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EURIM Communications Group discussion meeting
Using Market Forces to ensure the UK
has a World Class Communications Infrastructure,
including the best Broadband in Europe

Monday 28 February 2011, 5.30-7pm

Discussion Chaired by

Malcolm Harbour MEP: Director of EURIM & Chair of the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

and introduced by

Gabrielle Gauthey: Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Alcatel-Lucent.  View Gabrielle's Presentation

Gabrielle used to be responsible for funding municipal NGA for the French government (before she joined the council of the French regulator). Of course this was in the era when there was a drive for copper based competition (eg LLU) rather than fibre, and so the costs were much lower. But since a third of French exchanges were unbundled by local authorities, Gabrielle has a lot of experience that is relevant to current UK ambitions.  View Gabrielle's biog here.

Government policy is to have the best broadband in Europe but what does that mean?

What is the rest of Europe doing?

The EU has set a target that all citizens should have 30Mbps by 2020, with 50% of the population having 100Mbps by this time.

What have the other member states already achieved and what are their forward plans?

On 31st January we made available a draft paper by Bob Franklin on "Making Broadband Investment Markets Work", summarising the state of UK "landline markets" and asked for expressions of interest in helping review and extend the draft to cover mobile and satellite and the actions necessary to make investment in the UK infrastructure attractive to fund managers who have a choice of where (UK, EU, Africa, America, Asia) as well as how they wish to invest.

By the end of the discussion on 28th February we hope to have identified the topics that the follow up study should address, the participants whose views are needed and the audiences who need to be convinced to take the actions necessary.

Refreshments will be served.

Please e-mail eurim@eurim.org by Tuesday 22 February 2011 with job title and organisation details to go on the security list and receive venue details.

Please also email eurim@eurim.org if you have comments on the draft paper and/or would like an invitation to take part in the follow up study.

 

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