21st Century connectivity: lessons for the UK

I’m on my way to London to speak at an event entitled 21st Century connectivity: lessons for the UK next Thursday. The event is organized by Reform and Sky and is billed as follows:

Thursday 12 November 2015
09.00 – 12.30
Altitude, Millbank Tower, 30 Millbank  

How the UK achieves world-leading digital infrastructure is hotly debated.

Ofcom has launched a once in a decade review of digital communications. Government is helping to deliver super-fast coverage (with an ambition for ultra-fast). Internet providers are rolling out the latest technologies to consumers. The Treasury’s productivity plan and Spending Review framework highlight digital technology as one of the key themes of public service reform in this Parliament.

But how ambitious should we be? Is the UK attractive to international investors and innovative companies with new technologies? Is our communications infrastructure up to global standards? What can we learn from other markets, from institutional investors and from those who have delivered world-leading connectivity elsewhere?

Reform, in partnership with Sky, invites you to a unique policy summit to discuss how we ensure the UK has a world-leading digital economy for the next decade and beyond.

Through three panels and a keynote speech, domestic and international experts will set out how we can deliver the digital infrastructure needed for efficient public services, a productive economy and a stronger society.

Lunch will be provided after the summit. Please register your interest at events@reform.co.uk. Attendance will be confirmed by email.

The list of speakers (myself excluded of course) is frankly amazing:

  • Matt Houlihan, Head of Government Affairs, UK&I, Cisco
  • Dr Peter Cochrane OBE, Cochrane Associates
  • Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy, British Chambers of Commerce
  • Dana Tobak, Managing Director, Hyperoptic
  • Vanessa Oakley, General Counsel, Chorus, New Zealand
  • Per-Olof Gustafsson, Deputy CEO, Stokab, Sweden
  • Benoit Felten, Diffraction Analysis
  • Jonathan Ford, Chief Leader Writer at the Financial Times
  • Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Adviser to the Mayor of London
  • Robert Wall, Senior Principal, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Nick Delfas, Redburn Analysts
  • Andrew Griffith, Group CFO, Sky

The event is free to attend, so if the topic is of interest, don't hesitate!