Government review to assess how policy could guide telecoms market into ultrafast future

Written by Sam Trendall on 1 December 2017 in News
News

DCMS-led initiative to examine how policy and market conditions could ensure UK has world-class digital connectivity

 

A review has been launched to ascertain “what policy changes government should consider to encourage greater investment in new digital infrastructure”.

The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review will be undertaken by a cross-government team, led by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Its aim is to examine how the government can create the right market conditions and policy frameworks to ensure the UK has “world-class digital connectivity that is ultrafast, reliable, long-lasting and widely available to UK homes and businesses”.

The review, which will publish a report in “summer 2018”, has identified three key areas it intends to assess.


Related content


The first is “the barriers to investment in digital infrastructure”, including cost, demand, regulation, and the structure of the market. The second area the review will examine is “how investment incentives vary between different areas of the UK and across different parts of the telecoms market”. 

The final area is the impact of policy, with a focus on how government could potentially increase competition, stimulate investment, and possibly even intervene directly in the market.

Digital minister Matt Hancock said: “Government has already committed more than £1bn to supporting a business case for investment in full fibre and 5G networks through investment programmes and initiatives like our Barrier Busting Task Force. We’d like to build on what has been achieved so far, by removing future barriers before they arise, and ensuring that market and policy conditions are as good as they can be to maximise investment in new technologies.”

 

About the author

Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology

Share this page

Tags

Categories

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS

Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

CCS to launch Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 this summer
23 March 2018

After G-Cloud 10 launch was brought forward, procurement agency confirms agile development framework will follow suit

Drones and the city of the future
15 March 2018

Nesta’s Flying High Challenge is working with five UK cities to explore the use of drones in the delivery of public services. PublicTechnology talks to programme manager Nishita...

Southend looks to smart-city future
13 March 2018

Borough council looks to start process with three-month consultancy to develop strategy

Related Sponsored Articles

What opportunities do next generation technologies present to organisations?
17 April 2018

BT brought together CIOs from well known organisations to identify the key threats and opportunities that new technologies are presenting

‘My work now is more independent' - Q&A with BT's Nick Hartley
3 April 2018

Hartley was a senior officer in the RAF and now works in cyber security for BT. Ahead of the BT Cyber Security Careers Insight, the Officers' Association asked him to...

Hollywood can teach us a lot about technology
26 March 2018

BT's Andy Rowland on technological risk, and how the systems fundamental to modern life are under attack