The last day of Connected Britain 2020 arrived and the last sessions too and although having a different format this year, for sure it will be kept in our minds. Today sessions counted with the macroeconomics of 5G roll out and the aim of thriving in the digitalization of infrastructures, ending with the famous Connected Britaind Awards.
Government’s Ambition in the leadership of 5G
UK doesn’t want to repeat the experience of 4G, where they were slower on its developments and that is why, this time, the British country aims to to be a global leader in 5G.
According to Matthew Howett, Founder and Principal Analyst from Assembly Research, being at the forefront of 5G will bring benefits like the maximization of productivity and efficiency, it will also attarct inward investment and will help to achieve high-quality coverage for where people live, work, and travel by 2025 and for the majority of the population, by 2027.
However, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport predicts a delay of 36 months due to the decision of banning Huawei. A decision that will have a potential cost of £18.2bn in the economy.
Connected Infrastructure wants more than coping
Although the pressure of the pandemics forcing the delivery of higher levels of connectivity in record time, telcos were in line with the needs but to achieve a whole new level, there is a lot to do according to the panelists of the “Building digitally connected infrastructure in the UK” session.
Vicky Read, the Head of Policy and Public Affairs at CityFibre, says that coping isn’t where they want to be – “We want to be thriving“ and claims that achieving full fiber by 2025 is not about speed but about reliability.
One more time in the British virtual fair, all panelists agreed that collaboration between stakeholders is needed to achieve the connectivity goals.
Connected Britain Awards
The last day of Connected Britain also counted with the Connected Britain Awards where several companies and initiatives were awarded:
- The 5G Initiative Award – Cisco 5G RuralFirst project
- The Barrier Removal Award – Newcastle City Council
- The Commercial Connectivity Project of the Year – Pangea Connected
- The Community Improvement Award – St. Mungo’s
- The Consumer Connectivity Project of the Year – Hyperoptic
- Digital Council of the Year – Norfolk County Council
- Digital Skills Award, sponsored by Capita – Dorset Council’s Developing Digital Skills & Awareness Project
- Smart City Initiative – Newcastle City Council and Urban Foresight
- SME Service Provider of the Year – Glide
- The IoT Award – Pangea Connected
Source: Total Telecom
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