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Can we switch off copper? - Infrastructure, investment and competition

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATIONS
UK CHAPTER EVENT
MONDAY 27TH APRIL 2015, 1600 START

HOSTED BY OFCOM
RIVERSIDE HOUSE, 2A RIVERSIDE BRIDGE, LONDON SE1

Convergence is no longer a buzzword but a reality. 5G is the new erm... 4G. And whether in the broadcasting, telecom or IT and internet fields, we are increasingly operating in an IP world. Yet in many countries, including developed markets like the UK, we seeconcurrent networks, with copper coexisting alongside IP infrastructure, and little sign of this changing anytime soon.

Meanwhile, communications markets continue to pose real challenges for policy makers and legislators. The 'patent wars' between equipment manufacturers continue apace. Competition investigations in the telecoms sector into alleged abuse of dominance are rife all over the world. Vertical as well as horizontal competition challenges abound, including from increasing consolidation. In the US, the FCC has recently announced far-reaching net neutrality rules, closely watched by the EU, which is about to enter the final leg of negotiations on the very same topic, to enshrine net neutrality in EU law. And just beyond the horizon, we are all waiting to see what could emerge in a new 'Digital Single Market' plan promised by the European Commission.

Against this background, the IIC has been honoured to benefit from the perspectives of FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, EC DG CONNECT Deputy-Director General Roberto Viola and Steve Unger, Chief Technology Officer, Ofcom. Chaired by Tim Cowen, Partner, Preiskel & Co, they shared their thoughts on the future, including:

- Whether the current regulatory paradigm, based on the sense that sustainable competition and efficient investment are mutually reinforcing, is under threat?

- The perennial arguments about the need to increase investment in networks

- Switching off copper - or not.

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