Accelerating UK Digital Infrastructure and Connectivity | IPT
Chair: Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Chair, Lords Built Environment & Chair, Internet, Communications & Technology APPG
Speaker: Mark Talbot, Director of Strategy and Special Projects, APWireless
Speaker: Richard Wainer, Director of Policy & Public Affairs, BT
Virtual Event


Tuesday 01 February 2022


This is an online event

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During lockdown, the UK relied on its digital infrastructure in order to sustain the economy by allowing many people to continue working from home and ensure the education of children. Major cities such as London benefit from higher levels of connectivity than the rest of the country. Subsequent research suggests that enhancing the UK’s digital infrastructure through heightened broadband speeds and better 5G connections could add £17bn to national output by 2024. The government is currently investing £1.7bn in improving broadband speeds. However, Britain is currently ranked 47th for internet speeds globally and over 79% of households are unable to access full-fibre connections. With fixed traffic set to double in the next two years, how can the UK ensure it doesn’t fall behind in the race for digital advancement?

This event will:

  • Consider how to improve connectivity and infrastructure across the UK
  • Explore how to help close the digital divide, including whether broadband could be considered as a fourth utility
  • Discuss the broader benefits that better connectivity and infrastructure could bring to the UK economy