AI and the UK Telecoms sector : All you need to know

AI and the UK Telecoms sector

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AI and the UK Telecoms sector


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“AI and its relevance to the UK’s Digital connectivity. Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask”!

The venue for the event is Hill Dickinson LLP, The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose St, London EC2A 2EW. The start time is 2pm and we will close by 5.30pm. We will have a series of speakers who will also host some Q&A sessions. We also have break out rooms for our networking sessions which are a valuable part of the event.

The event is kindly being sponsored by ITS and hosted by Hill Dickinson.

Confirmed speakers so far are

Andrew Collinson and Charlotte Patrick from Connective Insight.

  • Where is the value of AI in telecoms?
  • What are the realities of GenAI today? Hype vs reality, realistic capabilities.
  • Where to start? Some basics on the key steps into AI.

Suzanne Greenhalgh from Google

  • Practical uses of AI to overcome challenges in the Telecoms sector. particularly for the smaller providers.
  • How to use AI to reduce cost, cope with changes in demand, and increase business growth.

Ruth Pickering from ITS

The audience is usually a mixture of industry leaders, political advisers, financial organisations, legal firms, small businesses consultants and technical experts. We strive to have political representation at all our meetings.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite and the link is below.

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A huge thank you to everyone that attended our event discussing the future of Investment in the UK’s digital infrastructure. Many exciting ideas and points of view shared by all of the speakers who generously gave their time; the UK’s digital future is looking bright.

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The future of Investment in the UK’s digital infrastructure to fuel growth and accelerate the path to net zero

The Future of Investment in the UKs Digital Infrastructure
The Future of Investment in the UKs Digital Infrastructure

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When – 23rd October 2023
Time – 18.30 – 22.00
Where – Terrace Pavilion, House of Commons, UK Parliament London SW1A 0AA

A landmark debate focusing on the future of Investment in the UK’s Digital Economy.

Tickets are going fast so please register to attend as soon as possible. Admission charges, where applicable, are purely to cover the costs of the event. Attendees from the public sector should contact christine@ukfcf.org.uk to obtain a free ticket.

The event is kindly hosted by the Rt. Hon. Mark Tami MP.

The debate will be opened by Sir Chris Bryant-Shadow Minister for Culture and Digital.

Panel members confirmed are;

  • Rob Kenny-Co- founder of Communication chambers
  • Schellion Horn-Grant Thornton- Partner, Co-head of Economic Consulting, Grant Thornton.
  • Richard Flint-Chief Strategy Officer at AllPoints Fibre
  • Paul Morris- Head of Government Affairs and Sustainable Business-Vodafone
  • Matt Hammond -Partner at Foresight Group.
  • Charles Cameron -Partner at Cameron Barney LLP.

The debate will focus on:

  • The Investor’s approach to opportunities in the current economic climate
  • The UK Government’s policy in tackling rural digital infrastructure
  • The Shadow Government’s digital infrastructure policy
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and consolidation within the Altnets

The evening will start with arrivals at 6.30pm. From 7.00 pm to 7.30 pm there will be a series of short speeches by keynote speakers from the Parliament. This will be followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A session util 9.30 pm. There will then be food and drinks and a networking opportunity for our guests. The event will conclude by 10.30 pm.

Formal invitations will be sent out to confirmed attendees just prior to the event. Entrance is strictly by invitation only.

The ticket price is purely to cover the costs of the event. The room capacity is limited , so please register to attend as early as possible.

Admission is free to Public Sector attendees. Please contact christine@ukfcf.org.uk to obtain a promo code to reveal these hidden tickets.

About UKFCF

The UK Fibre Connectivity Forum (“the Forum”) is an association of membership striving for digital connectivity across the whole of the UK. It is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers and relying on sponsorship to fund its activities.

The Forum is committed to working to support and advise policy makers to deliver policies that can create a fertile environment for the rapid growth of the UK’s digital economy.

Its mission is to be a vocal group, lobbying, influencing, and educating policy makers as to the most fair and efficient way to put an end to the digital divide.

Save the Date, Monday 23rd October

We have an exciting event happening on Monday 23rd October more details to follow

UKFCF Event: An appetite for investing in the UK’s digital infrastructure?

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When – 7th November 2022
Time – 1.00 – 5.00pm
Where – Grant Thornton, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG
Subject – “An appetite for investing in the UK’s digital infrastructure?”

How can Altnets unlock their investment potential? An interactive networking event with major investment firms and consultants.

We have invited investors, business consultants, and M&A advisers to give their view of the economic forecast for the industry and to look at how Altnets can break down barriers to access funding. This will be a very interactive session which will provide thought provoking debate and an overview of the process and parameters applied in the valuation of assets.

Speakers include:

Robert Kenny -“Prospects for alt-net consolidation”.

Rob Kenny is a founding member of Communications Chambers, a UK-based strategy and policy consultancy working in telecoms and media. His clients for telecoms projects have included Ofcom, the Australian Government, BT, Vodafone, Virgin Media, Sky, O2, KCOM, Gigaclear, Telstra, Google, Amazon, Netflix, the Broadband Stakeholder Group and many others. Rob acted as an advisor on broadband policy to Malcolm Turnbull, subsequently prime minister of Australia.

He previously headed strategy and/or M&A for Level 3, Reach and Hongkong Telecom. In those roles he conducted numerous multi-million- and billion-dollar negotiations with commercial entities and regulators. He has a degree in mathematics and management from Cambridge University.

Jonathan Dann-“Consolidation, if not, what next”?

Jonathan has spent four years at Greenhill & Co focussed on digital infrastructure globally. Before that he spent 20+ years in equity research at RBC, Barclays, JP Morgan-Bear Stearns and HSBC. He started his career in fund management at USS.

Hector Lloyd-“Present and expected trends in M&A and consolidation”.

Hector Lloyd, Director, is a member of the BlackRock Private Equity Partners (PEP) group within BlackRock Alternative Investors. Based in London, he is responsible for performing due diligence and monitoring private equity investments in Europe. Mr. Lloyd earned a BA degree from Trinity College Dublin.

Mark Smallwood-“The Top 5 questions you must answer before seeking Private Equity Investment”.

Over the last two decades, Mark has helped many companies achieve high growth and has coached more than 800 leaders to fulfil their full potential. This has also included developing ‘go to market’ strategies, growing customer numbers and helping his clients become more attractive to external investors. He will be sharing his insights with us.

Showcasing a Welsh Developed 5G Innovation for Rural Communities

Showcasing Welsh Developed 5G Innovation for Rural Communities
Showcasing Welsh Developed 5G Innovation for Rural Communities


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When – 5th September 2022
Time – 1.30 – 5.00pm
Where – Grant Thornton, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG
Subject – “Bangor University’s (DSP) centre is being funded £4.2m from Welsh Government to bring cost-effective 5G to rural areas.

About this event

The July meeting of the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum (UKFCF) 

The event is free to UKFCF paid members and to a limited number of public sector attendees.

This event is kindly hosted by Grant Thornton UK LLP 

www.grantthornton.co.uk

This event is kindly sponsored by Fusion Fibre

www.fusion-utilities.co.uk

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The Welsh Government are providing £4.2 million of funding to Bangor University’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Centre of Excellence to bring 5G broadband connections through fibre optic cables into harder to reach areas. The University is working with a consortium of companies to increase the capacity and enhance the sensing ability of fibre optic cables used to deliver faster and more reliable mobile broadband, and this will be trailed with more than 400 premises on Ynys Mon that do not have access to superfast broadband. The broadband delivery part of the project will last 18 months and will allow customers to be connected as soon as the first site is live and will continue through 2025. The project is also supported by Isle of Anglesey County Council and the North Wales Economic Ambition Board.

Agenda

1.30pm Registration and coffee
2pm Welcome from the chair of UKFCF
2.10pm Grant Thornton
2.20pm Fusion Fibre
2.30pm The Anglesey 5G EDC Broadband Project
with contributions from
Peter Curnow-Ford, Project Director
Vodafone-tbc
Stephen Pegrum, Sorrento Networks
Q&A
3.30pm break
3.45pm networking and refreshments
5pm meeting closes

Whether you’ve attended our previous events or you’re a complete newcomer, you are welcome to attend our event.
*Valid Eventbrite ticket required for entry*
Please note: the organisers retain the right to cancel tickets and provide refunds.
Venue: Grant Thornton, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2P 2YU (Sat Nav: EC2A 1AG)

Follow the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum
Follow us on Twitter @UKFCForum: http://bit.ly/2IBNm6h
Join the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum LinkedIn discussion group: http://bit.ly/2omVQF9

Further information about the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum

If you have any questions or haven’t previously attended UKFCF meetings and require additional information please email info@ukfcf.org.uk

– Inaugural meeting, September 13th 2017: http://bit.ly/2N87G3I

– November 27th 2017 meeting: http://bit.ly/2MBwv8O

– Parliamentary debating reception, March 21st 2018: http://bit.ly/2wtSLHT

– Fibre Systems magazine article: http://bit.ly/2ws5gmX

– Presentations & agenda, June 18th 2018 meeting: http://bit.ly/2wpVd1I

– Presentations & agenda, October 1st 2018 meeting: http://bit.ly/2Nmcdf2

– Presentations & agenda, February 4th 2019 meeting: https://bit.ly/2Sers17

– Presentations & agenda, June 3rd 2019 meeting: https://bit.ly/30lqoZh

– Presentations & agenda, September 16th 2019 meeting: https://bit.ly/2WybYnj

– Presentations & agenda, November 25th 2019 meeting: https://bit.ly/2NKbpUi

Showcasing a Welsh Developed 5G Innovation for Rural Communities

Showcasing Welsh Developed 5G Innovation for Rural Communities
Showcasing Welsh Developed 5G Innovation for Rural Communities


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When – 18th July
Time – 1.30 – 5.00pm
Where – Grant Thornton, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG
Subject – “Bangor University’s (DSP) centre is being funded £4.2m from Welsh Government to bring cost-effective 5G to rural areas.

About this event

The July meeting of the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum (UKFCF) 

The event is free to UKFCF paid members and to a limited number of public sector attendees.

This event is kindly hosted by Grant Thornton UK LLP 

www.grantthornton.co.uk

The Welsh Government are providing £4.2 million of funding to Bangor University’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Centre of Excellence to bring 5G broadband connections through fibre optic cables into harder to reach areas. The University is working with a consortium of companies to increase the capacity and enhance the sensing ability of fibre optic cables used to deliver faster and more reliable mobile broadband, and this will be trailed with more than 400 premises on Ynys Mon that do not have access to superfast broadband. The broadband delivery part of the project will last 18 months and will allow customers to be connected as soon as the first site is live and will continue through 2025. The project is also supported by Isle of Anglesey County Council and the North Wales Economic Ambition Board.

Agenda

1.30pm Registration and coffee
2pm Welcome from the chair of UKFCF
2.10pm Grant Thornton
2.20pm The Anglesey 5G EDC Broadband Project
with contributions from
Peter Curnow-Ford, Project Director
Vodafone-tbc
Stephen Pegrum, Sorrento Networks
Q&A
3.20pm break
3.30pm Jo Stevens-Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
Q& A
3.45pm networking and refreshments
5pm meeting closes

Whether you’ve attended our previous events or you’re a complete newcomer, you are welcome to attend our event.
*Valid Eventbrite ticket required for entry*
Please note: the organisers retain the right to cancel tickets and provide refunds.
Venue: Grant Thornton, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2P 2YU (Sat Nav: EC2A 1AG)

Follow the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum
Follow us on Twitter @UKFCForum: http://bit.ly/2IBNm6h
Join the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum LinkedIn discussion group: http://bit.ly/2omVQF9

Further information about the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum

If you have any questions or haven’t previously attended UKFCF meetings and require additional information please email info@ukfcf.org.uk

– Inaugural meeting, September 13th 2017: http://bit.ly/2N87G3I

– November 27th 2017 meeting: http://bit.ly/2MBwv8O

– Parliamentary debating reception, March 21st 2018: http://bit.ly/2wtSLHT

– Fibre Systems magazine article: http://bit.ly/2ws5gmX

– Presentations & agenda, June 18th 2018 meeting: http://bit.ly/2wpVd1I

– Presentations & agenda, October 1st 2018 meeting: http://bit.ly/2Nmcdf2

– Presentations & agenda, February 4th 2019 meeting: https://bit.ly/2Sers17

– Presentations & agenda, June 3rd 2019 meeting: https://bit.ly/30lqoZh

– Presentations & agenda, September 16th 2019 meeting: https://bit.ly/2WybYnj

– Presentations & agenda, November 25th 2019 meeting: https://bit.ly/2NKbpUi

FCS Comms Provider – Preparing for the All-IP Future – 25th November 2021


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When – 25th November
Time – 1.00 – 4.00pm
Where – Virtual Conference
Subject – “Preparing for the All-IP Future”

This year’s FCS Comms Provider is a ‘must attend’ event for our CP members who wish to understand more as they consider key aspects of the industry move towards an All-IP world and the impact on their own business model. The opportunity for members to hear from top-level speakers, providing real ‘big picture’ perspectives, is unique amongst trade bodies in the industry.

Our agenda is structured into the three sessions detailed below.

Regulatory Environment in the All IP World
The first section of our FCS Comms Provider event focuses on the Regulation and Legal environment in the new All-IP world.
There are many changes for Communication Providers such as the new EECC regulatory requirements, which include major changes to Fixed Voice and Broadband switching. There are still many unanswered questions, such as what will happen in the business market with regards to switching, now that Ofcom have announced the switching regulation change is for residential consumers only. This will still impact the business market, and resellers will need to understand those impacts. We will have speakers from Ofcom and the OTA discussing some of the key new regulations in this section of the event agenda.

We also have a new Telecoms Security Bill going through parliament,  which will impact our members and we have Will Jones from the DCMS discussing the bill and Danny Preiskel from Prieskels & Co to talk about the Legal impacts on our members.

Confirmed speakers:
• Brian Potterill and Elisa Pruvost, Ofcom  • William Jones, DCMS
• David Halliday, OTA2  • Danny Preiskel, Preiskel & Co


For more information on our speakers, please click here.
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All IP Building Blocks
The second section of our event agenda focusses on the infrastructure building blocks CPs will need to move to All-IP. We have presentations from Openreach, BT Enterprise, Gamma and DWS. This section will focus on what these operators are offering and what challenges they envisage in the move to all IP.

Confirmed speakers:
• James Lilley, Openreach  • Steve Blackshaw, BT Wholesale  • Lee Turner, Gamma
• Alex Mawson, DWS  • Matt Walker, City Fibre


For more information on our speakers, please click here.
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The All IP Future
The final section of our event agenda explores a strategic view of the future of the All-IP world and key aspects that members need to consider.

We will examine our FCS All-IP ‘White Paper’ and discuss the different ideas around numbering/porting and switching, together with the key governance requirements. We have strategic presentations from OTA2, VX Fiber and Cartesian as well as FCS leads.

Confirmed speakers:
• Richard Watts, VX Fiber  • Dave Dadds and Martyn King, FCS  • Michael Dargue, Cartesian


For more information on our speakers, please click here.

The event will run from 1pm – 4pm  |  This event is FREE to attend

UKFCF – Gigabit Event – 15th November 2021


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The UKFCF is excited for its first face-to-face event of 2021

When – Monday 15th November
Time – 1.30pm
Where – Grant Thornton, Finsbury Square
Subject – “Project Gigabit”

The UKFCF is back with its first face-to-face event of 2021, discussing the subject “Project Gigabit” at Grant Thornton on Monday 15th November, starting 1.30pm.

Join others in discussing the massive £5bn “Project Gigabit” government scheme that saw phase 1 start earlier this year. You can start the discussion now online via #UKFCF15

We have an exciting range of speakers from both the public and private sector together with an excellent opportunity for networking to round off the afternoon.

The event will be hosted by Grant Thornton and places are very limited, making early booking essential.

Once all of the details are finalised, places can be reserved through Eventbrite and price of admittance is £25 per person.

A representative from each individual public sector organisation will have free admission.

Speakers are tbc

ℹ If you have any questions we’d be happy to help answer them
.e info@ukfcf.org.uk

🙏 Share your plans to attend using hashtag #UKFCF15

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