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Industry representatives to tell MPs what barriers remain to future-proofing our digital networks

18 September 2020

MPs hear from the mobile and broadband industries on what’s required to meet the Government’s ambition of nationwide gigabit-capable broadband by 2025 and 5G by 2027.

Purpose of the session

The first session of the inquiry into Broadband and the Road to 5G will focus on:

  • what more the Government needs to do to remove barriers to the roll-out of full-fibre and 5G infrastructure;
  • what policy and regulatory changes are needed to ensure these upgrades reach every corner of the UK in time;
  • the impact of the recent decision to exclude Huawei from the 5G network; and
  • long-standing issues of digital exclusion and underinvestment in rural areas.

The Committee heard evidence from Which? and the CBI on the importance of good-quality mobile and broadband connections for consumers and businesses, particularly during the Covid-19 outbreak, as part of a separate inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on DCMS sectors.


Thursday 24 September

From 14.30:

  • Malcolm Corbett, Chief Executive, Independent Networks Co-operative Association
  • Gareth Elliott, Head of Policy and Communications, Mobile UK
  • Andrew Glover, Chair, Internet Service Providers Association

Further information

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