techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 Summary of Brexit no deal notices Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:58:28 +0100 CRM Sync A summary of key No Deal notices and issues for tech companies to be aware of. <p>With the Brexit clock rapidly counting down, the Government has been preparing for a range of scenarios, including a &lsquo;no deal&rsquo; Brexit, the worst-case scenario where an agreement with the EU on the terms of withdrawal is not reached.</p> <p>Technical notices have been published to give business more information to enable them to better plan for a no deal and are intended as a guide as to what Government will do in a no deal scenario. These notices <a href="">can be found here</a>. They are not the preferred option and the Government is clear that they want a proper agreement. They also do not necessarily reflect what Government would do in the event of a no deal plus transition (i.e. no deal in December 2020), as different options may be available given a time delay.</p> <p>While it is important for the Government to give further information on its intended policy in the event of a no deal Brexit, these notices show more clearly than ever why it is so important that the UK secures a comprehensive deal with the EU. They show that No Deal would mean significant new bureaucracy for businesses, and higher costs and reduced choice for consumers. While a no deal remains unlikely, tech businesses in the UK should review relevant technical notices to ensure that they are aware of actions they may need to take should that scenario come to pass. techUK has summarised the key takeaways from some of the key notices below.</p> <p>If you would like to discuss these with techUK then please email Giles Derrington: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="">Data Flows</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The Data flows paper fails, in techUK&rsquo;s view to give the full picture, focusing instead on the process for delivering Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs).</li> <li>The notice states that the preferred position remains adequacy and that this will be pursued</li> <li>The notices say that the UK will unilaterally accept data flows from the UK to EU.&nbsp; While not set out in detail, we assume this effectively means unilaterally granting an adequacy decision to the EU.</li> <li>The paper states that to allow transfers from EU to UK, EU partners will need a legal basis- most likely SCCs.&nbsp; It advises that business work with EU partners to identify the appropriate legal mechanism.</li> <li>As EU to UK transfers will require an EU legal basis, not a UK one, the paper says that EU SCCs can be used, without the need for the UK to develop its own SCCs.</li> <li>However, this does not help businesses who need to transfer on to third countries.&nbsp; We have raised this with DCMS who says they will take it away and look at further.</li> <li>The notice also does not give any information on Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) and how existing BCRs approved by the ICO will be transferred in the event of No Deal.&nbsp; We have also raised this with DCMS.</li> <li>Finally, the notice does not set out any plans to support smaller businesses with the costs of putting in place SCCs or other transfer mechanisms.&nbsp; We have said that DCMS need to pick this up, though they say this may come in further notices if and when a no deal looks more likely.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Telecoms</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The notice on telecoms is clear that Government&rsquo;s intention is for there to be no substantive changes to UK regulation of telecoms.</li> <li>It highlights that parts of the Communications Act 2003 will need to be corrected using powers in the Withdrawal Act, including things like removing references to the promotion of the Single Market.</li> <li>The notice says that if the EU Electronic Communication Code is adopted before exit day but not transposed until after we leave, the UK is &ldquo;minded to implement where appropriate its substantive provisions.&rdquo;</li> <li>The paper also confirms that rules on spectrum allocation will be corrected so that Ofcom can continue to use an unchanged process.</li> <li>Finally, the paper makes clear that UK telecom providers can continue to provide cross border services under the WTO&rsquo;s GATs rules.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Space Sector</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will no longer participate in Galileo, the EGNO or Copernicus and so UK companies will not be able to bid for contracts for the programmes.&nbsp;</li> <li>However, we will continue to be able to utilise freely available and open source data from the programmes, such as position, navigation and timing information.</li> <li>The Public Regulated Services will no longer be available in the UK when it is completed in Mid-2020.</li> <li>The notices is not clear on existing contracts, saying that the UK &ldquo;is seeking clarification&rdquo; on these contracts.</li> <li>On Galileo, the Government confirms that it is to invest &pound;92 million from Brexit readiness fund to design a UK Global Navigation Satellite System.&nbsp; This will &ldquo;inform the decision to create a UK alternative to Galileo&rdquo;.</li> <li>On Copernicus, users could lose the right to higher bandwidth access from the Copernicus Sentinels.&nbsp; UK will also lose data sourced from any contributory missions.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Mutual Recognition under the &ldquo;New Approach&rdquo;/CE Marking</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The notice confirms that the UK will unilaterally accept goods that meet EU requirements and have the appropriate mark in the event of a No Deal.</li> <li>This includes goods already on the UK market from the EU.</li> <li>However, UK notified bodies will no longer be recognised by the EU, therefore any manufacturers selling goods in the EU that have been approved in the UK will need to have them reapproved by an EU notified body.</li> <li>Manufacturers can choose to ask the UK notified body to transfer the relevant files to a new EU body, though even in this case, a new mark.</li> <li>The UK will also convert UK notified bodies into new UK &lsquo;approved bodies&rsquo; able to issue a UK specific mark. This will be optional as the UK will continue to recognise EU markets.</li> <li>However, the paper suggests that this option will be time limited. This means that it is possible in the future that the UK will cease to recognise the EU mark and require UK approval via an approved body.</li> <li>The papers states that the Government will lay out further plans on this issue later in 2018.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Mutual Recognition</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The notice confirms that the UK will no longer be in scope of EU rules on mutual recognition of products.</li> <li>This means that anyone selling goods to the EU will have to meet the national requirements of the first country to which they export.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Customs</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will operate a customs border with the EU in the event of a no deal.</li> <li>Businesses will therefore have to register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and ID (EORI) number in order to export to the EU.&nbsp; Registration for EORI numbers for EU export will open in advance of March 2019.</li> <li>Business should also ensure that their INCOTERMS recognises their exporter status with the EU.</li> <li>On the UK side, Government will aim to continue to conform with the EU&rsquo;s Excise Movement and Control System, but it is not clear whether it will have full access to the system.</li> <li>The paper does not make any references to AEO status or whether existing mechanisms with third countries will continue to apply.&nbsp; It is likely that this is contained in the as yet unpublished paper on existing EU trade agreements.</li> <li>The paper also suggests businesses explore measures to mitigate disruption, including warehousing, Inward Processing and Temporary Admissions.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">VAT</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The paper states that the UK will aim to keep the VAT regime as close as possible to the EU system.</li> <li>The Government will introduce a Postponed Accounting mechanism for all EU and Non-EU good entering the UK.&nbsp; This means that businesses will be able to account for VAT on their VAT return rather than paying VAT at point of entry and claiming back.</li> <li>For VAT on small parcels (up to &pound;135), the Government will seek to implement a system to enable overseas businesses to pay the VAT, rather than charging the recipient of the package.</li> <li>This will mean an additional &ldquo;tech based solution&rdquo; in which oversees businesses shipping a parcel to the UK will have to register with HMRC for VAT via an online portal. This is likely to be an issue for third party suppliers via ecommerce portals (as is current case for non-EU suppliers currently).</li> <li>For shipments to the EU, the UK will no longer be part of the EU VAT Refund scheme automatically.&nbsp; Therefore businesses seeking to reclaim VAT for an EU export will have to register through the scheme through the non-EU route (i.e. going to individual Member States tax authorities).</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Tariffs</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will have a full tariff regime with the EU in event of a no deal</li> <li>The UK will aim to meet the same tariff scheme as the EU at WTO</li> <li>It is not clear what this will mean in terms of UK compliance with Rules of Origin Requirements.</li> <li>The UK will seek to continue preferential tariffs on developing countries, such as the General Scheme of Preferences</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Broadcast and Video on Demand</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The paper confirms that the AVMS Directive will no longer apply and the UK will be a third country for EU purposes.</li> <li>It confirms that under Recital 54 of the directive, EU Member States will be able to impose whatever measures they deem appropriate.</li> <li>However, for the 20 EU Member States that have signed and ratified the European Convention on Transfrontier Television (ECTT), they will be required to permit reception of broadcasts from the UK- though national interpretation of the ECTT is likely to make this a complex picture.</li> <li>The UK will be required to license receptions from ECTT signatories as a signatory to ECTT itself.</li> <li>The paper notices that the ECTT&rsquo;s standing committee to resolve disputes hasn&rsquo;t met since 2010 and requires arbitration.</li> <li>Companies will need to assess each individual licence and secure a local licence for any country receiving broadcast that isn&rsquo;t signed up to the ECTT.</li> <li>Technically after exit HQs can remain in the UK if there are decisions and a significant part of the workforce based in an EU country, so as to give EU landing rights.&nbsp; However, this is likely to be highly complex.</li> <li>Finally, the paper notes that a UK company may be able to apply for UK landing rights under Art 2(4) of the AVMS if it provides an uplink service in a specific country- this is most likely to apply to France or Luxembourg.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Trade Remedies</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The Trade Bill creates the Trade Remedies Authority.&nbsp; This will be in place by March 2019.</li> <li>All existing trade remedies imposed as part of the EU will be reviewed by the TRA and adjusted to the UK market (we anticipate that some will not be needed as they don&rsquo;t apply to the UK at the moment)</li> <li>When the TRA is operational, companies seeking trade remedies should approach the TRA in tandem with the Commission until we leave the EU.</li> <li>After leaving the EU the TRA will unilaterally handle any decisions on UK trade remedies.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Export Control</a></strong></p> <ul><li>Rules on control of exports of military items will not change as this is a reserved issue.</li> <li>On Dual Use items however, while the aim will be for the system overall not to change, there will be additional requirements.</li> <li>Existing Export Licences for dual use items from the UK will no longer be valid (as approve at EU level).&nbsp;Therefore, those with existing licenses will need to reapply.</li> <li>There will be new requirements for dual use export licenses for products moving from UK to the EU.</li> <li>The Export Control Joint Unit will be creating a new Open General License for export to EU countries shortly.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Banking and Financial Services</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will treat the EEA under the rules of a third country regime.&nbsp; This will mean that EU licenses will no long apply in the UK.</li> <li>However, the UK will apply Temporary Permissions, giving EEA license holders from outside the UK three years in which to register for a UK license.</li> <li>UK-based payment services providers will lose access to the Single European Payments Area and TARGET2.&nbsp; However, the Government is seeking to align as much as possible to enable third country access to SEPA.</li> <li>The paper recognises that these changes will likely mean higher charges on credit card transactions and slower processing of transactions that move from one currency to another.</li> <li>The Government will bring in a range of new pieces of legislation to allow for transition, including regulations around Credit Rating Agencies, Data Reporting Services and Depositary Authorised Funds.</li> <li>EEA Funds will likely need to take further action to comply with new EU rules although what is not clear from the papers.</li> <li>The paper also references the importance of free flow of data and links to the as yet unpublished paper on this issue.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Horizon 2020</a></strong></p> <ul><li>As already announced by the Chancellor, the Government will guarantee the funding for any Horizon 2020 bid that has been successful until 2020.</li> <li>The paper says the UK is &ldquo;seeking to discuss&rdquo; with the EU cases where the consortium lead is from the UK and how this will work with the responsibility such as disseminating information and papers.</li> <li>UK Research and Innovation will soon be opening an online portal through which all existing UK participants in Horizon 2020 will have to register in order to allow Government to guarantee their funding to 2020.</li> <li>Non-UK parts of a consortium which includes UK elements do not have to register with the portal.</li> <li>The UK intends to continue participation in all third country calls, but this will mean no longer having access to European Research Council grants, SME Instruments and certain medical research related funds such as the Marie Curie Actions programme.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">EU funded programmes</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The papers reassert the Government&rsquo;s commitments to maintain funding of all EU funded programmes until 2020.</li> <li>The paper says that on awards where UK wins a bid that runs beyond that date &ldquo;we will work with the commission to ensure continued participation&rdquo;.&nbsp; It is not entirely clear what this means.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">State Aid</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will retain effectively the same state aid rules as currently exist.</li> <li>The Competition and Markets Authority will take over responsibility for agreeing state aid exemptions and barriers.</li> <li>All existing state aid exemptions and barriers will automatically remain in place.</li> <li>Any new applications under state aid will, from March 2019, by made to the CMA.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Workplace rights</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The vast majority of rules in this area will stay the same.</li> <li>However, there may be some issues around insolvency protection for companies operating in EU Member States.&nbsp; Automatic protection will cease and any protection will depend on companies national rules.</li> <li>Companies should therefore ensure they are aware of what protections exist for insolvency within any member states in which they have a business presence.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Medical Devices and Clinical Trials</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will take over from the European Medical Research Network as the regulator of all medicines and devices.&nbsp; They will consult on early autumn on the legislative changes necessary to facilitate this move.</li> <li>The UK will unilaterally recognise medical devices approved in the EU and CE marked.&nbsp;</li> <li>However, MHRA will no longer be able to oversee Notified Bodies and so no UK assessment or approvals will be valid in the EU.&nbsp;Devices for EU markets will have to be tested with an EU Notified Body within a Member State.</li> <li>The UK will continue to apply existing medicines and clinical trials regulations and will seek to comply with the Medical Devices Regulation and the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation&nbsp;in 2020 and 2022 respectively as they come in to force.</li> <li>They UK will also seek to align with the EU Clinical Trials Regulation when it is passed into law, which is expected to be before Exit Day.</li> <li>For licensing of medical trials companies will likely need both an EEA and UK legal presence.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Civil Nuclear Regulation</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The Office for Nuclear Regulation will run oversite of all regulation after March 2019.</li> <li>Exiting supply contracts approved by the Euratom Supply Agency will need reapproved if there is both a UK and EU operator involved and the supply period extends past March 2019.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Nuclear Research</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will no longer be able to bid for Thermonuclear Experimental Research Contracts.</li> <li>However, the UK Government is on track to sign up to the Bilateral Nuclear Cooperation Agreement ahead of March 2019.</li> <li>The Government reiterates its commitment to fund Joint European Tours until 2020, subject to the Commission agreeing the tours&rsquo; extension to 2020 which is expected shortly.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Erasmus</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The paper simply says that Government will &ldquo;need to reach an agreement with the EU&rdquo; to allow continued participation.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Tobacco and E-Cigs</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The paper says that the UK will continue to apply all legislation affecting tobacco products.</li> <li>However, picture warnings on tobacco products will all need to be changed as the EU owns the copyright on the current pictures.&nbsp; This will likely mean requiring substantially different package printing for UK/EU markets.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Roaming</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>The notices say that Government will legislate to require UK operators to apply financial limits on data usage abroad.&nbsp; This will cap usage at &pound;45 per month and require the same notifications around data usage as currently exist.</li> <li>It confirms that no deal does not in any way prevent UK operators agreeing or honouring arrangements with EU operators.&nbsp; However, this is entirely at the discretion of the contracting parties.</li> <li>This means Government cannot guarantee roaming free of charge for UK consumers- and make clear in the notice it will depend on companies.</li> <li>The notice also highlights inadvertent roaming in Northern Ireland, but does not set out a process to deal with such cases (where a person in Northern Ireland picks up a Republic of Ireland signal).</li> <li>Finally, the paper confirms that there is no intention to change existing rules around mobile contracts or existing Ofcom guidance to consumers.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Nominated Persons</a></strong></p> <ul><li>UK nominated persons will no longer be recognised in the EU. This means any company using a UK authorised representative should seek to hire a nominated person in the EU for all EU businesses.</li> <li>The UK will unilaterally accept existing EU authorised representatives to deal with the UK.&nbsp; However, new authorised representatives after Exit Day will be required to be located in the UK.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Mergers and Anti-Trust</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The notice states that the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) will take responsibility for investigating mergers and anti-trust enforcement, with the Withdrawal Act used to give the CMA the relevant powers.</li> <li>The domestic rules will remain the same, meaning no changes to the issues that will be investigated or the thresholds at which mergers become subject to investigation.</li> <li>However, the EU will no longer be able to investigate UK aspects of mergers or anti-trust cases and the UK will no longer be part of the Civil Judicial Cooperation regime.</li> <li>This also means the UK will no longer be part of the one-stop-shop on anti-trust cases, meaning companies could be required to comply with both UK and EU rules.</li> <li>In addition, in merger cases, companies that meet the threshold may be investigated by both the CMA and the European Commission.</li> <li>The paper strongly advises anyone engaged in existing merger applications at EU level, or in anti-trust cases, to take independent legal advice.</li> <li>The notice does state that the companies will continue to be able to pursue EU breaches of anti-trust that arise post exit through the UK courts via a Foreign Tort claim. They may also pursue damages based on EU decisions through UK courts.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Public Sector Contracts</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will no longer be able to post its public sector contracts out for tender on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) or Tender Electronic Daily (TED).</li> <li>The UK will therefore create its own e-notifications system to replace OJEU/TED in the event of no deal. This system will be ready by exit day and will be free to access.</li> <li>All existing opportunities listed on OJEU/ TED from the UK will be listed on this new system.</li> <li>Suppliers will need to register with the new UK system when it opens on Exit Day.</li> <li>Suppliers will also continue to be able to view OJEU/TED for EU opportunities.</li> <li>The paper also confirms the Government&rsquo;s intention to accede to the Government Procurement Agreement at WTO, meaning the basic principles of procurement will remain in place.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Travelling to the EU</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The paper confirms that in the event of a no deal, the UK will be a third country for EU member states.</li> <li>This means that to travel to the EU, a person will need to go through a third country procedure for Schengen processes.</li> <li>These procedures limit a person&rsquo;s stay to 90 days and require that a person has a passport that is valid for not longer than 10 years and not shorter than three months after the final point in which they could stay in the EU.</li> <li>This three-month threshold coupled with the 90 day maximum stay means that in reality a person cannot travel to the EU unless there passport has more than 6 months.</li> <li>Blue passports will be available for late 2019, but existing passports will not automatically have to be replaced.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Driving in the EU</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The technical notice confirms that UK driving licenses will no longer be recognised in the EU in the event of a no deal. This means that in order to drive in the EU a person will have to apply for an international driving license.</li> <li>An international driving license costs &pound;5.50 and can be obtained from most Post Offices. However, some have raised concerns of the capacity of the Post Office to deliver against demand.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>The Full list of notices</u></strong></p> <ul><li>Broadcasting and video on demand if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Data protection if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Mobile roaming if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>What telecoms businesses should do if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Getting an exemption from the maritime security notifications if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Reporting CO2 emissions for new cars and vans if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Vehicle type-approval if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Driving in the EU if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Recognition of seafarer certificate of competency if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Accessing public sector contracts if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Funding for UK LIFE projects if there&rsquo;s not Brexit deal</li> <li>Using and trading in fluorinated gases and ozone depleting substances if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Industrial emissions &lsquo;Best Available Technique&rsquo; (BAT) regime if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Upholding environmental standards if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Travelling to the EU with a UK passport</li> <li>Travelling with a European Firearms Pass if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Trading in drug precursors if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Travelling in the Common Travel Area if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Connecting Europe Facility energy funding if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Handling civil legal cases that involve EU countries if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>European Regional Development Funding if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>European Social Fund (ESF) grants if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Merger review and anti-competitive activity if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Satellites and space programmes if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Trading under the mutual recognition principle if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Appointing nominated persons to your business if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Running an oil or gas business if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Trading goods regulated under the &lsquo;New Approach&rsquo; if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> What makes a 'good' Digital Board? - new report from SmarterUK Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync New report explores how to build a greater understanding of digital, data and technological solutions into the executive leadership in local authorities and ultimately underpin the creation of smart places. <p>The key theme for the Smart Cities and Communities programme this year has been &ldquo;practical steps for delivering smart city solutions&rdquo; which has largely focused on leadership. This has included examining&nbsp;the roles and responsibilities for central government and local authorities in creating smart places around the UK. Local authorities are on the front line when it comes to smart, place-based digital initiatives. Although they should not be tasked with delivering the nation&rsquo;s smart agenda without overarching support and ambition from central government, there are steps that local authorities can take to improve their own capacity and capability.</p> <p>The first step towards this is building a greater understanding of digital, data and technological solutions into local authorities by establishing and maintaining &ldquo;a dedicated and legitimate decision-making body that is empowered by the executive leadership of the local authority&rdquo; - a digital board. A digital board will engage representatives from a mixture of local actors, including academia, local businesses, consumer/citizen groups, and tech companies. By drawing on such broad expertise, a digital board can raise awareness of opportunities for digital evolution, as well as support implementation efforts and ultimately deliver positive and sustainable citizen-focused outcomes for a locality.</p> <p>With the help of industry and local government professionals, we have developed a series of recommendations for establishing and maintaining a digital board. The recommendations address key themes for digital boards to consider; ensuring meaningful engagement with local stakeholders, establishing a culture that supports an action-oriented and delivery focus and a collaborative approach to digital evolution.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:318px; width:450px"></p> <p>If you would like to hear more about SmarterUK's work on leadership for smart places, please contact <a href="">Matthew Evans</a> or <a href="">Jessica Russell</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> New SPF Report: Cyber-Spectrum Resilience-Framework Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:17:00 +0100 CRM Sync 10-step Cyber-Spectrum Resilience Framework for spectrum users to minimise the spectrum threat to their businesses <h2><strong><a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMzkzNS1uZXctc3BmLXJlcG9ydC1jeWJlci1zcGVjdHJ1bS1yZXNpbGllbmNlLWZyYW1ld29yaw=="><img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:352px; width:250px"></a>New UK Spectrum Policy Forum paper identifies 10-step Cyber-Spectrum Resilience Framework for spectrum users to minimise the spectrum threat to their businesses and contribute to the overall national cyber resilience strategy.</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The new paper - <strong>Cyber-Spectrum Resilience-Framework</strong> - prepared by QinetiQ on behalf of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, provides information and guidance to spectrum users, managers and installers to help them make informed decisions and contribute to the overall cyber resilience strategy.</p> <p>Radio spectrum access, which underpins the UK&rsquo;s economy and provides significant social value, is part of the UK&rsquo;s (soft) infrastructure. Consequently, spectrum access should be appropriately resilient from malicious or accidental disruptions and the necessary spectrum protection measures should be implemented by businesses and users to ensure that the services they provide meet their needs.</p> <p>The denial of spectrum access, through jamming, spoofing or hacking, either accidentally or intentionally, can result in similar effects to cyber denial of service attacks (DDoS).</p> <p>To help keep spectrum-using systems safe, the paper includes the below ten-point checklist for spectrum users, managers and installers:</p> <ol><li><strong>Spectrum Audits</strong>: Do you know what frequencies you are using and why?</li> <li><strong>Impact assessment</strong>: Do you know what would the impact be on your business if you lost access to spectrum?</li> <li><strong>Detect/Monitor/Record</strong>: Are you checking the availability and usage of your frequencies?</li> <li><strong>Respond and Recover</strong>: Have you got a plan for getting back to business as usual after an interruption to your spectrum access?</li> <li><strong>Reporting</strong>: How and when do you report disruption?</li> <li><strong>Practice</strong>: Have you stress tested your system and your response and recovery plans?</li> <li><strong>Awareness</strong>: Are your staff aware of potential threats to spectrum availability?</li> <li><strong>Update</strong>: Do you implement regular updates?</li> <li><strong>Qualified personnel</strong>: Do you ensure that you are using suitably qualified personnel (SQP) to configure and control your systems?</li> <li><strong>Board responsibility</strong>: Do your Directors take responsibility for spectrum resilience?</li> </ol><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>David Meyer, Chair of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum</strong> <strong>said</strong>:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Digital is the fastest growing part of the UK&rsquo;s economy and connectivity underpins almost every sector. Businesses and services are increasingly reliant on wireless technology - from banking IT systems and transport communications, to industrial manufacturing and AI. It&rsquo;s therefore vital that these services are resilient from accidental or malicious interference.</em></p> <p><em>The UK Spectrum Policy Forum&rsquo;s broad membership&nbsp;enables us to</em><em> address strategic spectrum issues and provide advice to Government and Ofcom on industry and user views around key spectrum policy issues</em><em>. This Cyber-Spectrum Resilience Framework provides a 10-point check list for Government, businesses and organisations to enable informed decision-making to help ensure that their services can continue to be provided un-interrupted.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><u>Further information</u></p> <p>The development of this cyber-spectrum resilience framework was a key recommendation of the recent&nbsp;SPF <a href="">Spectrum Resilience White Paper</a>, which was developed by QinetiQ for the SPF. Based on the outcomes of UK Spectrum Policy Forum workshops the paper demonstrated the need to conduct system level testing to ensure that unexpected (ripple or cascade) effects can be understood and mitigated.</p> <p>The EU Directive (2016/1148) on the security of <a href="">Network and Information Systems Directive</a> (NISD), which came into force in the UK in May 2018, aims to improve the security of network and information systems across the EU. The NISD requires that significant disruption to service provision is reported within a pre-defined period or fines may be levied. It is important to note that the NISD does not confine the causes of the disturbance to wired infrastructure.</p> <hr><p><strong>About the UK Spectrum Policy Forum:</strong></p> <p>Launched at the request of Government, the&nbsp;<a href="">UK Spectrum Policy Forum&nbsp;</a>is the industry sounding board to address strategic spectrum issues and to provide advice to Government and Ofcom on industry and user views around key spectrum policy issues. The SPF is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and has over 240 members drawn from mobile and broadcasting, space and transport, equipment manufacturers and public services.&nbsp; The SPF&rsquo;s broad membership working together enables us to engage with challenging questions about how to get better value from spectrum use at the national and international level.&nbsp;A&nbsp;<a href="">Steering Board&nbsp;</a>performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK response to UK preparations for WRC-19 Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:28:46 +0100 CRM Sync techUK responds to Ofcom's consultation on UK preparations for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 <p>techUK's <a href="">Communications Infrastructure Council</a> has responded to Ofcom's <a href="">consultation document </a>which set out the key issues that will be considered at the conference and why they matter to the UK.&nbsp;The next WRC will take place in November 2019 and Ofcom represents the UK at WRCs.</p> <p>The use of radio spectrum, and its role in today&rsquo;s technology focused society, has never been so important. Most of us make direct use of spectrum in our everyday lives when we use mobile/smart phones, laptops, tablets and when we watch television (which may receive signals from transmitters on the ground or from satellites that orbit the earth). Outside these more familiar examples, radio spectrum is also used for many other purposes including for aviation, maritime and by the scientific community for the detection of emissions from space (radio astronomy) or from the earth itself.</p> <p>To assist this usage, frequency band harmonisation plays a pivotal role. The most important global spectrum harmonisation activity are World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs), of the International Telecommunication Union. These Conferences are held approximately every four years and take key decisions concerning the identification and international harmonisation of spectrum bands.</p> <p><strong>techUK's response can be downloaded below [techUK member log-in required]</strong></p> <hr><p>Further information is available on <a href="">techUK's Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> An immigration system that supports the UK tech sector Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Ahead of the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) report on EEA workers in the UK labour market, techUK has published its asks of the post-Brexit immigration system. <p>Ahead of the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee&rsquo;s (MAC) report on EEA workers in the UK labour market, techUK has published its asks of the post-Brexit immigration system. techUK has developed a set of proposals based on the principles that we believe are necessary to support the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector. These asks will be the criteria with which we will judge the government&rsquo;s proposed future system &ndash; both in the highly anticipated Immigration White Paper and the legislation that stems from it.</p> <p>The UK faces a digital skills crisis and as the economy digitises, competition for tech talent will only become fiercer. Whilst industry and government are working hard on creating a domestic pipeline of future tech talent, and much is being done now regarding lifelong learning, there is an immediate need for skilled labour in the tech sector. Migration, both EU and Rest of World, is key to the UK&rsquo;s continued success.</p> <p>The ease and simplicity of freedom of movement has taken the edge off an otherwise complicated immigration system, and so whilst the UK&rsquo;s exit brings a number of challenges it is also a unique opportunity to address the UK&rsquo;s migration system as a whole. Migration is key to a successful, globally-competitive UK tech sector.</p> <p>In our 2017 <a href="">report </a>with Frontier Economics, it was clear that the majority of demand for Tier 2 visas came from the three major industry groups most closely associated with the digital sectors &ndash; information and communication; professional, scientific and technical activities; and financial and insurance activities. Furthermore, whilst we have seen a doubling of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas in November of last year and the London Tech Week announcement of a new Start-Up visa are encouraging first steps, they ultimately support entrepreneurs and do little for existing British tech firms seeking to fill employee vacancies right now.</p> <p>That is why we are calling for, among other recommendations, a removal of arbitrary caps of Tier 2 skilled workers and above; a review of Tier 1 visas, both Exceptional Talent and Post-Study work visas; a stop to salary acting as a proxy for skill level; and a relaxation of continuous residency requirements for those undertaking business or research travel. There is also a clear need to streamline processes which is why we have also recommended: changes to supporting documentation requirements; a simplification of fee structures; and a review of the currently underused Tier 5 visa system.</p> <p>The publication of the MAC report, due on 18 September, will undoubtedly reignite debate about what our future migration system should like and whilst techUK were encouraged that the Government chose to wait for this report before publishing its White Paper, an evidence-based approach that for too long has been missing from the immigration debate in this country, we are now only six months away from Brexit and businesses need to know what a new system will looks like. techUK will continue to push for a system that supports the tech sector and retains the UK&rsquo;s position as a global tech hub.</p> <p><em>Read the full report via the link below.</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Internet of Things Biannual Round-Up Wed, 05 Sep 2018 09:18:22 +0100 CRM Sync Find out what the IoT Programme has been up to in the first half of 2018. <p>2018 has been a real blend of policy focus and market engagement in our IoT programme. Find out what we've been up to, who we have engaged with, and a sneak peek at what is to come.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're interested in engaging with our IoT Programme, please contact:</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> SmarterUK Biannual Round-Up Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:49:00 +0100 CRM Sync Find out what we've been up to for the first half of 2018 and who we've engaged with, as well as insight into the second half of the year. <p>Welcome to the SmarterUK biannual round-up. Find out what we have been up to in&nbsp;Transport, Smart Cities &amp; Communities, and Smart Energy &amp; Utilities.</p> <p>Want to find out more? Contact our SmarterUK Team.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Release Updated Service Guidelines Code of Practice Thu, 09 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Produced by the techUK Consumer Electronics Service Forum, this guide provides valuable information on best practice relating to pre and post sales of consumer electrical goods. <p>This Code of Practice (CoP) is designed to set out guidelines for the minimum criteria for service quality standards that are provided by Manufacturers and Producers of Consumer Electronics that are supplied to end users.</p> <p>The purpose is to describe good industry practice in the areas of pre and post sales and to provide benchmark service levels for key elements of the service proposition for consumer electrical goods. This CoP sets out minimum standards guidelines for manufacturers, resellers, distributors and channels only. It is not designed as a customer/ end user facing document. This paper seeks to give guidance to device producers and sellers on what information they should provide to the end user/ purchaser.</p> <p>This guide is designed to support best practice recommendations for electrical goods. There are some electrical goods that also connect to additional services such as the supply and use of gas and water. This CoP does not set out to describe the requirements for support and service of non-electrical specific products and features.</p> <p>It is designed to complement statutory legal requirements and consumer rights and act as a supporting guide for manufacturers, importers and distributors of consumer goods to enable cross industry universal minimum standards of service.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> SPF Report: UHF Band 694-960MHz Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:19:00 +0100 CRM Sync New UK Spectrum Policy Forum Study identifies recommendations for long-term spectrum policy at a national and European level in UHF Band 694-960MHz. <h2><!--[if gte IE 8]--><!--[endif]-->O<!--StartFragment-->verall capacity benefits gained from defragmentation would be small compared to the gains promised by future technology developments such as 5G and the use of higher frequency bands, according to a report published today by the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, authored by LS telcom UK.&nbsp;</h2> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:423px; width:300px">The future-looking study &ndash; Study on UHF Band (694-960MHz) &ndash; by LS telcom UK was commissioned by the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF)&nbsp; to examine the practicality, feasibility and implications of defragmenting the UHF band 694 to 960 MHz.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The study was initiated by the SPF in response to radical proposals to re-plan the 694 to 960 MHz band to remove the current fragmentation &ndash; the proposals claimed that such re-planning could potentially deliver considerable benefits such as increased capacity, future proofed spectrum and securing access for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services below 694 MHz.&nbsp;</p> <p>The LS telcom UK study found that the overall capacity benefits gained from the proposed defragmentation would be small compared to the gains promised by future technology developments, such as 5G, and the use of higher frequency bands. Furthermore, LS telcom determined that the proposed defragmentation would impose a considerable cost burden on mobile network operators, who would need to upgrade every base station in their network, for a fractional increase in capacity.&nbsp;</p> <p>From the key findings presented in the UHF Band&#8239;(694 &ndash; 960 MHz)&#8239;study, the UK Spectrum Policy Forum presents the following recommendations:&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <ul><li> <p>The SPF recommends that HMG/ Ofcom should at WRC19 support an agenda item for WRC23 that reviews how UHF 470-960MHz is&#8239;used, and&#8239;considers how that band can deliver best value beyond 2030.&#8239;&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <p>The review should take note of the findings in the LS Telcom report on use of the upper frequencies by mobile: while the limited number of options analysed in this report show the challenges of achieving major gains in value from radical&#8239;replanning, they also provide useful insights for further thinking in this area.</p> </li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Saul Friedner, project manager and associate director of spectrum services at LS telcom, said: "This was a challenging project due to the future looking nature and the requirement to determine what a mobile network might look like in 2030. Whichever way we looked at the problem we could see no significant justification to undertake such a defragmentation exercise".&nbsp;</p> <p>David Meyer, chair of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum said: &ldquo;The Spectrum Policy Forum&rsquo;s broad membership&#8239;enables us to work together&#8239;and engage&#8239;with challenging questions about how to get the best value we can from spectrum use at the national and international level.&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>The provisional agenda for ITU WRC-23 includes a review of mobile and broadcasting requirements in the 470-960 MHz band.&#8239;This agenda item presents an opportunity to develop long-term spectrum policy at a national and European level in relation to this frequency range.&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>This SPF-commissioned report determined that significant benefits from major changes within the 694-960MHz do not seem likely in the mid to long term. Should there be changes to the co-primary users of the band in response to business needs, the position for the band beyond 2030 should be reviewed.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align:center"><a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudGVjaHVrLm9yZy9pbnNpZ2h0cy9yZXBvcnRzL2l0ZW0vMTM1OTktc3BmLXJlcG9ydC11aGYtYmFuZC02OTQtOTYwbWh6"><strong>The study is available to download below</strong>.</a><br><em>(If you are having an issue with downloading the report, please get in touch with Skye MacLeod - contact details below.)</em></p> <p><!--[if gte IE 8]--><!--[endif]-->Further information:</p> <p><!--StartFragment-->The recent Digital UK sponsored study (Aetha, Nov 2017) that looked at potential long-term options to reconfigure mobile in the 694-960MHz range was an interesting early input to this debate. The report has garnered international interest with the Australian regulator (ACMA) reportedly investigating the potential of a defragmentation dividend when considering options of sub-1GHz band optimisation. This SPF study on UHF Band (694 - 960 MHz) therefore considers in more detail and responds to some of the suggestions within the Aetha study, including the practical feasibility of migrating to a large FDD band, three TDD bands, or an all TDD plan.<!--EndFragment--></p> <hr><p>Launched at the request of Government, the <a href="">UK Spectrum Policy Forum </a>is the industry sounding board to address strategic spectrum issues and to provide advice to Government and Ofcom on industry and user views around key spectrum policy issues. The SPF is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and has over 240 members drawn from mobile and broadcasting, space and transport, equipment manufacturers and public services.&nbsp; The SPF&rsquo;s broad membership working together enables us to engage with challenging questions about how to get better value from spectrum use at the national and international level.&nbsp;A <a href="">Steering Board </a>performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p> <p>(<em>If you are having an issue with downloading the report, please get in touch with Skye MacLeod - contact details below.)</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Ofcom Publish Changes to COP for Electronic Programme Guides Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync Following a 2 year period of consultation and reflection Ofcom have published its findings and requirements relating to EPGs for broadcast TV services <p>Ofcom report that people with sight impairments will be able to navigate TV channels more easily, following changes published&nbsp;by Ofcom to the Code governing broadcasters&rsquo; on-screen TV guides.</p> <p>These electronic programme guides, or EPGs, help people plan their viewing and discover new programmes. But people with visual impairments can find them difficult to use.</p> <p>So we have decided to introduce changes to the EPG Code to help ensure the following features are incorporated into EPGs as standard:</p> <p class="xxmsonormal">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Text to speech. Channel information, and the text necessary for navigation, are available as speech;</p> <p class="xxmsonormal">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Filtering and highlighting. Programmes with audio description, and those with signing, are highlighted or listed separately;</p> <p class="xxmsonormal">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Magnification. Viewers can magnify or enlarge EPG information; and</p> <p class="xxmsonormal">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;High-contrast display. Viewers can switch between default and high-contrast displays.</p> <p>The proposed changes will apply to EPGs made available on all new models of TV receivers for which development begins after 27 July 2018.</p> <p>EPG providers will be able to use innovative methods to introduce these features, providing they prove effective for consumers. They must also submit an annual report to Ofcom on the accessibility of their programme guides, so we can closely monitor progress.</p> <p>Ofcom continues to work closely with broadcasters, on-demand programme service providers and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) on other ways to increase the accessibility of television to people with sight impairment.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, we are supporting the RNIB and broadcasters in an industry campaign to increase public awareness of audio description &ndash; a commentary service that describes what is happening on screen. Broadcasters including the BBC, BT, Channel 4, ITV, Sky, UKTV and Viacom will be airing adverts to promote their audio description services throughout the summer and early autumn.</p> <p>techUK provided input and recommendations into the consultation. Our response and recommendations can be accessed via the link to the consultation and findings below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Ofcom EPG Accessibility Statement</a></p> <p>techUK will continue to review, debate and support members on this topic through our Consumer Electronics Strategy and Technology Group. For more information contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Propose Route to Digital Radio Switchover Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Digital Radio reach and listening has now exceeded the criteria for a switchover review. techUK have set out their proposal for the review and process towards migration. <p>techUK fully support a commitment and clear pathway towards a digital radio migration. We believe that it is in the interests of the listener and the broadcaster and supply chain stakeholders to find common group on which we can plan the roadmap towards digital migration. The attached member only document sets out techUK suggested path towards migration.</p> <p>For more information on techUK's work in digital radio, contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> BBC Distribution Policy Published Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The BBC have now published the final Distribution Policy following the consultation period that ran February to April. techUK provided input into the consultation. <p>The BBC published on 15th June the final Distribution Policy. As a result of the consultation, the BBC has made a number of refinements to the Policy clarify its intention in the following areas:</p> <ul><li>The role of the Distribution Guidelines which will be superseded by the Policy with immediate effect. (Policy clause1.2)</li> <li>That, when considering distribution arrangements, the BBC will always be open to new and innovative distribution proposals. It will nevertheless always seek to improve or at the very least maintain the quality of the current audience experience (which in turn will be assessed by the compliance of any new solution with the conditions set out this Policy). (Policy clause 2.3)&nbsp;</li> <li>That the BBC will withhold its services where it is reasonable, proportionate and in the public interest to do so (Policy clause 2.4 and 4.3)&nbsp;</li> <li>That the BBC is providing guidance as to the process for dealing with requests for carriage of the content and services the BBC syndicates (see below). (Policy clause 3.4)&nbsp;</li> <li>Details of the BBC interpretation of audience &lsquo;needs and expectations&rsquo; of prominence, providing some indicative guidance. (Policy clause 3.5(b);(d)) &middot; BBC expectations of adequate curatorial influence relating only to the presentation of BBC programming. (Policy clause 3.9)&nbsp;</li> <li>The sufficient opportunities the BBC might expect platforms to provide to secure BBC branding and attribution. (Policy clause 3.11)&nbsp;</li> <li>The inclusion of access services among the functionality that we will expect third party platforms to deploy (Policy clause 3.15)&nbsp;</li> <li>That the BBC does not seek data beyond that relating to consumption of its own content and which, in deployment of a standard service product, the BBC in practice gathers itself, as well as handling of requests for data the BBC receives on third party platforms (Policy clauses 3.17-3.20)</li> </ul><p>It should be noted that whilst the document acknowledges that a number of respondents raised questions regarding the Strategy document (published at the same time as the Distribution document) , BBC have declined to make any comments on that document in this response.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK believe that the BBC should engage in open cross industry discussion regarding their stated strategy of moving to an IP only distribution world as soon as possible. techUK will continue to represent members&rsquo; interests on this matter and will engage with a broad cross section of stakeholders, including the BBC, as this topic progresses.&nbsp;</p> <p>A link to the BBC's published response is below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">BBC Distribution Policy</a></p> <p>A copy of techUK&rsquo;s response to the original consultation is attached to this report.&nbsp;</p> <p>For further information on techUK&rsquo;s work on this topic, and to get involved, please contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> New techUK Report on Reuse and Repair of Tech Goods Wed, 13 Jun 2018 06:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Tech sector sets out key opportunities to put ICT repair and reuse at the heart of the Government’s Waste and Resources Strategy <p>Calls to consider new incentives and VAT reductions for repair activities and to encourage take-up of innovative digital technologies that can support repair, are among the recommendations to Government in a new report from techUK, <em><a href="">Reuse, Repair, Remanufacture in the ICT Sector</a></em><em>. </em></p> <p>The report comes as the Government develops its Resources and Waste Strategy, a commitment outlined early this year in the Government&rsquo;s 25 Year Environment Plan.</p> <p>In the Plan, Government signalled its interest in products that last longer and have enhanced resource productivity.<br> techUK&rsquo;s report takes stock of the current landscape for ICT manufacturers. It focuses on efforts by the&nbsp;sector to make&nbsp;products more durable and to support reuse and repair activities. It also looks at remanufacturing products, where products are taken back from customers and are returned to as-good-as-new condition. In doing so, the report also sets out a number of policy recommendations to further support this activity.</p> <p>Among the recommendations, the report asks Government to:</p> <ul><li><strong>Place safety and quality at the heart of our flourishing professional repair sector</strong>, recognising increasing concerns about the availability of sub-standard and counterfeit spare parts and other elements used in combination with products that put consumers at risk.</li> <li><strong>Assess the case for introducing a VAT reduction on repair activities, as has recently been introduced in Sweden</strong>. Frequently, some of the costs associated with repair relate to the labour not spare parts. It may be that a reduced cost of labour could support greater levels of out-of-warranty repairs.</li> <li><strong>Provide consistent and clear advice to the public on the deletion of data on devices </strong>to encourage more reuse, repair and remanufacturing of devices, by avoiding the hoarding of electronics because of data security fears.</li> <li><strong>Research the use of 3D printing to generate simple spare parts. </strong>With some businesses already using this technology to generate spare parts for themselves, now is the time to explore how we might 3D print simple spare parts for consumer markets in the future.</li> </ul><p>The report also highlights the potential of new technologies, such as the Internet of Things, machine learning and 3D printing to prolong the life of products. The Government&rsquo;s recent review of industrial digitalisation <em>Made Smarter</em>, estimated that digital technologies have the potential to reduce resource costs by &pound;10 billion. An example can be found in predictive maintenance, powered by artificial intelligence, which can anticipate when a product is going to fail enabling its user to repair it in advance.</p> <p>Susanne Baker, Head of Environment and Compliance at techUK, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;We no longer operate in a market where electronic devices are used and disposed of in a short period of time. With the market for reused smartphones outperforming markets for new phones, it is clear that strategies to </em><em>support reuse - for example, using cloud </em><em>technology to free up memory and redesigning phones to avoid common sources of failures &ndash; is working.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;While there are still issues to address in the sector, it is notable that high-level manufacturing strategies are starting to align with circular economy goals and that companies are not only innovating to develop solutions to tackle barriers to repair but also exploring how they can maximise value at the end of life.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We urge the Government to harness this appetite for innovation, by supporting and trialling novel approaches, supporting the deployment of proven solutions and by thinking about how to make professional repair as cost effective as possible.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Supports Launch of THINGUIDE to Cyber Security for Business Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:56:48 +0100 CRM Sync The techUKI-supported THINGUIDE to Cyber Security for Business provides practical advice to business leaders who are looking to implement a cyber security strategy <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:530px; width:558px"></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt">techUK is pleased to be supporting a new publication; the THIN<strong>GUIDE</strong> to Cyber Security for Business. It&rsquo;s a pocket-sized reference book for non-technical senior managers that explains what they need to know and do about cyber security, rather than trying to explain what it is. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt">Avoiding the jargon our industry often uses, it gives senior business managers the insights and understanding necessary to participate meaningfully in important tech-related strategies and decisions.&nbsp; At techUK we hope that this THIN<strong>GUIDE</strong> will give you a frame of reference for our efforts to get non-technologists to understand cyber security</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt">Produced by THIN GUIDES Ltd. and supported by CGI, you can see the online version <a href=""><u>here</u></a> or alternatively pick up a physical copy at techUK&rsquo;s offices on your next visit.</span></p> Programme CORTISONE Procurement Announcement Wed, 23 May 2018 10:31:33 +0100 CRM Sync Programme CORTISONE Procurement Announcement Video - 17 May 2018 <p style="text-align:center"><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Above is the video recording of the Programme CORTISONE Procurement Announcement from the 17 May 2018.</p> <p>Message from ISS Programme CORTISONE team:</p> <p><strong><em>&ldquo;Dear Suppliers,</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Thanks for attending our Procurement Announcement Event. Attached is our High Level Design, on which we&rsquo;d like feedback by 5pm 5th June. Whilst we are interested in all feedback, we are particularly interested in answers to the following questions:</em></strong></p> <ol start="1"><li><strong><em>Is the target architecture achievable?</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Is the capability bundling realisable?</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Based on the information provided is there anything that would prevent you from bidding?</em></strong></li> </ol><p><strong><em>All responses should be sent to the ISS team <a href="">here</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Also if you have any further comments on the procurement announcement event itself, a digital version of the feedback form on the day <a href=""><u>can be found here</u></a>. Feedback will be used to inform the structure/content of future events.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Yours Sincerely,</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Mark Brownlee</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>CORTISONE Commercial Lead&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>Slides from the day as well as the High Level Design are attached below.</p> <p>If you have any queries, please contact Dan Patefield or Charlie Wyatt.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK draft response to BEIS Smart Appliance Consultation Tue, 22 May 2018 13:49:31 +0100 CRM Sync Input into our response to our draft smart appliance consultation response by 4 June <p>techUK are submitting a response to the <a href="">BEIS 'Proposals regarding smart appliance' consultation</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>BEIS are&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">currently consulting on proposals to set standards for smart appliances</a>&nbsp;to support the transition towards a smarter energy system through facilitating the adoption of consumer demand side response. The objective for setting standards (defined as principles, and associated functionalities which could be based technical standards) is to:</p> <ol><li>Provide certainty in the burgeoning smart appliance sector to support investment to develop smart appliances for the market, enabling electricity system benefits and consumer rewards;</li> <li>Ensure minimum standards of function of smart appliances to protect consumers and the system; and</li> <li>Enable the UK to be at the forefront of an emerging sector.</li> </ol><p>BEIS proposes to take primary powers, subject to Parliamentary time and approval, to mandate these standards for certain smart appliances:</p> <ul><li>Those which are communications enabled and able to modulate their electricity consumption in response to signals; and</li> <li>Those which offer the greatest opportunity for DSR (as outlined above: cold and wet appliances, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and battery storage).</li> </ul><p>The consultations outlines the key principles as interoperability, grid stability &amp; cyber security, and data privacy.</p> <p>Our response is broadly supportive of the 'Option D' preference for developing voluntary standards now whilst reserving the right to mandate standards later.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>We welcome members input into both the high-level proposals and specific actions outlined in the consultation</strong>, with tracked comments particularly appreciated. In order to allow us to collate, address comments and address any differences <strong>we ask for input no later than midday on 4 June.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Please send responses directly to <a href="">Matthew Evans</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK supports open banking consumer manifesto Wed, 02 May 2018 08:47:23 +0100 CRM Sync techUK adds its voice to calls to ensure open banking delivers better outcomes for consumers. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:328px; width:700px"></p> <p>Fintechs, banks,&nbsp;consumer organisations and regulators met at Level 39 in Canary Wharf&nbsp;yesterday to examine how open banking will address the needs and expectations of consumers.&nbsp;The event, organised with the&nbsp;<a href="">Finance Innovation Lab</a>,&nbsp;saw the launch of the <a href="">Consumer Manifesto for Open Banking</a>, presented by Faith Reynolds and developed with a wide range of consumer agencies and charities. It calls for open banking to be a 'force for good' which gives people real power to control their own data and which ensures security and reliability.</p> <p>Ruth Milligan, Head of Financial Services &amp; Payments at techUK, chaired a panel with representatives from the Banking Standards Board, the Money &amp; Mental Health Policy Institute and the Money Advice Liaison Group. The key messages emerging were that open banking holds great potential for customer good but that care must be taken to ensure solutions are inclusive and available to all consumers, whatever their circumstances.&nbsp;</p> <p>The fintechs present at the event described their own solutions and how they intend to meet the manifesto&nbsp;criteria and a further panel suggested that a 'code of conduct' governing the behaviour of players in the system would be a good way to engender consumer trust. Participants also agreed that consumers must have clear and effective mechanisms for redress if something goes wrong.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK respond to BBC Consultation on Distribution Policy Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:33:33 +0100 CRM Sync In response to the BBC's vision of a future IP only content distribution world, techUK has laid out the challenges faced by this approach and the requirements from the supply side in maintaining a strong viewer and listener first proposition. <p>The BBC launched 2 documents in February of this year. A Distribution Policy and Distribution Strategy. The BBC proposed to only consult on the Policy document.</p> <p>techUK have written a detailed response covering many issue faced by digital device manufacturers that serve the television and radio sectors. Members can download our consultation response from this link.</p> <p>Paul Hide, techUK commented. "Whilst we welcome the opportunity for dialogue and comment&nbsp;it is a mistake for the BBC to only consult on the Distribution Policy document and not to also consult on the Distribution Strategy document. Proposals contained within both documents are intrinsinctly linked and cannot be considered in isolation. Comments in our response span both BBC policy and strategy as we do not believe that they should or can be considered independently. techUK call upon the BBC to consult on both documents as part of this consultation and review. We believe that this is of such critical importance that techUK and its members cannot support the proposals in the BBC Distribution Consultation without a linked review of the Distribution Strategy document."</p> <p>For more infromation on our work with the BBC on behalf of members contact:</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK response to DCMS Secure by Design Project Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:21:20 +0100 CRM Sync Draft techUK response to DCMS Secure by Design IoT Project <p>techUK is submitting a response to <a href="">DCMS' Secure by Design consumer IoT Project</a>&nbsp;drawn from both IoT and Cyber Programmes.&nbsp;</p> <p>The response is based on our previous engagement with DCMS and following a conference call with members.&nbsp;</p> <p>We welcome further revisions to the response and ask for these by Close of Business on Thursday 19 April.</p> <p>Please send any comments through to<a href=""> Matthew Evans</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> New techUK Paper Sets Out What Tech Exporters Want From Brexit Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:14:45 +0100 Craig Melson(techUK) techUK launches new paper setting out what tech exporters want from Brexit <p>With Brexit negotiations back underway, techUK has published a new report on what tech exporters, particularly those in the Dual-Use, cyber and defence sector want to see when the UK leaves the EU.</p> <p>This paper, titled ‘<a href="images/what_tech_exporters_want_from_brexit_WEBSITE.pdf">What Tech Exporters Want From Brexit</a>’, outlines the steps the UK should take to ensure current trade is not disrupted, highlights the impact of uncertainty, how companies have already responded and complements an existing techUK paper ‘<a href="insights/news/item/10659-government-must-ensure-uk-tech-can-thrive-in-new-customs-arrangements">Leaving the Customs Union</a>’ which focuses specifically on the importance of securing a customs system in time for the day the UK leaves the EU.</p> <p>There has been positive progress on transition with a deal seemingly in place and the Articles on the continued flow of goods and conformity assessments are particularly welcome. But, there is still a lack of information on the future customs system and, with less than one year until exit day, this is a major concern.</p> <p>Members believe Brexit will disrupt trade and one of the main conclusions is to ensure this doesn’t happen. There are several case studies in the report, where businesses have had to move operations into the EU and we urge Government to be more open with business, so companies can have more confidence about the future relationship.</p> <p>From discussions it was also clear there are also opportunities from Brexit, especially in reforming the treatment of Dual-Use items and simplifying the overly complicated export licencing system for controlled items. The UK excels at innovative cyber, defence and Dual-Use products and techUK members in this area feel that that the UK regime is overly burdensome and inhibits export growth, something we can’t afford to do.</p> <p>The report further encourages Government to look at how other non-EU countries approach Dual-Use goods and highlights the need for a long-term vision for this sector, especially if the EU Dual-Use Regulation recast fails to pass in the next year.</p> <p>The report also makes suggestions around new and tech-led ‘Virtual Free Trade Zones’ that simplify customs clearances and help alleviate border crossing pressure. The recommendations in full are:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Ensure there are no new barriers in the movement of goods between the UK and the EU, nor an increase in base prices for products</strong>. This is key to maintaining UK competitiveness in the tech and digital sectors.</li> <li><strong>Transitional deal terms should be outlined by early 2018 and be results-driven and business ready</strong>. techUK believes this should have been at least two years and should follow a project management system with key milestones.</li> <li><strong>Reform export controls.</strong> The UK has taken the lead from Europe on a variety of export control policies and Brexit is an opportunity to reform, future-proof and simplify onerous export control regulations.</li> <li><strong>Consider other Dual-Use arrangements</strong>. The Dual-Use Regulation will not pass in time to be accounted for under the processes in the EU Withdrawal Bill, and the UK should set out a long-term strategy for promoting the exports of Dual-Use goods.</li> <li><strong>Consider Virtual Free Trade Zones</strong>. Using tech, Virtual Free Trade Zones can allow for smooth processing of goods and allow for frictionless trade.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Reform the customs system.</strong> Whilst the CHIEF – CDS transition is happening already, there is an opportunity to properly revise the whole suite of customs procedures.</li> <li><strong>Flexibility in the next stage of negotiations</strong>. Businesses need to know where the UK and EU will be flexible and to what extent to better justify investment decisions.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Data Centres and Environmental Permitting Regulations Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:35:25 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) Emma Fryer makes some observations on EPR and how they apply to large installations of emergency standby plant in data centres. <p>Please click below to download the report.&nbsp;</p> Why Returners Programmes are Good for Business Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) To celebrate the anniversary of techUK's Returners Hub, members of the Skills & Diversity Council share their experiences with Returners Programmes. <p>On International Women’s Day 2018, one year after the <a href="returners">techUK Returners Hub</a> was launched, members of the Skills &amp; Diversity Council share their experiences with Returners Programmes – their value to companies trying to address skills shortages and improve diversity; their economic impact; and the impact they’ve had on the individuals participating in them. To mark this day, techUK members produced a paper (download link at the bottom of the page) reporting on the success of the Returners’s Hub over the previous year.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="images/assets/iwd_570px_002.jpg" alt="iwd 570px 002" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Jen Rodvold, Head of Sustainability &amp; Social Value Services at Sopra Steria, who led the development of this paper said:</h3> <p>“The paper gives real-life examples from companies that offer opportunities to returners, from those just starting to those with well-established programmes. Participating Council members with Returners Programmes (or a commitment to hiring returners) report positive experiences and anticipate significant business benefits in the future. It is still early days for most of us, and many of us reported that we need to improve how we find and attract returners so we can continue to develop this talent source. Next, we’ll be looking into further developing the Returners Hub to ensure it is even more useful for companies, supporting organisations (like ELATT and the OU providing training), and returners themselves. So, watch this space and a special thanks to Accenture, CA Technology, CogecoPeer1, ELATT, FDM, Fujitsu and Sopra Steria for their contributions.”</p> <h3>Case Studies</h3> <p>The report contains two case studies with four real life examples of how returner’s programmes can have a dramatically positive impact on the lives of people returning from career breaks. The stories can be seen below.</p> <h3>Yesim Shenoy, Manager, FDM Group</h3> <p><img src="images/assets/Yesim.PNG" alt="Yesim" width="154" height="158" style="display: block; margin: 5px; float: left;" /></p> <p>“I took a career break to look after my growing family and then subsequently to care for my aging mother. In total, my career break lasted fifteen years.</p> <p>Anticipating that coming back to work would be difficult after this length of time, I chose to join a join FDM’s Returners programme as I realised the seven weeks of training it offered would give me the opportunity to refresh my skills and rebuild my confidence. The great thing about joining a returner programme is that you’re not in it on your own. Joining as part of a group, with the support of excellent trainers was really reassuring, and enabled me to adapt back into a business environment. For others thinking of returners programmes, I would encourage you to have an open mind in the first instance. You need to just do it, jump in and take yourself out of your comfort zone and work hard in order to get it back.”</p> <h3>Sheila Marriott, Business Change Project Manager, FDM Group</h3> <p><img src="images/assets/Sheila.PNG" alt="Sheila" width="169" height="190" style="margin: 5px; float: left;" /></p> <p>“After spending 2 years caring for my children and family I had not anticipated how challenging it would be to return to work; I felt like I was a small fish in a big ocean with no real idea what to do next or how to deal with the lack of support.</p> <p>FDM’s returners programme gave me the opportunity to re-train and restart my career, and provided the ongoing support and training once I started. Having been out of the working world for a while, I felt that I needed to have a strong support structure to help me get back into a career. The program has provided me with the knowledge, confidence and skills to believe in myself and deliver in my role. I would recommend to others that you don’t hesitate in applying, a returners programme is the starting point of you getting your career back on track.”</p> <h3>Janice Everitt, Accenture Break|Through participant</h3> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="images/assets/Janice.PNG" alt="Janice" width="183" height="195" style="margin: 5px; float: left;" />&nbsp;“I applied to a returners programme as I felt that it would be a much better fit for me following a six year career break than applying as an experienced hire. The Accenture programme was particularly appealing as it offers both the training opportunity to bring me back up to speed and the project opportunity to prove (to myself primarily) that I still have a valuable contribution to make.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">There have been many benefits of being part of the returners programme so far. The training we have received has been excellent both in terms of content and the knowledge of the faculty. Joining a project team and seeing how I can make a difference and add value has increased my confidence that I am indeed good enough to return to professional life, and last but by no means least, being part of a returners group has provided a fantastic support network in a very short space of time.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">My advice to anyone else considering a returners programme would simply be “Go for it!” Just because you have chosen to take a career break definitely doesn’t mean that you no longer have a valuable contribution to make. Don’t tell yourself you can’t do it – if you did it in the past then you can most definitely do it now (especially with the fantastic support provided on a programme like Break|Through).”</p> <h3>Anjali Khimasia, Accenture Break|Through participant</h3> <p><img src="images/assets/Anjali.PNG" alt="Anjali" width="194" height="229" style="margin: 5px; float: left;" /></p> <p>“I chose to apply to a returners programme to test out my ability to get back to being at the top of my game after taking time out to be with my kids. I felt that many of the general flexible/part-time roles advertised would not have challenged or excited me enough. I was also very keen to have some training and reassurance that the skills that I’d acquired over the years were still relevant and applicable NOW, despite the changing technological landscape.</p> <p>I feel excited about the technological revolution and my future career prospects, having had exposure to so many great minds at Accenture. I feel confident that I can add value and can make a positive contribution to projects and I’ve picked up lots of skills and knowledge from the intensive training we have been given. I’ve also met a lot of smart, approachable and lovely individuals. And I have a broader range of topics to take home and discuss with my children!</p> <p>My advice to anyone thinking about doing the same would be to take the plunge, go for it and embrace the opportunity. There’s little to lose and so much to gain. I am pleased that the climate is changing and that my kids (especially my daughter) will one day be able to take a career break and be welcomed back with open arms.”</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To see more posts like this, <a href="">please visit the campaign week landing page</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For press enquiries:</p> Check out latest techUK Data Protection Bill Briefing Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:38:54 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) techUK has updated its Data Protection Bill briefing ahead of the Bill's Second Reading in the House of Commons. <p>The Data Protection Bill will receive its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Monday 5 March 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Bill is an incredibly important piece of legislation, updating the UK's data protection framework in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and is a crucial part of preparing the UK for brexit negotiations and agreeing an adequacy agreement with the EU.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK has been following the Bill closely and you can download our latest briefing below.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like further information on techUK's work on Data Protection please contact Jeremy Lilley.&nbsp;</p> BBC Consult on Distribution Policy Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:11:41 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) The BBC has launched an 8 week consultation on the draft Policy for the distribution of its UK Public Services <p>The draft policy sets out how the BBC’s services are made available to watch, listen or use and includes a series of proposed conditions for distribution via third parties.</p> <p>Alongside the Distribution Policy, the BBC’s Charter &amp; Framework Agreement also requires the BBC to publish a Distribution Strategy. The Strategy sets out the BBC’s distribution objectives and has also been published today to give context to the draft Policy.</p> <p>Paul Hide, techUK, commented: "We requested an industry consultation as part of our response to Charter renewal in 2016. We welcome this review and will be working with members and the BBC to input industry requirements."</p> <p>The consultation will run for 8 weeks until Monday 9 April 2018.</p> <p>If you wish to get involved in techUK's work with the BBC on behalf of members, please contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>The full documentation can be accessed via the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Consultation Documents</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Respond to Ofcom Consultation on EPG Accessibility Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:03:00 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) This Ofcom consultation relates to EPG accessibility for users with visual impairments and impacts all device manufacturers in the TV/ PVR/ STB space. <p>This consultation seeks to implement changes to EPG displays to benefit users with visual impairments. Some of the proposed changes are available on selected devices today but are not standardised across all products. These changes will apply to EPGs that display Free-to-Air Public Service Broadcaster content, so will apply across DTT, Satellite and IP.</p> <p>The consultation refers to the previous consultation and changes proposed in this second consultation as a result of feedback from the previous consultation. In summary some of the main points are:</p> <p>1) Previously the proposed changes were focused only on multi-function receivers (e.g. PVRs), now they will apply to all devices that display EPGs (so 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, to secure so far as practical’ are required.&nbsp;<br />3) Changes will come into force when the final statement is published, so this suggests that manufacturers will be required to review/ act quickly on new devices, possibly in 2018.<br />4) The changes required include:<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>The change recommendations are designed to help visually impaired viewers use EPG’s with greater ease and be able to identify which programmes contain content support services that help visually impaired viewers.</p> <p>techUK have responded to this consultation on behalf of our device manufacturing members. A copy of our response can be downloaded by members below.</p> <p>Enquries should be directed to:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Modern Slavery Act: How is the Tech Sector Responding? Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0000 Craig Melson(techUK) A new techUK report outlines how the tech sector has responded to the Modern Slavery Act. <blockquote>A new techUK paper explores how tech firms are responding to rules on modern slavery and provides recommendations for Government to help improve business reporting.</blockquote> <p>A new report from techUK investigates current modern slavery reporting standards in the tech sector and makes recommendations for both businesses and Government to help improve the quality of reporting and further drive out modern slavery from tech supply chains.</p> <p>The 2015 Modern Slavery Act is one of the world’s first national laws for combatting modern slavery. Section 54 introduced a new requirement that all UK firms turning over £36 million publish a Modern Slavery Statement.</p> <p>In <a href="images/techUK_modern_slavery_act_FINAL.pdf">Modern Slavery Act: How has the Tech Sector Responded?</a>, techUK analyses a number of statements from tech companies. Overall there is a high level of compliance, but major variances in the quality and detail of reports. Several recommendations to improve the quality of reporting across the sector are made in the report, including:</p> <ul> <li>Metrics to illustrate progress and compliance.</li> <li>Examples and case studies of non-compliance and how these were resolved.</li> <li>Details of corporate governance structures and reporting methods, even if the company believes it is at a low risk.</li> <li>Details of whistleblowing mechanisms and how they have been used.</li> <li>Responsibilities that have been assigned to staff, directors and board members.</li> </ul> <p>Further recommendations are also made to Government to improve the reporting process, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Work with industry to set a reporting framework with sector specific-advice.</li> <li>Use insights from the UK’s global network of embassies to help companies identify credible NGOs to work with in-region.</li> <li>Create an FAQ on questions received from businesses in respect to MSA reporting.</li> <li>Engage with foreign governments and international fora (Commonwealth or G20) developing their own MSA type rules to align and seek equivalence in reporting requirements.</li> </ul> <p>Speaking about the report, Julian David, techUK CEO said:</p> <p><em>“The tech sector takes its role in combatting modern slavery very seriously and is keen to work with Government and other third-party organisations to do so. This is, however, a new area of reporting with little guidance on what “good” looks like. This techUK report is a first step in attempting to bridge the gap so that the sector can efficiently identify and enact positive change to stamp out any wrongdoing both within their business and across their supply chain."</em></p> <p>Andrew Wallis, CEO of Unseen, went on to say:</p> <p><em>“We very much welcome the lead that the tech sector is giving to tackling modern slavery. techUK’s report constructively highlights some of the innovative and positive responses by the tech sector. We particularly welcome the recognition for the need for real collaboration in tackling this complex issue. Unseen looks forward to further productive working with responsible businesses in the sector as we seek together to end modern slavery.”</em></p> <p>Moira Oliver, Head of Policy and Chief Counsel, Human/Digital Rights - BT Group Corporate Affairs, concluded:</p> <p><em>“Technology is a critical enabler in the global effort to eradicate modern slavery. It can help to protect the vulnerable from abuse, prevent crimes, pursue criminals and support care and remedy mechanisms for survivors. But it’s important that the technology sector collaborates not just on potential solutions but on reporting transparently the steps we’re taking.”</em></p> <p>For more information, please download the report below.</p> techUK Responds to Ofcom Fixed Wireless Spectrum Strategy Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:05:00 +0000 CRM Sync Ofcom consultation on proposed next steps to enable future uses of fixed wireless links <p>Ofcom&nbsp;previously&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">gathered information on how the uses of fixed wireless links could change over the next 5-10 years</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This recent document&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">summarises Ofcom's key findings and consults</a>&nbsp;on specific areas which focus on enabling ultra-high capacity wireless backhaul requirements for the future.</p> <p>techUK's&nbsp;response was developed through techUK's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Council</a>:</p> <p><em>"techUK members make extensive use of existing fixed links spectrum and are interested in how the regulation of bands in use today may change and in new spectrum bands that are not yet available.</em></p> <p><em>Many of our members with interests in fixed wireless links have participated in recent relevant debates within UK Spectrum Policy Forum, including workshops where issues concerning bands above 50GHz have been debated, and where flexible spectrum access requirements have been. This techUK response reflects many of the views and some conclusions from the Spectrum Policy Forum discussions."</em></p> <p>techUK's comments in response to the consultation questions are provided in the attached consultation response.</p> <hr><p>&nbsp;More information on techUK's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>&nbsp;is available.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Procuring the Smarter State Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:33:17 +0000 Simona Paliulyte(techUK) techUK outlines steps to promote public sector innovation in new report <blockquote>techUK has launched <span class="wf_file_text">Procuring </span><span class="wf_file_text">the </span><span class="wf_file_text">Smarter State: key steps to </span><span class="wf_file_text">promote innovation and</span><span class="wf_file_text"> </span><span class="wf_file_text">growth in the public </span><span class="wf_file_text">sector</span>.</blockquote> <p>This new report sets out how procurement can act as a tool for Government to deliver its ambitious vision for the future of public services and use public sector procurement to help foster innovation in the supplier community.</p> <p>Drawing on the findings from techUK’s<a href="civil-servants-survey"> Civil Servants Survey 2017</a>, and <a href="insights/opinions/item/12009-making-the-case-for-govtech-smes" target="_blank">GovTech SME Survey 2017</a>, the report identifies the key challenges and opportunities for Government as it seeks to build the Smarter State. Key recommendations include:</p> <p><strong>Use Procurement as a Tool to Deliver the Vision of Government Transformation</strong></p> <p>The use of the Digital Marketplace should be expanded by increasing the spend going through frameworks, and the number of non-Whitehall parts of the public sector using the system - with a focus on local authorities and Government agencies.</p> <p><strong>Take Advantage of the Opportunities Offered by the UK GovTech Market</strong></p> <p>One minister in every department should be given responsibility for tech and should champion driving consistent implementation of the Digital Strategy, as well as aligning with the Government Transformation Strategy. A key area of focus for these ministers should be the commitments relating to procurement and SMEs, and promoting the use of Contracts Finder to advertise opportunities.</p> <p><strong>Take a Strategic and Innovative Approach to Market Engagement</strong></p> <p>Central government departments should take a broader, transparent and strategic approach to communicating with the tech sector on planned procurement activity. This should include adopting a more proactive approach to engaging with prospective suppliers, publishing pipelines and emerging opportunities well in advance of procurement decisions.</p> <p><strong>Launching the report at the National Government ICT Conference Rob Driver, Head of Public Sector at techUK commented:</strong></p> <p><em>“The message of this report is simple - for the Government to deliver its transformation and growth commitments, it must make a step change in procurement in central government and the wider public sector. I look forward to working in partnership with Government to develop the next generation of public services, and to stimulate growth in the UK GovTech market.”</em></p> <p><strong>Niall Quinn, Procurement Director for Technology at the Crown Commercial Service commented:</strong></p> <p><em>“The UK benefits from one of the most vibrant and thriving tech ecosystems globally and the experience and innovation of the UK’s tech industry is a valuable resource for the public sector.”</em></p> <p><em>“The last decade has seen an increased understanding within government of the importance of driving digital transformation to deliver efficient, effective public services which meet the needs of citizens. As such this is an important report that should be considered as a platform for the whole of the public sector to engage with current and prospective ICT suppliers.”</em></p> BBC Release R&D Review Including Value Creation from Investment Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:49:11 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) The BBC have released findings into the results and value creation of their R&D activities over the previous charter period. <blockquote>As part of the BBC’s new Charter agreement with&nbsp;UK Government (2017) , they were required to undertake and publish a review of their Research &amp; Development (R&amp;D) activity.</blockquote> <p>The review is an&nbsp;assessment of the work that BBC R&amp;D has delivered over the last Charter period (2007 – 2016), including a cost-benefit analysis, a qualitative assessment of&nbsp;successes, and consideration of future objectives.</p> <p>The review concludes that BBC R&amp;D delivered significant value to the BBC, audiences, the creative community, the wider industry and the UK economy. Its cost-benefit analysis&nbsp;estimates that every pound spent by BBC R&amp;D delivered a return of £5 - £9 to the UK.</p> <p>This analysis takes a range of factors into consideration, including economic benefits and efficiencies delivered to the BBC, audiences benefitting from new or improved services, and other factors like patents and technology standards that benefit the industry and broader society.</p> <p>Full details and links to the papers can be accessed via the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">BBC R&amp;D Review Links</a></p> <p>techUK and the BBC have arranged for a member briefing on the review and it's impact on the commercial sector at techUK's Consumer Electronics Strategy and Technology Council on the 30th January. Matthew Postgate, BBC Main Board Director, will be attending to present the review.</p> <p>If you are a techUK member and would like to particpate in our partnership work with the BBC and find out more how we support our members in the Consumer Electronics and Broadcast sectors please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Report: What does the UK need to do to pursue its spectrum resilience objectives Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:44:28 +0000 Skye MacLeod (techUK) A white paper prepared by QinetiQ for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum <blockquote><a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMjE2NS1yZXBvcnQtd2hhdC1kb2VzLXRoZS11ay1uZWVkLXRvLWRvLXRvLXB1cnN1ZS1pdHMtc3BlY3RydW0tcmVzaWxpZW5jZS1vYmplY3RpdmVz" target="_blank"><img src="images/assets/White_Paper_image_-_what_does_the_UK_need_to_do_to_pursue_its_spectrum_resilience_objectives.JPG" alt="White Paper image - what does the UK need to do to pursue its spectrum resilience objectives" width="202" height="283" style="float: right;" /></a>This QinetiQ white paper for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum considers what the UK needs to do to pursue its spectrum resilience objectives.</blockquote> <p>Radio spectrum access is critical - it underpins the UK’s economy and provides significant social value through the range of applications it supports. It is, therefore, part of the UK’s (soft) infrastructure and the access to it should be resilient and appropriate spectrum protection measures should be implemented by businesses and users. It is UK Government policy to have resilience in its Critical National Infrastructure, however, as spectrum access is pervasive, there is also a need to ensure that other key systems and services, in an increasingly integrated and interdependent society, are resilient.</p> <p>This white paper, based on the outcomes of two UK Spectrum Policy Forum&nbsp; workshops (<a href="" target="_blank">1</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">2</a>), first outlines the broad need for resilient systems and provides two examples that illustrate the potential ripple or cascade effects that disruptive effects could cause. These demonstrate the need to conduct system level testing to ensure that unexpected (ripple or cascade) effects can be understood and mitigated.</p> <p>A <a href="events/meeting/item/12631-uk-spectrum-policy-forum-spectrum-resilience" target="_blank">further workshop on spectrum resilience</a>&nbsp;will be held on&nbsp;Thursday 03 May 2018 at techUK.&nbsp;</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 240 member organisations. A&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Steering Board</a> performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p> 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> 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> 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> 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 +0100 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 +0100 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 +0100 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 +0100 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> Consumer Electronics Council - Director's Report Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0100 Khawaib Ahmed (techUK) A copy of the Director's Report from our CE Council meeting held on 28th September. <p>A copy&nbsp;of the 'Consumer Electronics Council - Director's Report - September 2017'</p> <p>techUK members can download the&nbsp;report by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.</p> techUK Responds to Ofcom's Proposed Approach at 3.6-3.8 GHz Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:41:52 +0100 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 +0100 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>