Communications Group discussion meeting
Using Market Forces to ensure the UK
has a World Class Communications Infrastructure,
including the best Broadband in Europe
February 2011, 5.30-7pm
Discussion Chaired by
Malcolm Harbour MEP:
of EURIM & Chair of the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and
and introduced by
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
Government policy is to have the best broadband in
Europe but what does that mean?
What is the
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.
will be served.
by Tuesday 22 February 2011 with job
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email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have comments
on the draft paper and/or would like an invitation to take part in the follow up
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