in the first instance by bringing together the BBC and the stakeholders with a commercial interest for discussion on proposed solutions.</p> <p>Ofcom have the ultimate responsibility to regulate and rule on complaints. Ofcom will normally consider a complaint only of the complainent is not satisfied by the BBC's resolution of the complaint.</p> <p>Complaints are split into 5 areas:</p> <p>1. Editorial Complaints</p> <p>2. General Complaints</p> <p>3. Television Licensing Complaints</p> <p>4. Complaints abput party election or party political campaigns and broadcasts</p> <p>5. Regulatory Complaints</p> <p>techUK facilitates regular engagement with a breadth of BBC departments on behalf of members. For more information on techUK's work with the BBC and how to get involved contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>The link to the full BBC Complaints Framework documentation can be accessed below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">BBC Complaints Framework and Procedures</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Check out techUK's Data Protection Bill Briefing Note Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:16:31 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) techUK has produced a briefing ahead of the Second Reading of the Data Protection Bill, highlighting importance of GDPR and Data Flows agreement. <blockquote>Ahead of the Second Reading of the Data Protection Bill in the House of Lords techUK has produced a briefing outlining the key elements of the Bill for the tech sector.</blockquote> <p>techUK wishes to see a narrow Bill with a clearly defined purpose which puts the UK is the best possible position to secure a data flows agreement with the EU. You can download our Briefing on the Data Protection Bill below.</p> <p>Key elements of techUK’s briefing include:</p> <ul> <li>The <strong>Data Protection Bill is welcomed by the tech sector</strong> as a way of ensuring the UK’s data protection laws are fit for the digital age. Ensuring that the public can trust their data is handled safely is important for everyone.</li> <li><strong>All major parties agreed to implement the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at the 2017 General Election.</strong> This <strong>Bill should have the narrow focus</strong> of legislating for GDPR derogations along with necessary legislation for data processing not covered by EU competencies.</li> <li>This Bill is <strong>time sensitive</strong>. It must be <strong>in place before May 2018</strong> in order to ensure that UK meets its obligation to implement GDPR. The<strong> Bill should be seen through the prism of Brexit</strong>, full implementation of GDPR is necessary to ensure that the UK is in the best possible position to secure a <strong>mutual adequacy agreement with the EU to allow the continued free flow of data post-Brexit</strong>.</li> <li>The <strong>Government is right to set the age of consent at 13</strong>. This will allow young people to reap the societal and educational benefits of online activity, as well as helping them to develop the digital skills which are now fundamental for young people to have. A higher age threshold risks excluding people from these tools. The policy goal of protecting young people’s data is accomplished through safeguards within the GDPR designed to prevent harm to young people, such as potential harm from automated decision making.</li> <li>The Data Protection Bill <strong>must allow data to be processed for research purposes</strong>, as currently allowed by the Data Protection Act 1998.</li> <li>The <strong>Information Commissioner’s Office must be well-resourced</strong> so it can effectively undertake the important work it has to do in developing compliance guidance for new data protection rules.</li> <li>A new criminal offence against re-identifying de-identified data <strong>should not prevent important security research</strong>, which would make systems less secure, not more.</li> <li>The Data Protection Bill must operate in conjunction with the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. It is important that the right to protection of personal data under the European Charter of Fundamental Rights is protected in order to give the public the overall right to recourse over personal data protection.</li> </ul> <p>For more information relating to the Data Protection Bill, or techUK's work on Data Protection more widely please contact:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> techUK Responds to Ofcom's Proposed Approach at 3.6-3.8 GHz Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:41:52 +0000 Skye MacLeod (techUK) Ofcom consulted on improving consumer access to mobile services at 3.6 GHz to 3.8 GHz <blockquote>Ofcom's consultation focused on its proposed approach to incumbents and its assessment of costs and benefits at 3.6 GHz to 3.8 GHz.</blockquote> <p>This response was developed through techUK's <a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Council</a>, and the&nbsp;<strong>FULL techUK response is available to download below (techUK member-only access).</strong></p> <p>In responding to the October 2016 consultation, where Ofcom proposed choosing between 2 extreme options,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">techUK argued for a middle ground where mobile operators would be required to coordinate their deployments</a> (which we expected to be overwhelmingly micro cells) in 3.6-3.8 GHz with incumbents, which we would expect to provide limited constraint on 5G deployment for several years from bringing the spectrum into use for mobile. Where mobile operators believe their planned deployment may be constrained by incumbent use, they would be free to contribute towards the cost of the incumbents’ mitigation where necessary to optimise their deployment, with Ofcom providing backstop regulation to ensure that incumbents don’t abuse their position in respect of the mitigation demanded of new mobile operators.</p> <hr /> <p>More information is available on techUK's <a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>.</p> techUK Responds to Ofcom's Call for Input on 5G Spectrum Access at 26 GHz Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000 Skye MacLeod (techUK) techUK supports Ofcom’s prioritisation of 5G related services in the 26 GHz band, with continued access for satellite services <blockquote>techUK responded to Ofcom's Call for Inputs on making spectrum in the 26 GHz band available for 5G wireless networks, which also set out Ofcom's current thinking on which other bands will be prioritised for 5G.</blockquote> <p>techUK supports Ofcom’s prioritisation of the 24.25-27.5 GHz (26 GHz) band in relation to millimetre wave spectrum for 5G, its intent to support international harmonisation in the band for such services, and its timely availability for use in the UK. We note that equipment is already being standardised, chipsets are foreseen in 2018/ 19, with equipment availability anticipated by 2020 to enable services thereafter.</p> <p><a href="insights/reports/item/11046-spf-report-authorising-26ghz-and-or-other-millimetre-wavebands-for-5g-use" target="_blank">techUK is supportive of the work of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) on 5G spectrum and in relation to the 26GHz band endorses the views of the SPF</a>. In particular the desirability of avoiding any unnecessary complexity and including availability of national licences to facilitate investment in networks at scale.</p> <p>In addition to the 26 GHz, compatibility and sharing studies with other systems in the following bands, identified by WRC-15 for future wireless broadband usage (including 5G), will be considered at the European level:</p> <ul> <li>31.8-33.4 GHz</li> <li>37-43.5 GHz</li> <li>45.5-50.2 GHz</li> <li>50.4-52.6 GHz</li> <li>66-76 GHz</li> <li>81-86 GHz</li> </ul> <p>The current usage of these bands and initial prioritisation for study were the subject of a recent ECC PT1 questionnaire.</p> <p>Satellite focussed techUK members while supportive of 5G related services in the 26 GHz band believe however that there should be continued access for satellite services (FSS + EESS). As discussed below, given that 5G coverage in the band is unlikely to be contiguous across the country this should be practicable.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The FULL techUK response is available to download below (techUK member-only access)</strong></p> <hr /> <p>More information is available on techUK's <a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Response to House of Lords AI Inquiry Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:15:26 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) techUK responds to new House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee Inquiry <blockquote>Following the creation of the House of Lords Artifical Intelligence Select Committee, techUK provided a submission to the committee as part of its first inquiry.&nbsp;</blockquote> <p>The Committee's first inquiry was entitled 'What are the implications of artifical intelligence?' and techUK, in association with members, submitted a response. Members can download the response below.&nbsp;</p> <p>Key points of techUK's submission included:</p> <p>- <strong>Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a significant driver of change across the UK economy and society</strong>. Used well AI is a power for good offering important social and economic gains to the UK – AI can boost productivity, economic growth and, if implemented and shaped correctly, personal and societal wellbeing.</p> <p>- <strong>The UK has a position of strength in AI</strong> due to a combination of factors. Including a strong digital ecosystem, a vibrant and competitive AI industry and world leading university and business R&amp;D.</p> <p>- <strong>AI is already enabling digital transformation</strong> across sectors and industries including financial services, healthcare, transport, manufacturing and is a key driver in enabling digital entrepreneurialism. We are however only at the beginning of the development and adoption of AI technologies and more needs to be done to encourage investment and adoption.</p> <p>- <strong>We must build consensus and greater confidence</strong> on what the UK’s AI driven future could look like and how we get there. This is an area where Government, industry and others must work together.</p> <p>- <strong>We must also be vigilant to public concerns</strong> that must be recognised and addressed. These include the impact on jobs, the privacy and security of data, whether AI systems are biased and profound social and ethics questions about the implications of a data driven future.</p> <p>For more information about techUK's work on AI please contact Sue Daley</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Silver Linings: The Implications of Brexit on the UK Data Centre Sector: UPDATE Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:49:31 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) In this update we re-evaluate the balance of risk and opportunity in the light of UK government decisions in the Brexit policy agenda. <blockquote>This document provides an addendum to our 2016 report “Silver Linings: the Implications of Brexit for the UK Data Centre Sector” and should be read in conjunction with it.</blockquote> <p>In that initial report we outlined the opportunities and challenges that Brexit presents to the sector and identified the actions that we thought necessary to protect our sector and the wider digital economy that it supports and enables.</p> <p>In this update we re-evaluate the balance of risk and opportunity in the light of UK government decisions and other developments in the Brexit policy agenda during the intervening months.</p> <p>We revisit the same policy areas we looked at before: data flows, trade, skills, energy costs, inward investment and environmental regulation and take the view that while there have been some minor adjustments, our initial appraisal of the balance of risks and opportunities is largely unchanged.</p> <p>What is clear is that uncertainty regarding the arrangements governing our departure is still of concern across most areas, although we are beginning to see more clarity regarding the Government’s intentions in critical areas like data flows.</p> Climate Change Agreement for Data Centres Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:44:20 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) Report on sector progress against second target. <p>This is our third report on the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) for data centres. It should be read in conjunction with our previous reports: Our first report explained how the CCA works, how many operators and facilities accessed the scheme at the first opportunity, how they coped with the registration process and what we learned. Our second report reviewed the performance of the sector against its first milestone. It explained how and why targets are set and that the sector was successful in meeting the requirements of its first target by a comfortable margin. It also commented on the impact of the scheme on energy stewardship and the effectiveness of the CCA as a policy tool.</p> <p>This third report reviews sector performance against our more ambitious second milestone. While the sector as a whole passed its target the picture was more mixed for individual operators. The reasons for this are discussed. We then look ahead at the future of the CCA scheme and whether the current approach will meet the needs of this rapidly growing sector. We also consider the wider policy agenda relating to the future of carbon taxation and energy efficiency, including the impacts of Brexit and the scope for a new reporting framework to replace the duplication and complexity that business currently has to wrestle with.</p> Ofcom Consult on Recovering Postal Regulation and Consumer Advocacy Costs Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:51:58 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) techUK's Postal Services Group are to review and respond to this consultation. <p>In summary the consultation proposes the following changes:<br />1) Ofcom propose to amend the Statement of Charging Principles so that: turnover derived from services provided under a mandated access agreement, bulk mail services and single piece end-to-end letters services is considered as relevant turnover for the purposes of recovering administrative charges; and the threshold for payment of an administrative charge is reduced from turnover of £10 million to relevant turnover (i.e. turnover from services set out in paragraph of £5 million.<br />2) Ofcom propose to amend the relevant consumer protection condition so that the costs of the Consumer Advocacy Bodies are recovered from the same group of postal operators that pay an administrative charge to Ofcom, except where those costs relate to the provision of a public consumer advice scheme via a caller helpline. Such costs will continue to be collected from those postal operators who are the subject of enquiries which generate these costs, subject to a minimum threshold.</p> <p>Full details of the consultation are available via the link below:<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Ofcom Consultation Documents</a></p> <p>For more information on the techUK Postal Services Group and to get involved contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> From Good to Great: Digital Connectivity for a World Class Economy Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0000 Skye MacLeod (techUK) Transforming the UK’s communications infrastructure to ensure every British business can become a digital business and create an open digital economy for everyone <blockquote><span style="color: #06a86b;">techUK's report <strong>From Good to Great: Digital Connectivity for a World Class Economy</strong>, 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.</span></blockquote> <p><a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMTIwMi1mcm9tLWdvb2QtdG8tZ3JlYXQtZGlnaXRhbC1jb25uZWN0aXZpdHktZm9yLWEtd29ybGQtY2xhc3MtZWNvbm9teQ==" target="_blank" title="techUK Report - From Good to Great Connectivity"><img src="images/assets/Good_to_Great_Connectivity_-_Front_Cover.JPG" alt="Good to Great Connectivity - Front Cover" width="242" height="341" style="margin: 5px; float: right;" /></a></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong><em>World class connectivity is the ability for citizens, consumers and businesses to&nbsp;reliably and securely access a full range of digital services at a cost they can afford,&nbsp;both now and in the foreseeable future.</em></strong></p> <p>In order to achieve this, the below five recommendations need to be addressed to&nbsp;ensure that the UK can make the leap from good to great connectivity:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Sustainable Investment</strong><br />Sustainable investment and innovation in digital connectivity must be at the&nbsp;heart of central and local government&nbsp;decision-making to ensure coherence of&nbsp;the digital connectivity policies and to&nbsp;tackle obstacles to deployment. This is&nbsp;central to driving investment in digital&nbsp;infrastructure and innovative digital&nbsp;services, and ensuring the public sector is&nbsp;at the forefront of their adoption.</li> <li><strong>Greater Collaboration</strong><br />To facilitate greater collaboration, early&nbsp;identification and engagement across&nbsp;the ecosystem is essential. Framework&nbsp;agreements should be utilised to create&nbsp;conducive environments to manage&nbsp;commercially sensitive issues and&nbsp;promote trust. Where public sector&nbsp;agencies have a central role, Government&nbsp;must provide active leadership to promote&nbsp;collaboration.</li> <li><strong>Supportive Regulation</strong><br />The UK must have a regulatory&nbsp;environment that encourages innovation&nbsp;and the early adoption of digital products&nbsp;and services, requiring Ofcom’s statutory&nbsp;duties be amended to reflect the need for&nbsp;investment.</li> <li><strong>Spectrum Leadership</strong><br />Government and Regulator need to ensure&nbsp;spectrum is made available, in terms&nbsp;of flexibility and volume, to innovative&nbsp;applications. Agile implementation of&nbsp;spectrum approaches will enable the&nbsp;UK to retain its role as an international&nbsp;spectrum leader.</li> <li><strong>International Recognition</strong><br />Government must ensure that:<br />· &nbsp;Digital communications companies in the&nbsp;UK are able to both viably participate&nbsp;in strategic European and international&nbsp;technology services development&nbsp;and influence international standards&nbsp;developments.<br />· &nbsp;Cross-border certifications and licenses&nbsp;granted in the UK must continue to be&nbsp;recognised internationally.</li> </ol> <h2 style="text-align: center;">The full report is available to download below</h2> <p>&nbsp;<a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMTIwMi1mcm9tLWdvb2QtdG8tZ3JlYXQtZGlnaXRhbC1jb25uZWN0aXZpdHktZm9yLWEtd29ybGQtY2xhc3MtZWNvbm9teQ==" target="_blank"><img src="images/assets/How_to_ensure_the_UK_can_make_the_jump_to_great_digital_connectivity.jpg" alt="How to ensure the UK can make the jump to great digital connectivity" width="454" height="645" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>More information is available on techUK's <a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> PSF Consults on 'Blueprint for the Future of UK Payments' Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:32:20 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Consultation open on Payments Strategy Forum Blueprint for UK Payments <p>The Payment Strategy Forum has released its <strong><a href="">Blueprint for the Future of UK Payments</a></strong>, which builds on its <a href="">November 2016 Strategy</a>.&nbsp;The document is open for consultation to 22 September 2017.</p> <p><strong>techUK intends to submit a response and welcomes all your thoughts/comments. Please send to <a href=""></a></strong><strong>.</strong></p> <p>The consultation sets out detailed propsals on:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: square;"> <li>Design and implementation of the New Payments Architecture, which takes a&nbsp;layered approach, with a ‘thin’ collaborative infrastructure to enable competition and innovation. It involves: <ul> <li>a single set of standards and rules with strong central governance</li> <li>adoption of ISO 20022</li> <li>security and resilience, with financial stability a key principle</li> <li>the use of ‘push payments’ to enable simplicity and increase customer control.</li> <li>flexibility built into the design&nbsp;</li> </ul> </li> <li>The New Payment System Operator (NPSO) which brings together Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (BPSL), Cheque and Credit Clearing Company Limited (C&amp;CCCL) and Faster Payments Scheme Limited (FPSL).</li> <li>minimum set of requirements and rules for the new End-User Needs (EUN) solutionss: ‘Request to Pay’, ‘Assurance Data’ and ‘Enhanced Data’.</li> <li>Cost Benefit Analysis and the commercial approach and economic models.</li> </ul> <p>The Forum is hosting a Consultation Briefing Session on 5 September 2017 - <a href="">click here</a> for further details.</p> Download techUK’s Response to the FCA’s DLT Discussion Paper Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:36:19 +0000 James Lee (techUK) The FCA continues its ‘wait-and-see’ approach before considering changes to its framework <p>In April 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) <a href="">initiated a market dialogue</a> focused on the risks and opportunities associated with the transformational potential of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in financial services and its compatibility with existing regulatory frameworks.</p> <p>The FCA continues its ‘wait-and-see’ approach before considering changes to its framework. It will instead explore emerging business models and continue to help innovators test-bed solutions in its regulatory sandbox.</p> <p>With a voluntary standards process underway via ISO and increasing regulatory accommodation, end-users will be more accepting of the increasing trust that DLT affords, allowing benefits around efficiency, transparency and provenance to be fully realised. This much is very encouraging for UK DLT and cements the UK’s position as a global fintech hub with a forward-looking regulatory regime. techUK welcomed the opportunity therefore to respond to the FCA’s discussion paper.</p> <p>techUK convened a roundtable with members and FCA officials in the run up to submission. The response makes points around:</p> <ul> <li>Until guidance emerges, regulation on a case-by-case basis, facilitated when appropriate by the industry sandbox, is the right approach in order to remove barriers to innovation</li> <li>The meaning of technology neutrality to maintain competition &amp; innovation whilst also ensuring the resilience of systems in future</li> <li>The need for regulatory cooperation spurred by the emerging intersect between consumer facing products within the remit of the FCA and other regulated activities</li> <li>Experimentation on the creation of a regulatory node for live DLT reporting</li> <li>Discussion on consumer protection in response to frothy crypto-currency markets and the emergence of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)</li> </ul> <p>Members can download techUK’s response below in addition to the FCA’s discussion paper. The deadline for submissions is 17 July. techUK’s DLT Group will explore issues around the resilience of DLT systems and the need for regulatory cooperation in Q3 and Q4.</p> SPF Report: Authorising 26GHz and/or Other Millimetre-Wave Bands for 5G Use Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:00:00 +0000 Skye MacLeod (techUK) This report represents the SPF’s views on authorising the 26GHz band for 5G use in the UK, based on discussions that have taken place within the SPF in June 2017. <p><img src="images/assets/Image._SPF_Authorising_26GHz_and.or_other_millimetre-wave_bands_for_5G_use.JPG" alt="Image. SPF Authorising 26GHz and.or other millimetre-wave bands for 5G use" width="250" height="353" style="float: right;" /></p> <h2><span style="color: #06afef;">This report represents the SPF’s views on authorising the 26GHz band for 5G use in the UK, based on discussions that have taken place within the SPF in June 2017.</span></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The UK wireless industry participating in the Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) – including fixed and mobile operators, equipment vendors, satellite companies, broadcasters and others – has been discussing this topic since the 26GHz band has been identified as a ‘pioneer’ band for 5G millimetre-wave (mm-wave) use in Europe. The discussions have captured key points in relation to the amount of spectrum that might be needed, possible approaches to licensing (e.g. dedicated blocks or shared use) and the timing needed for 5G authorisation to meet market demand. Certain aspects of these discussions may also be applicable to other mm-wave bands that might be used for 5G in the UK.</p> <p>This summary paper, prepared by Analysys Mason on behalf of the SPF, summarises the key findings and conclusions from the SPF’s discussions. These key points are identified in the figure below:</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Image._Summary_of_industry_views_on_authorising_5G.png" alt="Image. Summary of industry views on authorising 5G" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p><strong>David Meyer,</strong> <strong>Chairman of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum</strong> stated: “<em>This SPF report tackles the important issue of how spectrum for the mmWave 5G component should be licensed. By consolidating industry views on authorising 5G and balancing the need to protect existing uses of the 26GHz band, the SPF helps to make sure that the UK and Europe can be at the forefront of 5G technology roll-out."</em></p> <p><strong>Janette Stewart, Principle, Analysys Mason and SPF Cluster 1 Chair</strong> stated: “<em>The 5G millimetre wave component is an important aspect of the overall 5G implementation. The SPF’s debate on spectrum authorisation for 26GHz in the UK has been very useful to identify common views and areas for further consideration. We hope this report provides a constructive input to the UK policy debate on this topic</em>.”</p> <h3 style="text-align: center;">The report is available to download below</h3> <p>This report is part of the UK SPF's 5G series of reports on the industry’s views on the spectrum implications of 5G – which includes the <a href="insights/reports/item/9587-uk-spf-report-recommended-actions-for-a-successful-deployment-of-5g-in-the-uk" target="_blank">SPF’s views on the implications of 5G on spectrum policy in the UK</a>, also based on SPF discussions.</p> <hr /> <p>Launched at the request of Government, the <a href="" target="_blank">UK Spectrum Policy Forum</a>&nbsp;(<a href="" target="_blank">@UK_SPF</a>) is the industry sounding board to Government and Ofcom on future spectrum management and regulatory policy with a view to maximising the benefits of spectrum for the UK. The Forum is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and already has over 150 member organisations. A <a href="" target="_blank">Steering Board</a> performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Data Transfers Needed for post-Brexit Global Britain Tue, 04 Jul 2017 08:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) New case studies show that securing a secure and robust legal mechanism for cross-border data transfers must be a priority in EU Exit negotiations <blockquote>As the Government commences EU exit negotiations techUK, in association with Bird &amp; Bird, have developed case studies which demonstrate the importance of a secure and robust legal mechanism for transferring data between the UK and European Union (EU).</blockquote> <p>In a modern services-orientated economy, businesses of every size and sector rely on the ability to transfer personal data across borders.&nbsp;Once the UK leaves the EU, businesses must be able to continue to transfer data between the UK and EU based on a secure and robust legal mechanism. This mechanism must be in place from the day the UK ceases to be a member of the EU to ensure a seamless transition for businesses and avoid a regulatory cliff-edge. This must be a top priority for Government as negotiations begin.</p> <p>The UK is a global leader in data flows, <a href="insights/news/item/10086-the-uk-digital-sectors-after-brexit" target="_blank">accounting for 11.5 per cent of global cross-border transfers, 75 per cent of which are with the EU</a>. That is why techUK <a href="insights/news/item/10089-techuk-priorities-for-european-exit-negotiations" target="_blank">has stated</a> that the UK must continue to have a secure and robust legal basis on which to transfer data from day one of the UK’s new relationship with the EU. Achieving an adequacy finding is the preferred option to ensure data can continue to flow between the UK and the EU without excessive burdens on UK businesses.</p> <p>The industries of tomorrow will be tech-enabled and tech-driven, and a modern and open digital economy, with a global presence, will rely on the ability to seamlessly transfer data across borders. This will also be crucial to achieve the ambitions of the Government’s Industrial and Digital Strategies, aiming to create a Global Britain post-Brexit. The high-level commitment in the Government’s Digital Strategy to ensuring that data flows remain uninterrupted is encouraging. The best way to achieve this is through an adequacy finding.</p> <p>As these case studies showcase, the ability to transfer data is not only a tech sector issue. It will impact all parts of the UK economy. The failure to achieve a secure legal basis to transfer data, ideally based on adequacy, will have the most profound effect on SMEs. It will affect small and scaling businesses hoping to access the European market. Organisations that employ EU citizens will be implicated. Companies that utilise online services delivered from Europe will all be caught.</p> <p>While there are other mechanisms to transfer personal data under current and incoming EU data protection law, such as Binding Corporate Rules and Standard Contractual Clauses, the only option which is legally secure and imposes no extra costs or administrative burdens on businesses is adequacy.</p> <p>These case studies explain the consequences of the UK losing the ability to seamlessly conduct UK-EU data transfers in two very different business scenarios.</p> <p>While these case studies are only two hypothetical situations in which the UK not having an adequacy finding would affect businesses, this would affect a range of organisations of all size and sector, both in the UK and the EU. For example, any organisation looking to bring European personal data into the UK would be affected. This is vital for data transfers from the UK into the EU, and is, therefore, not an issue only for the UK but also for the EU27.</p> <p>Below is a brief explanation of the two detailed case studies which can be downloaded below:</p> <ul> <li>Spot.hole 2.0 – A London-based company have developed an app that helps motorists and local authorities track road conditions by aggregating real time data feeds from the speed and location of drivers. With customers in the UK and Europe, Spot.hole will be affected by the UK not having an adequacy finding post-Brexit. As it is UK-based, with no establishment inside the EU, Spot.hole cannot implement Binding Corporate Rules or Standard Contractual Clauses. It therefore has to rely on obtaining consent to transfer data out of the EU to its UK based data centre. If that consent is deemed invalid, the company would lose the ability to transfer data.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>OfficePlan – A Liverpool-based human resource management and financial management software vendor provides companies with an unparalleled view of their workforce across all branches around the world. Without an adequacy decision OfficePlan decided to implement European Commission-approved Standard Contractual Clauses in what seemed like a simple solution to transfer data from the EU to the UK. However these SCCs are currently under legal challenge and customers had concerns about using OfficePlan’s services in fear that SCCs would be struck down and were unwilling to risk OfficePlan’s services. The only realistic option available to the company was to build data centres in Europe which was hugely expensive and meant moving jobs out of the UK. Whilst making these decisions competitors made moves on customers and the company was forced to down-scale.</li> </ul> <p>Clearly, the lack of an adequacy finding in both of these cases would be detrimental to UK business. In order to support a post-Brexit Global Britain based on modern Industrial and Digital strategies, the Government must ensure that all businesses can continue to seamlessly transfer data to and from the EU. Achieving an adequacy finding that enables this to happen must be a priority as the Government begins negotiations.</p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>For press enquries please contact Alice Jackson</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Ofcom to Consult on 700Mhz Coexistence Fri, 19 May 2017 15:55:13 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Ofcom have this week released details of a consultation into coexistence of new services in the 700 MHz band with digital terrestrial television <p>Ofcom have now published their consultation on 700Mhz co-existence as part of the ongoing work related to the clearance of the 700Mhz spectrum currently used for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting. The consultation closes on the 18th July. A link to the consultation documentation is below:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>A copy of the consultation questions are listed below.</p> <p>Question 1: Do you agree with our conclusions that a) the risk of interference from mobile handsets to DTT will be minimal and b) the risk of interference from mobile base stations in 700 MHz to DTT will be broadly similar to the risk for 800 MHz, with some tens of thousands of households potentially affected?<br />Question 2: Do you have any comments on our analysis of coexistence risks related to set-top aerials, direct signal ingress to receivers, impact of DTT on mobile services and interference to cable TV?<br />Question 3: Do you agree with our conclusions that DTT receiver filters will be the most effective mitigation technique for the 700 MHz band and that group K aerials will also help to mitigate against 700 MHz coexistence issues?</p> <p>techUK will be discussing our response on behalf of members. If you are a techUK member and wish to input into techUK's response please contact Paul Hide by the 26th May to express your interest in participating.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Achievements 2016 Thu, 18 May 2017 11:35:01 +0000 Claire Leslie (techUK) At techUK we lead the debates about technology and its potential impact on the future. <blockquote>As we work through a challenging environment in 2017, techUK continues to focus on what matters to the tech industry, industry stakeholders and our members.</blockquote> <p>At techUK we lead the debates about technology and its potential impact on the future. We work to ensure that discussions are properly informed, so that the right decisions can be made regarding the development and use of technology for the good of the UK, for the good of people and for the good of our industry.</p> <p>In 2016, techUK made a significant impact across a number of crucial areas. Key to this was our ability to quickly establish good relationships with new ministers and senior policy makers in the post EU-referendum world. This progress will continue in 2017 in the run-up-to, and post General Election.</p> <p>Our many successes in 2016 are being mirrored in 2017, resulting in techUK being the clear ‘go-to’ organisation for the tech industry in the UK.</p> <p>This document highlights a selection of the progress techUK and its members enjoyed in 2016.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Sector insights on Good to Great Connectivity for the UK Fri, 12 May 2017 10:48:32 +0000 Skye MacLeod (techUK) Insights and visions highlighting how digital connectivity has the potential to dramatically change how we live and work, and enable a truly Global Britain. <p>The digital sector is the fastest-growing part of the UK economy, and as the UK looks towards a post-Brexit environment, world-class digital connectivity will be critical to enabling a truly Global Britain. Innovation lies at the heart of positive future developments for our economy and society, and the right digital infrastructure and environment is central to enabling new technology and market opportunities.</p> <p>Central to realising this ambition of UK economic growth is incentivising investment and innovation in up-to-date communications infrastructure.&nbsp;Packaged together in this document are a selection of sector insights and visions – from augmented reality and connected cars, to predictive modelling and gigabit cities. The UK’s best and brightest are leading work that has the potential to dramatically change how we live and work:</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>[Available to download below]</strong></p> <p style="display: inline !important;"><em>Transport Corridors</em>: The blogs included in this section cover the important roles satellite communications and C-V2X car-to-car communications based sensors can play in the connectivity and autonomy of intelligent cars.</p> </div> <div> <p><em>Urban &amp; Rural Connectivity</em>: From discussing the importance of regional urban connectivity and enabling innovative approaches to deliver of rural connectivity, to IOT solutions in rural and urban environments, the blogs included in this section cover the many diverse perspectives within this area.</p> <p><em>Communications Resiliency</em>: With views from across the sector, the blogs in this section discuss the importance of resilient connectivity. With examples of dedicated dark fibre or ubiquitous wireless coverage, it is reinforced that a resilient communications infrastructure that can keep pace with mass cloud adoption and enable 5G, IOT, and autonomous systems is essential to make the UK world class in terms of digital connectivity.</p> <p><em>Regulatory Environment</em>: The blogs in this section discuss the opportunity and uncertainty of Brexit to achieving world-class UK connectivity, highlight the enablers for 5G and a Gigabit Britain, and reinforce the need to collaboratively embrace the role that innovative technologies play in shaping the UK’s future prosperity.</p> <p><em>Emergence of New Applications of Communications &amp; Connectivity</em>: From augmented reality to convergence of TV, and AI and drones, to predictive modelling and analytics, the blogs in this section highlight the exciting new applications and the potential that can be achieved through the UK having world class connectivity.</p> <hr /> <p>techUK showcased the great work and thought leadership of this sector – from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs, Local Government Authorities, and tech futurists – through a recent <a href="" target="_blank">Good to Great Connectivity for the UK’s #ConnectedFuture campaign week</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>As the UK’s trade association for the digital technologies industries, techUK’s <a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>&nbsp;is already undertaking a number of initiatives to help drive investment and innovation and realise a tech-powered Global Britain.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> </div> New Mayors Encouraged to Adopt a Digital First Mind-set Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:15:00 +0000 Claire Leslie (techUK) techUK publishes first 100 days Guide to help Mayors deliver digital devolution that benefits citizens, businesses and the wider city region <p><img src="images/internet_village_-_less_border.jpg" alt="internet village - less border" /></p> <blockquote>techUK publishes 'Digital Devolution: A Guide for Mayors', which sets out a series of questions for the new Mayor to ask their team in their first 100 days to help them engender change, build capacity across the eco-system of the place.</blockquote> <p>City regions are faced with a range of challenges, from demographic change, traffic congestion and housing, to improving employment opportunities and local economic wealth. Set against a backdrop of rising citizen expectations and budget cuts, this poses a significant public policy challenge for Mayors. These challenges can no longer be faced alone, and digital devolution presents the opportunity to do things differently.</p> <p>Elected Mayors can put digital at the heart of their plans and put in place the leadership required to deliver real change and better outcomes. Digital is instinctively designed to assist collaboration and, by putting digital at the forefront of city region plans, Mayors can re-shape and integrate services, creating better places to live and drive regional growth.</p> <p>Key recommendations to the new Mayors include:</p> <p><strong>Putting in place the right digital leadership</strong></p> <ul> <li>A Chief Digital and Innovation Champion (CDIC) to be appointed, reporting directly to the Mayor and senior officer of the Combined Authority.</li> <li>An Innovation Unit is set-up to work with the CDIC across the city region to foster new partnerships and offer practical support to test new ideas and embed digital across the place.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Becoming a Data Enriched City Region</strong></p> <ul> <li>A clear commitment from the Mayor to open up data and make decisions based on city wide data.</li> <li>An audit of local data assets and city wide data with the aim of creating a city region datastore.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Innovative and Inclusive</strong></p> <ul> <li>A citizen centric approach should be adopted to ensure policies put users at the heart. The Mayor and their team should work closely with the community to tackle digital exclusion.</li> </ul> <p><strong>A Destination for Talent</strong></p> <ul> <li>A Digital Skills Task Force to be convened within the first 100 days to agree a skills pipeline and put in place the necessary provisions to meet the needs and demand of the community and employers.</li> </ul> <p>All the recommendations and questions to the Mayor can be found in the Guide, attached below.</p> <p><strong>Georgina Maratheftis, Programme Manager for Local Government at techUK</strong> said:</p> <p>“Digital devolution presents one of the biggest opportunities to do things differently, break down the traditional barriers to service delivery to drive improved outcomes for all. The Mayors, with their direct and convening powers, must use their new and unique position to accelerate the pace of transformation, working closely with public sector, the community and industry to deliver better outcomes for all citizens by creating truly joined-up services and places where citizens want to live and thrive. We are looking forward to working with the Mayors to redefine what a 21st century city region can be.”</p> <p><strong>Aimee Betts-Charalambous, Programme Manager for IoT &amp; SmarterUK</strong> at techUK said:</p> <p>“With a trend towards urbanisation cities of the future are going to have to work in a very different way to how they work today. Leaders will need to rethink not just essential services but also determine a strategy for economic growth and improved quality of life. All within the context of budget cuts, resource scarcity and rising expectations."</p> <p>"This is one of the most consequential periods for city governance and will define the success of our regions in the future. In adopting a digital mind set the new mayors will have an opportunity to enhance local productivity unlocking their share of £208bn in gains over the next decade.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With thanks to the following for their contribution to the development of the Guide:&nbsp;Sarah Windrum, Emerald Group &amp; Coventry &amp; Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership; Sam Mazloum, Mastercard; Joe Dignan, Future Cities; Stuart Higgins, CISCO; Dr Catherine Howe, Capita; Darren Symons-Jones, BT; Alison Mckenzie-Folan, Wigan Council; Lisa Commane, Coventry Council; Cllr Theo Blackwell, Camden Council; Phil Jackman, Durham Council; and Ricky Morton, Royal Borough of Kingston.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>For media enquiries, please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; line-height: 105%;"><strong><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 105%; font-family: 'Century Gothic',sans-serif; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;"></span></strong></p> Women In Defence Technology: Seizing Opportunities Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:36:40 +0000 Sam Hazelgrove(techUK) On 11 April techUK and the Women in Defence Network co-hosted an event to discuss the issues currently affecting women working in UK defence technology. <p>On 11 April techUK and the Women in Defence Network co-hosted a panel discussion on the issues around women working in the UK’s defence technology sector. The panel debate was attended by over 70 people from across the techUK and Women in Defence memberships and featured a stellar panel line up. The panellists were:</p> <ul> <li>Angela Owen, PA Consulting, Founder of the Women in Defence Network and Chair of the event</li> <li>Air Marshal Julian Young, Chief of Defence Materiel - Air, DE&amp;S</li> <li>Brigadier Sara Sharkey, Head of Applications Services and DevOps, ISS</li> <li>Sarah Minett, Managing Director, Rockwell Collins UK</li> <li>Amelia Gould, Head of Engineering - Combat Systems, BAE Systems Naval Ships</li> </ul> <p>Over the 90 minute discussion the panel covered a multitude of issues, a number of which are noted below.</p> <p><strong>Where do women currently thrive and what can be learned from this?</strong></p> <p>Finance and commercial roles are the two areas where recruitment efforts within the defence industry have experienced the most success and MOD is very successful at getting women into the project management in DE&amp;S.</p> <p>Within industry women tend to be best represented in many of the shared services (HR, finance, commercial etc.). This is not replicated in the engineering side of industry, which is demographically heavily male-orientated and much older than other areas.</p> <p>The panel noted that there are two pockets of the defence digital industry that have slightly better gender diversity, those being synthetic environments and software design. These roles employ skills that are not defence-specific and works with these skills can move sideways from a different sector quite easily. Transferable skills are a possible indicator as to why these areas have had comparatively better female uptake.</p> <p>Getting people into IT and digital jobs through career changers schemes has proven successful at getting women into technology. Capability and knowledge transfer are also increasing in frequency within industry as companies become more willing to move people into different roles, often those of software engineering and digital responsibilities.</p> <p><strong>The Language of Defence</strong></p> <p>A recent study found that the use of masculine themed words in job advertisements have an effect upon women that discouraged them from applying for those roles. The study found that words such as “active”, ”challenging”, and ”ambitious”, all masculine themed words discouraged women from applying for the role. Whereas use of words such as “trusted”, “committed”, and “collaborative”, all female descriptors, showed more engagement with the job advertisement. A lack of gender balance in the language that is used in job advertisements and promotion criteria, to name just two, could be having a much greater effect than we think.</p> <p>This also affects the imagery that is used, with images of large kit and platforms appealing much more to men, just as images of groups of people appeal much more to women.</p> <p><strong>STEM Education</strong></p> <p>Lots of work with local community in schools and colleges to understand what puts off girls from getting into STEM subjects and possibly working in the engineering and technology side of UK Defence. Local and national companies and organisations work to increase enthusiasm about taking up STEM subjects and go on to careers in the technology and Defence industries. The opportunity to work with cutting edge technologies that are used for lifesaving purposes can be a large draw for people thinking about a career.</p> <p>Senior leaders within MOD are working hard to increase the gender diversity within the military and to better understand how Defence can actively appeal to a traditionally hard-to-reach group within society. The panel agreed that schools must be the focus now, engaging right at the start of the pipeline to set the right tone that Defence is a real option for young women.</p> <p>Defence has the opportunity to get more involved with a number of national campaigns and initiatives that work to increase STEM participation in early years. The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET’s) initiative 9% is not enough and WISE People Like Me Campaign are examples of industry neutral activities that Defence could support more openly, thus reaching a new audience through established networks.</p> <p>It was discussed and agreed that a prime indicator of success in this area will be the rise in general interest in STEM subject within the young population (particularly physics and maths). This does not specifically have to translate across directly to interest in defence technology, however it is clear that the fundamental interest in STEM subjects is vital for creating a more specialist pipeline that feeds defence technology workers. This would signify a cultural shift within society and the education system that better promotes the benefits of STEM careers. Recording a change like this would require knowledge of the current situation, in as much detail as feasible, in order to create a baseline to work from. This is a task that techUK might be well positioned to take on.</p> <p><strong>The Image of Defence</strong></p> <p>15 years of conflict has changed the perspective that people have of the military and the defence industry. When going into schools it may be more productive to talk about the other work that the military does every day around the globe; anti-piracy, anti- smuggling, humanitarian and disaster relief, and training for example. Young women may also be energised to hear more about the technologies (digital and otherwise) that are in use by the military, and what will be needed in the future as a way of encouraging them to engage more with Defence.</p> <p><strong>Role Models and Mentors</strong></p> <p>The panel agreed on the importance of having more male mentors for female mentees. Male mentors can speak from experience of how to succeed in a male-dominated environment, even as it attempts to transition towards more gender diversity.</p> <p>The benefits of being a mentor are actually quite extensive and they are arguably just as beneficial for the mentor as they are for the mentee. The UK Defence technology industry has the opportunity to make mentoring a much more formalised and expected practice than it currently is.</p> <p>Mentoring and role models in the workplace are dealt with in a variety of different ways, both formal and informal. Informal relationships can result in the sharing of tips, guidance and instilling confidence through information and experience sharing with peers and colleagues. These relationships can also be a fantastic tool for learning more about the organisation you work in and how much they are willing to invest in their workforce as well.</p> <p>Role models should also be used to showcase the broad range of careers that are available within the Defence industry, and the diversity of people that already fill them. The ability to show examples of people with similar backgrounds that women can directly relate with is potentially a big asset to recruitment effort.</p> <p>Reverse mentoring was discussed by the panel and the audience as a good option for placing employees and colleagues in a less traditional relationship with a different dynamic. These work best when they are focussed on a particular theme to help guide the conversations, rather than asking for general feedback and thoughts of those who work for the most senior participant.</p> <p><strong>Senior Representation within MOD</strong></p> <p>The culture of promotions ‘in my image’ has, and continues to affect the gender balance when looking at progression to senior ranks. There remains the unconscious bias evident in promoting people who looks, sounds, thinks and acts like you, and therefore may be easier to know that they will do a good job. This situation is hugely impacted and influenced by the lack of female role models in senior ranks, a situation which has the potential to change incrementally over the coming years. This is also prevalent within industry, as some companies will tend to have a similar culture of ‘in my image’ hiring and promotions that result in similar characteristics across their workforce.</p> <p>The Army and industry members, notably BAE Systems, are actively addressing the issue of gender balance throughout all levels as well as how it can apply inclusive leadership principles within the command.</p> <p>The current drive across the whole of the MOD for innovation is a campaign that these issues could potentially play into quite well. The task of ‘doing more with less’ inevitably leads any organisation to better utilise what human resource is already available to them, and also demands that they become better at attracting talent from other areas. This is a prime opportunity to make the case that the skill sets held by women and the benefits that greater gender diversity could bring are worth investing in through an ‘innovation’ approach.</p> <p><strong>Expectations of modern work</strong></p> <p>Some workplaces still rigidly require full-time workers who can commit to the role in a way that someone who is returning to work after having a child may not be able to do. This approach from businesses directly negatively impacts qualified and experienced women from re-entering a profession that is in desperate need of them. Head-hunters and agencies also tend to promulgate this culture and will not accommodate people who have had extended career breaks.</p> <p>There are a number of guides from unions and not-for-profit organisations online that advise on how companies can be more open to flexible working and encourage a workplace that better supports women returning to work. The panel noted that there also remains a culture that not enough people actively question the requirements of a role and thus miss out on the chance to apply for a job that might actually be more flexible than it first appears.</p> <p>With specific attention to many digital roles such as software and application development these are largely tasks that can be done online at any time of day and largely from any location. Roles such as these that can benefit from using remote working technologies theoretically lend themselves to flexible working patterns very well. When considering the demands of ‘millennials’, both male and female, the case for flexible working to be taken up by more of industry becomes even stronger.</p> <p><strong>If the panellists could change one thing to improve opportunities for women, what would it be?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Better information about the journeys that are available for women to follow or to learn from. Technical and digital roles don’t all require you to work your way from the bottom and more information on the variety of career routes is important.</li> <li>The challenge of making returning to work needs to be addressed within the MOD – it would seem this is becoming easier for industry to deal with, and MOD should look at learning from these changes.</li> <li>Increasing the aptitude for science and STEM within primary school teachers would greatly affect the future pipeline of young women who may become energised to work in STEM careers.</li> <li>Encouraging women in senior leadership positions to set an example and working in a way that is flexible enough for other women to do the same. This includes instigating flexible working practices that are more accessible for returners and those with families.</li> <li>Increasing awareness of all these issues within the male population in the MOD and defence industry. Creating male advocates in senior positions who have the power to influence those working their teams and companies.</li> </ul> <p>techUK is keen to expand our work in this area and would encourage our members to get in contact with <a href=""></a>&nbsp;if you would like to discuss co-hosting an event addressing these issues in another event.</p> ISS Engagement Day Overview Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:27:18 +0000 Seema Patel(techUK) On Tuesday 11 April techUK hosted one of the series of ISS Industry Engagement Days. <p>On 11 April techUK hosted one of the series of ISS Industry Engagement Days. Over 100 industry representatives were briefed by a number of ISS representatives about the direction of travel and progress of DaaP, DCPP, and details about the design and architecture of core systems that ISS own and work with. This event was open to all of industry and you can download the slides and other information below. &nbsp;However, if you are not a techUK member you can request to receive the slide deck by emailing <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Maj Gen Ivan Hooper made his first address to industry as the interim CEO of ISS. He restated ISS’ intention to push forward the Defence as a Platform (DaaP) vision and establish its principles throughout MOD. He said the MOD is turning into an organisation that sees ICT and digital technologies as more of a source of competitive advantage than the overhead it has been viewed as in the past.</p> <p>Gen Ivan noted that the hiring of the new MOD Chief Information Officer (CIO) will begin shortly, and will be an open competition. After this process has been completed MOD will then begin the process of recruiting the permanent CEO of ISS. Gen Ivan spoke about the need for the ISS Board to create the conditions for success for the people taking up these roles. The past three years have seen ISS maintaining the strategic direction of DaaP as well as attacking how ISS does business, transforming the delivery programme, and the rationalisation and renegotiation of many contracts. All of this achieved whilst continuing to support active operations across the globe.</p> <p>Steve Latchem, Head of Architecture presented and explained the 11 principles of DaaP. These include:</p> <ul> <li>Being Cloud Native</li> <li>Platforms Evolve and Adapt</li> <li>Access Anytime, Any place &amp; Anywhere</li> <li>Agile / Digital First – Having the ability to make the scope flexible whilst maintaining fixed time-scales and costs</li> <li>Commodity Services First</li> <li>Evergreen</li> </ul> <p>And details of the forward looking DaaP Services Architecture (DSA). At the very top level this covers:</p> <ul> <li>Security &amp; Service Management (SSM)</li> <li>Application (AP)</li> <li>Hosting (HO)</li> <li>Information (INF)</li> <li>Connectivity (CO)</li> <li>Interoperability (IO)</li> <li>Enterprise Service Governance (ESG)</li> </ul> <p>Together these component services will build to provide customer focused services that can be readily consumed by the end users. A challenge for ISS will be for all the differing teams to work together across the component platforms to ensure that the core platform provides a seamless base from which Defence ICT can operate effectively.</p> <p>DaaP is the ecosystem within which the core platform and associated services will operate and is supported by the DSA and the eleven principles. Services will need to move to the DaaP environment and DaaP(F) will be the gradual movement of these services as contracts are renewed. MODNET Evolve is the replacement of the DII/MODNET services which will also be some of the first DaaP(F) delaminated services for UK and Overseas. Some of the first services that were noted in the presentation are currently supported within the DII/MODNET contract. That is due to end in 2019 and MODNET Evolve will see the replacement of that contract with delaminated services.</p> <p>The next ISS Industry Engagement Day will be hosted in Malvern on 22 May. Registration for that event will open in the coming weeks.</p> 5G Can Be Transformative For the UK Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:12:40 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) techUK outlines how the UK could reap the benefit from being a 5G leader. <p><img src="images/assets/5G_Report.JPG" alt="5G Report" width="250" height="354" style="margin: 5px; float: right;" />techUK has today released its latest report, <strong>5G: New Services, New Customers, New Challenges</strong>, which highlights why 5G matters, the services and use cases which 5G is designed to address, as well as the obstacles to address if the UK is to be a 5G leader.</p> <p>Successive generations of mobile technology have helped to fundamentally change consumer and business behaviour, increasing the benefits derived from being online and, therefore, driving up the demand for data. As a result we now live in a mobile-first world.</p> <p>5G, the next upgrade in mobile technology, won’t only be faster than 4G, it is expected to also be more reliable, use less energy, be responsive enough to support self-driving cars, and to enable thousands of sensors to connect at the same location. In short, it’s less about faster smartphones and more about a smarter future where almost everyone and everything is connectable.</p> <p>5G has the potential to be truly transformative – for consumers and for business. The UK Government has set out a bold ambition to be a 5G leader, and has made a good start but the momentum must be maintained. The report details three areas requiring attention:</p> <p>1) <strong>Coverage:</strong> There must be greater focus on extending mobile coverage. 5G on its own won’t improve mobile coverage. Today’s patchy coverage of major road and rail corridors must be addressed as a priority.</p> <p>2) <strong>Collaboration:</strong> Ensuring 5G is quickly, and widely, available across the UK will require more collaboration between operators - unfettered competition would reduce the net benefits to UK plc. There also must be greater co-operation and consistency of approach between Central and Local Government. Currently, the process of deploying transmitters in city centres is protracted and fragmented.</p> <p>3) <strong>Spectrum:</strong> Spectrum is the lifeblood of all mobile technologies. Ofcom now needs to build on its sterling work in Europe identifying suitable spectrum, and move quickly to get spectrum into the hands of industry, where the current means of award and licensing may no longer be ideal.</p> <p>But for 5G to deliver on its promises will require considerable investment – a challenge in the current climate.</p> <p>Highlighting the importance of 5G leadership Julian David, CEO of techUK, said:</p> <p><em>“The UK was slow to get 4G spectrum into the hands of industry, and the planning and approvals process further delayed the UK reaping the benefits of 4G. I am delighted that the UK Government has no intention of repeating that mistake with 5G. The UK has a real opportunity to become a 5G leader and Europe’s showcase for the applications and services enabled by 5G.</em></p> <p><em>“techUK strongly supports the UK Government’s focus on 5G, and the considerable effort Ofcom has put into identifying suitable spectrum which could be made available quickly, but to become a 5G leader, the UK needs to do even more. Specifically, we need to see a much more coordinated approach to deploying – and sharing – infrastructure, and a focus on connectivity in major transport corridors. I am delighted to say that techUK already has initiatives underway, bringing together industry and public sector, to assist in policy development in these key areas.”</em></p> <p>Tony Lavender, CEO, Plum Consulting London LLP comments:</p> <p><em>“5G is an excellent opportunity for the UK to show its strength in research, development and industrialisation. Also to show how Government can work with industry and others to drive forward mobile technology and the broader solutions that will make more advanced mobile standards a reality.</em></p> <p><em>“There are still many non-technology focused questions to address in addition to the technological innovation that 5G needs. Service ecosystem development for horizontal and industry vertical applications and the imperative of creating conditions for viable business cases to flourish are two key areas to address hand in hand with technology development.</em></p> <p><em>“A unique cooperation across both public and private sectors will be required to achieve these ambitious goals.”</em></p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>For press queries, please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Respond to Consultation on BBC's Impact on Competition Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:40:09 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Ofcom are seeking input into the impact of the BBC's activities ahead of becoming its regulator from April. <p>Ofcom has published its 'Regulating the BBC’s impact on competition work stream which includes four separate consultations on how Ofcom will manage the BBC’s relationship with commercial entities. Two are particularly relevant for CE manufacturers and are summarised below.</p> <p><strong>Distribution of BBC public services: A Consultation on Ofcom’s proposed requirements and guidance</strong></p> <p>Ofcom is seeking views on how it will ensure the BBC distributes its services in a fair and widespread manner. The proposed requirement from Ofcom is:</p> <p>Ofcom requires that the BBC must offer the public services to third parties in response to reasonable requests for supply, except where the BBC has an objective justification for not doing so. In offering the public services for supply, and in supplying those services, the BBC must act on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory basis</p> <p>Ofcom recognises that not having access to BBC services disadvantages platforms and they believe acting in an unfair manner would breach the BBC Charter. One specific point is: if the BBC supplies public services on overly restrictive terms (even if it does so to everyone) then this may limit the ability of platform operators to compete by innovating and investing in improvements to their services. As a result, the range and quality of services available to people could be reduced.</p> <p><strong>Assessing the impact of the BBC’s public service activities</strong></p> <p>Ofcom wishes to identify and assess how the BBC’s public service activities impacts competition and wants views on its proposed process for initiating investigations. Whilst much of the document is focused on content, there are sections related to third parties, specifically “when it supplies important products or services to others, the BBC may do so in an unfair, unreasonable or discriminatory manner”.</p> <p>Assessing the impact of proposed changes to the BBC’s public service activities</p> <p>Ofcom is seeking views on the approval process should the BBC seek to modify its ‘public service activities’. Ofcom propose a public interest test process if the change be deemed ‘material’. The level of investigation and consultation would depend on the nature of the proposed change.</p> <p>Paul Hide, techUK, commented. "techUK have reviewed these consultations, spoken directly with Ofcom and canvassed the views of consumer electronics manufacturers in the Television, Set Top Box and Personal Video Recorder sectors. As a result of this dialogue techUK have submitted a response to these consultations setting out the areas of potential impact of the BBC on commercial markets and recommendations on how all stakeholders can best work together to provide the best experience for viewers and listeners. techUK have a very good working relationship with the BBC and Ofcom and we look forward to continuing to work with all of our partners to achieve the best mutual outcomes."</p> <p>A copy of our submitted response is attached to this insight.</p> <p>For further information on our work in this sector contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Digital Contributed to £339 Million Government Operational Savings Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Georgina Maratheftis(techUK) Digital Supported £1.2 billion of operational savings from Government <blockquote>Many of the larger savings that the Government is targeting for the future will only be achieved by total service transformation, much of it enabled by digital.</blockquote> <p>In the last financial year the Government saved £3.3 billion for the taxpayer which includes operational savings and £2.1 billion of benefits from fraud measures, property asset sales and new commercial models. These savings were delivered across government departments. <a href="">The Government confirmed £339 million savings through setting standards and providing assurances through the Government Digital Service. </a>Many of the larger savings that the Government is targeting for the future will only be achieved by total service transformation, much of it enabled by digital.</p> <p>Digital technology had a crucial role to play in realising these savings. Minister for the Cabinet Office Ben Gummer said: “We have made significant steps forward in tackling fraud, selling off redundant government property ... and making better use of modern digital technology to drive savings.”</p> <p>Commenting on the recent efficiency savings, techUK’s Head of Public Sector Rob Driver said:</p> <p><em>“We commend the Government on its progress in achieving these efficiencies and it’s fantastic to see the tangible contribution technology has made in delivering value for money. techUK particularly wants to acknowledge the work of Government Digital Service in helping to achieve this. It’s great to see the Technology Code of Practice referenced, an area where techUK members helped input into the latest guidance, and the significant savings it has achieved.”</em></p> <p><em>“As stated by Government, some of the larger savings that the Government is targeting will only be achieved by total service transformation. We look forward to continuing to work closely with GDS to deliver effective transformation that not only delivers value and savings but puts user needs at the heart of Government services.”</em></p> <p><strong>Further Information</strong></p> <p><a href="insights/news/item/10200-gts-outlines-ambitious-targets-to-transform-public-services">Government Backs Digital Transformation for Public Services</a></p> <p><a href="">Leading Transformation in the Public Sector through Technological Innovation</a></p> techUK response to Extending Local Full Fibre Broadband Networks Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Skye MacLeod (techUK) While the UK missed its chance to be a world leader with 4G, we have a real opportunity to be a world leader in 5G. <p>On the 29 December 2016, DCMS launchd a <a href="" target="_blank">Call for Evidence on Extending Local Full Fibre Broadband Networks</a>.</p> <p>This call for evidence was based on the Government announcing over £1billion of investment in the Autumn Statement 2016 to boost the UK’s digital infrastructure.&nbsp;This investment is aimed to deliver even faster and more reliable broadband for homes and businesses across the UK. It is DCMS' intention that this investment will be delivered in partnership with local areas, prioritising funding for new full fibre business connections.To develop these proposals, DCMS published a Call for Evidence on approaches to local full fibre networks delivery.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK has responded to the Call for Evidence - Extending Local Full Fibre Broadband Networks:</p> <p>"<em>If the UK is to be a leader in 5G, there needs to be a much more proactive and joined-up approach towards deploying the necessary infrastructure than the UK has had until now.</em></p> <p><em>5G will utilise a range of spectrum bands, where it is expected that demand for high bandwidth will principally be met by the use of higher frequency spectrum than is currently used by 4G.</em></p> <p><em>That will require a high number of small cells to be deployed in a relatively short period of time, and each must have fibre connectivity....</em>"</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>techUK's FULL RESPONSE can be downloaded below - available for tehcUK members only.</strong></p>