Last month, our CEO Lloyd Felton spoke on a panel discussion: Strategies for connecting the unconnected at the annual Total Telecom’s Connected Britain conference, which this year, for the first time, was hosted completely virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
Connected Britain is the UK’s leading industry connectivity event, covering everything from full-fibre and 5G rollouts, the digital economy, smart cities, and digital inclusion among other current topics.
During the panel discussion, the interactive audience was keen to find out more about the ambitious plans as set out by the government, which aims to achieve a “gigabit Britain” by connecting 95% of the UK to gigabit capable broadband by 2025.
The panel contributors discussed the complexities and challenges this poses to telecommunications companies.
A particularly lively discussion point was centred around the Ofcom-led consultation of Area 3, which promotes alignment of fair competition and investment in fibre networks within certain areas of the UK.
As well as F20 or “final 20%”, which refers to BDUK’s Outside In programme, relating to the harder to reach, rural areas of the UK which are less likely to attract commercial investment.
Lloyd challenged that these two market areas do not completely align at this time, by definition. Area 3 is essentially about connecting the less competitive urban and commercial areas – but is actively allowing Openreach and BT to progress the connectivity rollout in these areas.
Whereas “F20 is all about connecting the unconnected,” Lloyd stated.
This was an exciting opportunity for County Broadband to get involved with both Total Telecoms and Connected Britain, whilst offering the chance to meet and connect virtually with those transforming UK connectivity, alongside other altnet whizzes, and national and local governments.
The conference featured more than 60 hours of curated content from over 250 telecoms innovators and disruptors, leading the wave of transformation – successfully bringing together the entire UK connectivity ecosystem to one virtual platform.