Scotland Policy Conferences

Developing Scotland’s telecoms infrastructure: investment, regulation and meeting future needs

Morning, Tuesday, 2nd April 2019

Central Edinburgh

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine next steps for delivering telecoms infrastructure in Scotland.


Delegates will examine the latest thinking in tackling the challenges for delivering telecoms infrastructure to meet The Scottish Government’s Superfast Broadband for All target, including options for simplifying the planning process, the future for private investment, and the impact of the Government’s own investment commitments.


They will consider challenges for the ‘final 5%’, looking at next steps in meeting the needs of rural and remote communities following the Scottish Affairs Committee and Audit Scotland reports into what is needed to deliver 100% broadband coverage.


Attendees will also consider the future for regulating and setting the market conditions to support investment and the putting in place of infrastructure and services to best meet the demands of businesses and consumers, following the publication of the Ofcom Connected Nations 2018 Scotland Report.


The agenda looks at what will be needed from the telecoms industry and from policy to keep pace with the evolving needs of consumers, in the context of latest trends in service provision and technological innovation - including services for on-the-move customers on Scotland’s roads and rail network.


We also expect discussion on recommendations from the UK Government’s Telecoms Infrastructure Review - including supporting economic growth through developing full-fibre, 5G and improving speed, resilience and reliability.


Further sessions will consider how best the Scottish and UK governments can collaborate effectively to deliver on key policy aims.



Keynote Speakers

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands

Pete Wishart MP

Chair, House of Commons Scottish Affairs Select Committee

Keynote Speakers

Pete Wishart MP

Chair, House of Commons Scottish Affairs Select Committee

Fraser McKinlay

Controller of Audit & Director of Performance Audit and Best Value, Audit Scotland

Melissa Giordano

Deputy Director for Mobile Infrastructure & Spectrum, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofcom

Chair

Liam McArthur MSP

Deputy Convener, Cross-Party Group on Digital Participation

Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from Virgin Media

Brendan Dick

Chair, Openreach

Paul Morris

Head of Government Affairs and Sustainable Business, Vodafone

Matt Yardley

Partner, Analysys Mason