techUK initial response to Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) today announced the publication of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review, which addresses key questions that could affect the development of the UK’s digital infrastructure such as the convergence between fixed and mobile technologies, the roll out of 5G and the transition from copper to full fibre networks to ensure world class connectivity.

The review is set out in 5 sections that presents the evidence that DCMS have considered, the analysis and the conclusions:

  • Section 1 discusses the governments ambitions and the introduction into the FTIR report;
  • Section 2 discusses the full fibre market and sets out the policies and market conditions that are required to underpin investment to achieve Government targets;
  • Section 3 discusses the 5G market and sets out the policies and market conditions required to underpin investment in 5G networks and services;
  • Section 4 discusses convergence in fixed and mobile markets, and how policies will seek to unlock the benefits of convergence;
  • Section 5 sets out the next steps to deliver world class digital connectivity for the whole of the UK.

Skye MacLeod, techUK's Head of Spectrum Policy Forum and Telecoms commented: "A strong digital infrastructure is essential to enabling citizens and businesses the connectivity needed to take advantage of the digital world. techUK therefore welcomes the launch of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR) in engaging with the market and policy conditions that will have an impact on the development of the UK’s digital infrastructure. The FTIR sets out ambitious targets for fibre and 5G networks - key to this will be in reducing deployment costs through consideration of ducts and pole access, multi-utility passive sharing opportunities for fixed and mobile, and alternative networks. These policy and regulatory approaches are important in enabling greater investment in future telecoms infrastructure.

The Spectrum Policy Forum, supported by techUK, is a pro-active industry-led 'sounding board' to UK Government and Ofcom on future policy and approaches on spectrum. The SPF is currently discussing the impact of new services and technologies, spectrum access and sharing mechanisms, and spectrum value and efficiency. With workshops and reports in development on these issues, the SPF looks forward to providing DCMS with the cross-industry insight to enhance the social and economic value of spectrum in the UK.

techUK’s Communications Infrastructure Council looks forward to working with DCMS through forums such as the Local Connectivity Group to provide industry insight in enabling greater connectivity across the UK and ensuring the UK’s global competitiveness."

You can find out more on the techUK's Communications Infrastructure Council and the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and how to get involved in our work. 

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