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CW Talk: Solving rural connectivity: regulation or innovation?

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The second of our CW Talks will examine whether technology can now bridge the “digital divide” given the tough economic realities of providing coverage to rural areas and asks the question “Do rural communities need something more radical? What new players may have a solution?”

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Currently broadband mobile coverage in many rural areas in the UK is still woefully inadequate.  Most villages nowadays have their share of home workers and commuting professionals, all of whom need and should have excellent broadband to their homes.  This is finally being addressed through rollout of “super fast” DSL and fibre to the home, though many rural areas remain to be upgraded.  But broadband mobile coverage in the countryside lags far behind.  It’s a real headache for many that so far technology has failed to cure. Surely in this day and age it should be possible for everyone to have the same service or will rural areas just have to continue to suffer?  How would that affect the feasibility of autonomous vehicles on rural roads?  How could farmers reap the productivity benefits of 5G when there’s no coverage?

The second of our CW Talks will examine whether technology can now bridge the “digital divide” given the tough economic realities of providing coverage to rural areas and asks the question “Do rural communities need something more radical? What new players may have a solution?”

Is regulation the answer?  Should Ofcom impose coverage obligations on the MNOs to fix rural issues? Or should Government give local communities the tools to do it themselves, or provide subsidies to existing or new carriers?

Will 5G technology solve the problem?  Or will it, like its predecessors, fail to deliver to rural areas?

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CW Founder Member 3 3 - Guests must be accompanied by a Founder Member
CW Associate Member 1 -


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UK5G is the new national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK.

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Hosted by Digital Catapult

Digital Catapult works with SMEs to help them grow and scale faster. It helps larger corporates in their digital transformation. It does this through programmes of collaboration and open innovation, by bringing academic leading edge expertise into the mix combined with the organisation’s own business and technological expertise.

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16:30

Registration

17:00

Introduction to CW Talks from Robert Driver, CEO, Cambridge Wireless (CW)

17:05

Welcome from event host: Dritan Kaleshi, Lead Technologist – Future Networks, Digital Catapult

17:10

Welcome from William Webb, CEO of Weightless SIG

17:15

Mansoor Hanif, UK5G Advisory Board Member

17:45

Richard Feasey, Independent Consultant and Director at Fronfraith Ltd.

18:15

Open forum

18:50

Wrap-up

19:00

End of session followed by networking and refreshments

20:00

Event closes

Speakers

Richard Feasey

Richard is currently a Panel Member at the UK's Competition and Markets Authority and advises a number of public and private sector organisations. He was formerly a special adviser to the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee  and is currently an adviser to the National Infrastructure Commission. He is a Research Fellow at the Centre on Regulation in Europe and lectures from time to time at University College, Kings College London and the Judge Business School. Richard had a 25 year career in the telecommunications industry and was Director of Policy at Vodafone plc between 2001 and 2014, where he was responsible for Vodafone's engagement with competition and regulatory authorities across Vodafone's global footprint

Mansoor Hanif - UK5G Advisory Board Member, UK5G

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Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Road, London NW1 2RA

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