The lack of universal superfast broadband, particularly in rural areas, is creating a two-tier economy which only serves to marginalise those communities, businesses and individuals struggling to get fast and reliable connectivity to the Internet. The UK needs to prioritise and move much faster towards deploying universal superfast broadband for all if we intend to reap the […]
As Martha Lane Fox, the UK’s Digital Champion makes her maiden speech in the House of Lords about digital inclusion and the economic benefits of having Internet access, one village in Yorkshire is fighting to get next generation broadband. E RADAR’s Will Roebuck sets out the case for Shepley Broadband. Shepley will always be a special […]
Hence my modest suggestion that part of the memorial to Mrs Thatcher should be to mandate the regulators who lost their way under New Labour to stop trying to micro-manage markets and technologies and focus on restoring competition to the industries she privatised.
In the 18th and 19th Centuries Birmingham, particularly Digbeth and the Jewelry Quarter, was at the heart of the UK’s communications infrastructure, from canals through to railways to the ports of Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle and Southampton as well as to London. The failure of BT and Virgin to give them similar global connectivity today is bad enough, to prevent others from doing so is …..
The Government is proposing changes to siting requirements for broadband cabinets and overhead lines to facilitate the deployment of superfast broadband networks across the UK. In a consultation published today, the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) is proposing that for five years, broadband street cabinets and new poles can be installed under permitted […]
Thailand auctioned 45 MHz of 2.1 GHz spectrum on 16 October 2012 to the three incumbent mobile operators AIS, DTAC and True. Despite expectations that the auction could be delayed the auction went ahead as planned, although it is reported that the Thai auction and … Continue reading →
Several important broadband players face a difficult choice, particularly those who are less interested in meeting nominal targets for 2015 and whether BT has an unfair advantage, than in stimulating and rewarding investment in the world class resilient, reliable utility networks that will underpin the world of the 21st century.
The UK is better placed than most of the rest of Europe for a market-driven, investment led, infrastructure revolution. But are ministers more concerned to protect current incumbents than to set them free to compete against world class players? And which policy is more likely to not only give Britain the best Broadband in Europe by 2015 but ensure that is maintained as we move towards the infrastructures needed for smart cities and the Internet of Things?
Local Government’s attempts to respond to a 28% cut in funding are gathering pace ; pooling residual in-house expertise rather than hiring in consultants with no experience of delivering value for money in a public sector environment.
Regular blog readers will be familiar with the long-running saga of the UK 4G auctions. (If you are looking for a speed read, these Ofcom media briefing slides give a rose-tinted view of the current status). On Tuesday this week Ofcom published a … Continue reading →