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Author Topic: Local Policy Changes Needed to Boost 5G and Full Fibre in UK Cities  (Read 385 times)


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The Centre for Cities think tank, which is supported by O2, has published a new report that recommends what cities across the United Kingdom need to do in order to facilitate the rollout of next generation “full fibre” (FTTP/H) ultrafast broadband ISP technologies and future 5G Mobile networks.

    Key Recommendations

    Making the most of existing digital connections:

    * The Government should deliver on its promise to devolve responsibility for the Adult Skills Budget to cities. This would give places more resources to help residents acquire the digital skills needed to take advantage of jobs resulting from digital connectivity. It will also ensure that firms can access the workers they need to capitalise on these developments.

    * Cities should embrace the opportunities that existing digital technology offers to better manage services. For example, Salford City Council has adopted a ‘digital first’ customer strategy, making it easier for residents to interact with the council on public services, and upskilling staff to use digital technology. Other cities should also consider how they can use digital connections to innovate and transform public services.

    Delivering new digital infrastructure in the coming years:

    * The Government’s new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) should require all new housing developments to include provision of high quality digital infrastructure – mobile and fixed. This will reduce disruptions, costs and delays to the delivery of new digital connections. Cities should also integrate plans for full fibre and 5G into future public realm developments.

    * National leaders should review the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) after 12 months, to ensure it does not deter investment in digital infrastructure. The ECC was introduced by the Government last year to cut costs and delays in new digital infrastructure, but has reduced cooperation between landowners and mobile operators. The Government should ensure these issues do not hamper ongoing delivery of 4G and rollout of 5G in UK cities.

Delivering Change report - pdf
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