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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.


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.


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.

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.

Community Fibre Adopt Simple £2 Policy on Out of Contract Price Rises

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London focused UK broadband ISP CommunityFibre, which has so far covered 500,000 premises in the city with their new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, has today adopted a new policy that will “implement a £2 out of contract price increase on all its broadband packages for new customers“. The move, which has already been implemented for existing […]

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 


This event is kindly sponsored by Fusion Fibre


Showcasing a Welsh developed 5G innovation for rural communities image

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.


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
Stephen Pegrum, Sorrento Networks
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)

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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

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