With increased connectivity challenges in rural areas, delegates will examine the latest thinking in tackling the challenges for delivering telecoms infrastructure, to meet the Scottish and UK Government’s shared objective of providing broadband coverage to the ‘final 5%’ in rural areas.
As the UK Government consults on the new strategic priorities set out for Ofcom to support improved coverage, investment and a better deal for consumers and as the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland conducts a Call for Evidence on Scotland’s infrastructure priorities for the future, attendees will consider issues raised by the Scottish Affairs Committee and the Audit Scotland report
s into what is needed to deliver 100% broadband coverage.
This includes calls for greater cross-government collaboration in the UK and Scottish Governments and aligning regulatory frameworks set by Government to local market conditions.
Further sessions will examine the potential use of funding available to businesses and local government through the Gigabit Voucher Scheme and the establishment of a Barrier Busting Task Force by the UK Government in their Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review.
Delegates will also look at the future for commercial investment in strategic infrastructure deployment in fibre broadband and to develop 5G networks - taking into account The Scottish Government’s 4G Infill Programme and recently-announced forthcoming 5G Strategy - as well as the impact of The Scottish Government’s £600m investment to deliver superfast broadband connectivity by 2021 and the UK Government’s UK-wide £1.1 billion digital connectivity package in Scotland.
The agenda looks at the future for regulating and setting the market conditions to support investment and the putting in place infrastructure and services to best meet the demands of businesses and consumers.
Sessions will discuss what will be needed from the telecoms industry and from policy to keep pace with the evolving needs of consumers particularly those in rural areas - taking into account competition issues and regulatory frameworks, and in the context of latest trends in service provision and technological innovation - including services for on-the-move customers.
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