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Kip Meek NextGen 09


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Kip Meek, Chair Broadband Stakeholder Group discusses the Digital Britain Report - 6 months on at the NextGen 09 Conference in Leeds on 16 and 17 November 2009

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Kip Meek NextGen 09

  1. 1. Digital Britain – five months on Kip Meek, Chair, Broadband Stakeholder Group 17 th November 2009
  2. 2. General points <ul><li>Focus on entire value chain correct – joined up policy-making </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunate point in electoral cycle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smaller bill? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Issues need persistence </li></ul></ul>Content Creation Content Aggregation Physical Distribution of Content
  3. 3. Possible to be gloomy … <ul><li>‘ Known's’ </li></ul><ul><li>The UK has high broadband penetration but very little fibre (or next generation access – NGA) </li></ul><ul><li>There are some signs that the market is beginning to invest in NGA – BT’s and Virgin’s announcements </li></ul><ul><li>The competitive implications of the UK lagging in NGA deployment are unclear (as is the demand for NGA) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>could be severe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>could be immaterial </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The importance of universality of broadband and its relationships with speed is not understood; take-up a bigger immediate issue </li></ul><ul><li>Small steps to improve the operation of the market could be cumulatively important </li></ul><ul><li>Deployment of next generation mobile could be significant for UK competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Gloomy Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>If universality, then 2Mbs ok, but more work needed … </li></ul><ul><li>“ Final third” will be an issue, but why now? </li></ul><ul><li>No one in love with it </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to cast </li></ul><ul><li>BT anti, complicated by T-Mobile/Orange merger </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Britain Proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Universality at 2Mbs </li></ul><ul><li>“ Final third” Fund </li></ul><ul><li>50p levy </li></ul><ul><li>NDPG </li></ul><ul><li>Spectrum proposals </li></ul>
  4. 4. But let’s look on the bright side <ul><li>Something workable will emerge from “Final Third” fund and 50p levy </li></ul><ul><li>Universality at 2Mbps will be a step forward </li></ul><ul><li>Important to cast further light on analytic issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Universality vs. speed vs. take-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fixed vs. mobile </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spectrum policy important: good chance of making it happen </li></ul><ul><li>Many small steps are the solution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard interfaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Progressive regulatory certainty </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Right institutions are in place: NDPG, BSG, CBN, etc. </li></ul>