BSG Annual Conference – the Future of Digital Communications – Thursday 2 November 2017 #BSGComms17

BSG Annual Conference – the Future of Digital Communications – Thursday 2 November 2017 #BSGComms17

The Broadband Stakeholder Group is delighted to invite you to our free Annual Conference on Thursday 2 November 2017.

Kick-starting with a keynote speech from Minister for Digital Matt Hancock, the Conference will focus on the future of digital communications, both in terms of infrastructure deployment and take-up of services.

The deployment of superfast broadband infrastructure has increased coverage and capacity, as well as the proliferation of innovative services delivered to consumers, citizens and businesses. The BSG Conference “The Future of Digital Communications??? on 2 November will gather industry experts and commentators to explore major public and commercial initiatives towards the deployment of ultrafast networks across the UK. In particular, we will explore the link between adoption of existing infrastructure – upgrading for standard to super to ultrafast broadband – and investment in new networks.

We will also highlight the challenges in getting businesses and consumers getting on and doing more online to take advantages in the increases in bandwidth and coverage. This will include focuses on how to get more people and businesses online and increases their digital maturity.

The Conference is kindly sponsored by Analysys Mason.

Confirmed speakers include Clive Carter (Ofcom), Andy Edge (Ernst&Young), Matt Yardley (Analysys Mason), Alex Blowers (CityFibre), Richard Hooper and Matthew Evans (BSG), and speakers from USwitch,the Good Things Foundation and Openreach.

Registration is free and lunch will be provided.  Please email [email protected] with your name, position and organisation to secure your place.

The event will take place at techUK, 10 St Bride St, London EC4A 4AD on Thursday 2 November from 9.30am and end with a networking reception until 5pm.



9.45am – 10.15am Registration & Networking
10.15am – 10.30am Welcome –  Richard Hooper and Matthew Evans

Broadband Stakeholder Group

10.30am – 11.00am Keynote speech: Government’s ambitions for the UK Digital Infrastructure and ongoing initiatives

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister for Digital – DCMS

11.00am – 11.45am Where are we? The state of UK digital connectivity

Matt Yardley, Partner – Analysys Mason

11.45am – 1pm Panel 1: Incentivising ultrafast network deployment and take-up

Build and they will come? 

Chair: Richard Hooper, Chair – Broadband Stakeholder Group

Cliver Carter, Director of Strategy – Ofcom

Adrian Baschnonga, Assistant Director – E&Y

Alex Blowers, Head of Regulatory Affairs – CityFibre

Matthew Braovac, Director of Legal Consumer, Corporate and Competition – Sky

Dan Butler, Head of Public Affairs – Virgin Media

1pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 2.00pm Bridging the Digital Divide now and in the future

Fireside chat with Catherine Colloms, Director Corporate, Affairs – Openreach

2.00pm – 3.20pm Panel 2: The internet of everyone?

How to get businesses and people online?

What are the inhibitors?

What are the practical approaches to tackle barriers to take-up?


Adam Micklethwaite, Director of Digital Inclusion – Good Things Foundation

Richard Neudegg, Head of Regulation – uSwitch

Adrian Wooster, Head of Market Intelligence – Gigaclear

Graham Dunn, Senior Government Affairs Manager – Vodafone

3.20pm – 3.40pm Conclusions –  Matthew Evans  
3.40pm-5pm Networking refreshments