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Drawing Conclusions at #INCAftth

Moving into the final plenary – here’s the liveblog

Alternative Funding Mechanisms – at the FTTH Council / INCA workshop

Moving back into Plenary to look at funding issues. Here’s the liveblog:

FTTH Council / INCA UK Workshop

As part of the first FTTH Council Europe Council conference in the UK, FTTH Council and INCA – the Independent Networks Cooperative Association are collaborating on this workshop on the UK scene.

Here’s a quick audioboo overview of the Opening Plenary session:

Some views from Malcom Corbett of INCA:

And here’s the liveblog made during the session:

NextGen12 – 8 October 2012

NextGen12

Towards the digital economy

Storified by Brian_Condon · Tue, Oct 09 2012 01:39:22

This is a Storify around the NextGen 12 Conference in The City of Westminster, London. I’m chairing the conference and will also try to keep content moving into the Storify.
Lorne Mitchell tells a story (an allegory) at #nextgen12 twitpic.com/b27o8kBrian_Condon
I am at #NextGen12 today. Looking forward to Chairing a session on broadband policy. Good line up over the next 2 days!
Listening to a fireside story from @lornemitchell at #nextgen12
Listening to a story from Lorne Mitchell at #NextGen12. Hilarious.
#nextgen12 Find 10 of Spades, 5 of Spades, 2 of Spades, Queen of Hearts, Queen of Diamonds, Ace of Clubs and the Joker to win today’s prize!
Peter Cochrane on stage at #NextGen12 pic.twitter.com/reW5W86bB4theRuralSouth
Listening to Peter Cochrane OBE talk bandwidth and the future of data demand #NextGen12
Peter is going for the bigger picture and looking at what it means for the way we produce products and services. 3D printing is about shipping designs not shipping products.
#NextGen12. Peter Cochrane. Stellar show: take-away-"without hi-speed intelligence, we`re dead". Build better future bottom-up.
#NextGen12. PeterCochrane. next tech hot-spot= intersection of nano_AI+IT+Bio…
At NextGen conf, Prof Peter Cochrane -time to wake-up + stop sweating the small stuff, gear-shift thinking + change is needed #NextGen12
#NextGen12. PeterCochrane. User-Generated Design+ 3-D print= `Open Hardware`…
Peter Cochrane makes a good point re the west stumbling into the future with no plan. At #NextGen12
#NextGen12. PeterCochrane. Europe is (unlike Asia) on a random walk into the future. we can have vision, mission, plan too!
The need to stop talking and start doing driven home at #NextGen12. How did we end up with the mess that is BDUK?
RT @paulinerigby: RT @paulinerigby: Broadband: never have so many talked so long with so little effect – to paraphrase @PeterCochrane @ #nextgen12
RT @hugopickering: RT @hugopickering: Peter Cochrane makes a good point re the west stumbling into the future with no plan. At #NextGen12
@hugopickering #NextGen12 there is a plan, peter doesn’t like it, which is his right
"Fibre to home is futureproof and as much funding as possible should be devoted to it," says Karin Ahl of FTTH Council Europe #NextGen12
@Watchingtheflow Your plan Bill. Patching up the old phone network to protect your investment is Not Good Plan #nextgen12 #da12bb
#nextgen12 ‘Big plan is to cover the whole area’ Karin Ali. This means fibre, not copper phone lines. Say no to #fttc stopgaps.
"For every 1,000 new FTTH end users 80 new jobs are created," says Karin Ahl of FTTH Council Europe #NextGen12
Live blog #NextGen12 here http://t.co/TXI2tDIw
FT reports that DG Comp is ready to approve BDUK State Aid. Maybe @eurohumph will give an update at #nextgen12. Who blinked?
NextGen Events :: NextGen 12 – 8 & 9 October 2012 :: Live webcast from NextGen 12The UK’s independent focus for next generation broadband transformation as an essential foundation for economic growth, innovation and easier development.
#nextgen12 Prysmian’s Richard Thomas says biggest consumer of optical fiber is mobile not access – China Mobile doing fibre to the antenna.
Richard Thomas Prysmian Group presentation available for download #NextGen12 http://t.co/kqTjduTU + live http://t.co/m3zBluvo
Peter Cochrane said "stop talking and start building"; hearing from Richard Thomas, Prysmian about project in Almond in Scotland #NextGen12
RT @helenmilner: RT @helenmilner: Liv Garfield up now at #nextgen12 RT @finalninth: @nextgen12 The Queen of Hearts is on!
Liv Garfield up now at #nextgen12 RT @finalninth: @nextgen12 The Queen of Hearts is on!
RT @cyberdoyle: RT @cyberdoyle: Fibre on demand to rural areas not available. cos we aint got cabinets. so we stay on dial up? #nextgen12
Liv Garfield says no one needs more than 24 MB – can’t generate more than that from a family #nextgen12 twitpic.com/b29n7mBrian_Condon
BT are hiring former forces personel in Open Reach #NextGen12
Good! Liv Garfield says fibre in the great is no good unless people use it – growth for businesses and for communities #NextGen12 #BT
@brian_condon Please could she tell my kids that? #nextgen12
@ClaireatWaves she said that they can’t re-create or simulate the conditions or uses more than total of 24mbps per household. #NextGen12
Liv Garfield says BT is the only global company who is able to physically and commercially deliver fibre #NextGen12
@helenmilner Liv is a great speaker, but she believes the hype. Copper is not the future. #nextgen12
:) thx to @kat_braybrooke @brian_condon & #nextgen12 audience for great discussion re importance of digital inclusion & transparency. @OKFN
Really enjoyed the @kat_braybrooke and @helenmilner discussion at #NextGen12 – some delegates looked a bit scared I thought! :)
It’s ok though, we’re now back on more comfortable ground talking cloud and wireless infrastructure. #nextgen12
Nicholas James talking about mobile broadband for tenants – as the best solution #NextGen12 #digihousing
RT @kat_braybrooke: RT @kat_braybrooke: for more info re: the apps I referenced in #nextgen12 #digitalinclusion panel just now, links: @OKFN @openspending @ …
@danielheery sits in the balcony #nextgen12 under a sign that says ‘unfading splendour’ ! pic.twitter.com/9cVinY4kBrian_Condon
A lovely symmetry talking about future tech in beautiful old building MT @brian_condon: ‘unfading splendour’ pic.twitter.com/GKV0eIw8 #NextGen12helen milner
#nextgen12 The Joker in the pack which looks like a Brussels Sprout (with his rules on State Aid) continue to dominate the debate!
@brian_condon is sitting under banner "true light" exactly what his insightful chairing deliver ing at #nextgen12 pic.twitter.com/ayQsf7T3danielheery
@sivangr @openspending @schoolofdata i was mentioning apps + initiatives by @okfn that promote digital inclusion + literacy at #nextgen12 ;)
@hokulele glad you enjoyed – was interesting (& important!) discussion. would like to hear more about your work! cc @helenmilner #nextgen12
RT @kat_braybrooke: I was mentioning apps + initiatives by @OKFN that promote digital inclusion + literacy at #nextgen12 ;) (@SchoolofData)
Then we split into 2 sessions running in parallel
"From Oxford Tweet to Leicester Share" session kicking off at #NextGen12 – all about how Westminster worked with O2 on free WiFi
O2 wifi in Westminster biggest outdoor free wifi in Europe #nextgen12
#nextgen12 Listening to Wesminster City Council and O2 talk about their WiFi project @ruckuswireless
There’s quite a bit of Tweeting from the rural broadband session
Scream if you want to go faster – rural broadband workshop streaming live from 4.30pm at join in at http://t.co/j5kdeg4y #nextgen12
#nextgen12 standing room only in Cambrian rural broadband break-out!
Joker Brussels Sprout thinking on Fixed Wireless networks being discussed at #nextgen12 rural broadband break-out
Licenced or Unlicenced for fixed wireless rural networks? That is the question at #nextgen12 breakout on rural broadband.
Fixed wireless quite capable of providing 35Mbps NGA with 40 years mean time before failure at #nextgen12 breakout on rural broadband
Hearing about allpay (wireless broadband) on the church towers in #Herefordshire at #NextGen12 How is it being used?
Church of England enlightened by supporting wireless schemes in from churches in Herefordshire, Norfolk & Kent! Elegant circle at #nextgen12
No whisky yet from Daniel Heery championing #fieryspirits at #nextgen12.
@danielheery outlining challenges for rural broadband schemes: weather, powercuts, coordination, & finance are some at #nextgen12
@danielheery outlining challenges for rural broadband schemes: weather, powercuts, coordination, & finance are some at #nextgen12
Knave of Diamonds all over the place at #nextgen12. The rise and rise of community "fiery spirits" very exciting at #nextgen12 !!
Real worries on risk of bankrolling schemes when Wildcard Hearts go and trump your local scheme at #nextgen12

‘Negotiating the Maze – State Aid & Next Generation Broadband’

Understanding and Debating the Issues – an INCA Seminar

The Programme is in four sections:
1) The European Dimension
The first session on the agenda focuses on the European dimension, Europe’s ambitions, the 2020 targets, the new draft State Aid Guidelines, CEF, different models for deployment and what we need to do in the UK and Europe to achieve the targets. The speakers contributing in this session include Hervé Dupuy, European Commission, Tony Shortall of Telage and Chris Holden of Corning and the FTTH Council Europe.
2) State Aid in the UK
The second section deals with practical experience from the UK in both urban and rural projects, plus some of the higher level issues about where we are going with the BDUK process. In this session we will hear from David Cullen, INCA Board and former CEO of NYnet, Raj Mack, Head of Digital Birmingham which has recently gained approval for their Ultrafast project and Dave Carter, Chair of INCA and Head of Manchester Digital Development Agency.
3) State Aid & the Private Sector
In the third session we will hear from two key private sector players – Mark Collins, of City Fibre Holdings and Nick James of UK Broadband giving their perspective on how private investment and state aid can best work together with FTTH and Wireless networks.
Also Felipe Florez Duncan from Oxera Consulting, who will speak about the economic aspects of state aid. Oxera produced the widely respected report ‘How A Co-investment Model Could Boost Investments in NGA Networks’, published by Vodafone.
4) State Aid Compliance & the New Draft Guidelines
The final session includes Duncan Gillespie of DLA Piper who will explain some of the key issues in project design, with Louise Lancaster, INCA’s Policy & Regulatory advisor, who has analysed the new draft State Aid guidelines from a UK, non-incumbent perspective.

Here’s the Full Agenda:

INCA State Aid Seminar Programme

And here’s the liveblog where I’ll be making notes and collecting Tweets by participants and others.

NextGen12 – Southwest and Bristol

Southwest and Bristol NextGen12

Smarter Connections

Storified by Brian_Condon · Tue, Jul 24 2012 01:42:27

At Bristol – great place and getting ready for #nextgen12 twitpic.com/a8k8m4Brian_Condon
Here’s the Agenda:
NextGen Events :: Bristol – 17 July :: AgendaThe UK’s independent focus for next generation broadband transformation as an essential foundation for economic growth, innovation and easier development.
The Lord Mayor of Bristol is now welcoming us #NextGen12 pic.twitter.com/aNwfoLDxKarin Ahl
RT @ireneclng: Nemode has a new flyer! #nextgen12 pic.twitter.com/fa74EWaqLuciano Batista
RT @UofEBusiness: We’re jointly hosting a digital roadshow in Bristol with @EventsNextGen on 17 July http://t.co/YWCi1ETp #NextGen12 @rsmaull
The use and experience of what we bought was what made us happy – it was the experience of what we bought that gave us the outcomes we sought. Value is more than an exchange – it’s being co-created. Through ‘use’ in context.
In the past, the only way to use something was to own it.
Ownership used to be the way to gain value – but digitisation changes that #nextgen12 Irene Ng twitpic.com/a8kr65Brian_Condon
Digital world allows us to consider the value of usage as distict from ownership, the immediacy of service on demand @ireneclng #NextGen12
@ireneclng at # nextgen12 talking about new contexts for value in #digitalbritain twitpic.com/a8ks2lBrian_Condon
Let’s see what #NextGen12 got up it’s sleeve. Fibre to the Brits?
@ireneclng at #nextgen12 digitisation = collapse of ‘buy’ & ‘use’ into same space. Don’t need to ‘own’ to use eg spotify youtube
Digital world allows us to consider the value of usage as distict from ownership, the immediacy of service on demand @ireneclng #NextGen12
@ireneclng #nextgen12 digitisation has created an exponential demand for use
The new battleground is context argues Irene – and this needs to be thought of in terms of what is available at the time.
@ireneclng Digitisation creates explosion of demand & use. But only small amount can be captured commercially. Context is key. #nextgen12
Context drives value – and competency is an avatar of value – @ireneclng at #nextgen12 twitpic.com/a8ktmfBrian_Condon
Abundance of revenues in service; it’s the ability of objects in context that drive value. Things that are trying to serve contexts better – will deliver value in future markets.
@ireneclng wealth generation of the future is not products in a supermarket, but in ‘context’ of product or service #nextgen12
#NextGen12 Keynote Prof Irene Ng – Professor of Marketing and Service Systems at WMG, University of Warwick, Love her presentation!
"Digitisation + data is the new oil. Context is the new oil field" argues @ireneclng at #nextgen12 twitpic.com/a8kvhpBrian_Condon
Contextual invariances and looking at “messy” [ie realistic] contexts.
Dealing with "messy" contexts where everything is connected – new resources are created. #nextgen12 @ireneclng twitpic.com/a8kwq9Brian_Condon
From contextual mess to contextual modularity.
Placing the Internet of Things in context by @ireneclng twitpic.com/a8kxyrBrian_Condon
There’s a land grab for ‘drilling’ in context.
RT @drgeep: @brian_condon @ireneclng – its good stuff. Context is all. Most people will nod but won’t get it. The message needs reinforc …
Stephen Hilton – Super-Connected Cities Why Bother
Cities are about producing collisions – collisions between businesses and users, councils and their customers. Got interested in connectivity and got outside the Council House – based at the Watershed for Connecting Bristol.
Stephen Hilton on Superconnected Cities at #nextgen12 twitpic.com/a8l06pBrian_Condon
Bristol has 90m automated readings from Council buildings alone each year. Data volumes will explode when everything is connected. Steve says we need applications and interfaces to make send of this.
"Symmetrical connectivity needs to become the norm for our businesses" #nextgen12 says Stephen Hilton of Bristol Futures
Transformational infrastructure in Bristol by Steve Hilton twitpic.com/a8l1ixBrian_Condon
Existing cooperative approach to PSN – linking infrastructures.
@StephenHilton Challenge: telco industry mindset splits work & entertainment, but we use connectivity interchangeably. #nextgen12
@StephenHilton Companies like Aardman with army of freelancers, large files in cloud, can’t get the connectivity they need #nextgen12
Stephen Hilton talks about Bristol city council existing connectivity – wifi, public sector network #nextgen12
NextGen Events :: Bristol – 17 July :: PresentationsEvents Register now for free to receive our newsletter. About us NG Events Ltd produces unique, high quality conferences, events and study tours including – now in its 5th year – the NextGen programme of events. NG Events Ltd is directed by Marit Hendriks and Andrew Macdonald. Events
@StephenHilton Urban BB Fund bid, Gigabit Bristol showcase for SMEs and consumers. They’re coming so we need to build it #nextgen12
Gigabit Bristol picking up that symmetrical essential to business #impressive #nextgen12 #digitalbritain twitpic.com/a8l2vw via @TwitPicPete Woolaghan
Project structure for Gigabit Bristol from Steve Hilton #nextgen12 twitpic.com/a8l3usBrian_Condon
Innovation comes from the collisions and clashes between people from different communities – and disciplines. And we get to talk to businesses in new ways and to experiment – it’s not just about procurement it’s -about. Wider context.
Superconnected cities – why bother? Stephen Hilton’s wisdom. #nextgen12 twitpic.com/a8l614Brian_Condon
Adam Ashenden – Prysmian Group Fibre to the Home from Start to Finish
Adam Ashenden from Prydmian talks about a real project in Almond, Scotland #nextgen12 twitpic.com/a8l71pBrian_Condon
Adam uses practical experience on projects to talk about how these technologies can be deployed – using existing infrastructure to help to reduce costs. Scaling up the network but with reduced size components. Adam says that there are lots of technologies available – and it’s important to understand how they all fit together; and for those involved in projects – whether from local authorities or local communities to have a grasp of how the networks are built. You may want local people involved in digging trenches and providing other access to infrastructure.
Adam ashenden of prysmian talking abt latest on cable & fibre-tackling last mile of connectivity thru coproducing-cheaper! #NextGen12
RT @rsmaull: #nextgen12, co-creating a network, dig your own hole in the garden.
@brian_condon Ppl don’t realise the connectedness is to enable simplicity & creativity. Like sewers enabled liveable 19C cities. #nextgen12
@Acuity_Design yes – wise and we need to remember that I agree! #NextGen12
Superfast Cornwall
Listening to Julian (Cornwall Dev company) and (BT) on http://t.co/iNykv8ZA #NextGen12
BT announce deal with North Yorkshire for superfast broadband #bduk #nextgen12
Ramulf Scarborough announces that BT are partnering with N Yorks with BDUK money #nextgen12 twitpic.com/a8lfheBrian_Condon
Ranulf Scarbrough BT announces 70 million partnership between North Yorkshire and BT @BDUK @Watchingtheflow #NextGen12 Bristol
£132m partnership of BT, EU, Cornwall council fm sep 2010, 5yrs, 4000 new jobs #NextGen12 http://t.co/iNykv8ZA
Internet revolution under way in rural Yorkshire with £70m deal – Main Section – Yorkshire PostA COMMUNICATIONS revolution will be launched in North Yorkshire today as the council unveils details of its much-vaunted plan to bring high-speed internet connections to every home and business in England’s most rural county.
Interesting to hear about the tension between raising awareness and managing expectations for the Superfast Cornwall project #NextGen12
Julian Cowans from the Superfast Cornwall project speaks about the importance of digital inclusion #nextgen12 twitpic.com/a8lhj9Brian_Condon
Evaluating the impact is an important work stream it’s – about new jobs and GVA developed.
Karin Ahl President Fibre to the Home Council Europe
Karin Ahl argues that FTTH is the way ahead and their case studies show that #nextgen12 twitpic.com/a8lwleBrian_Condon
NextGen watching #nextgen12 when current gen talks. @KarinAhl pic.twitter.com/Qlaj3LAOTobias Ahl
Karin shows the statistics for the EU
@KarinAhl talks abt global panorama for FTTH #NextGen12 pic.twitter.com/ipKis0yVIrene Ng
FTTH Council EU looking to understand why take-up much lower in EU than CIS countries #nextgen12 twitpic.com/a8ly1qBrian_Condon
FTTH council Europe wants to see every household in Europe connected to broadband by 2020 #NextGen12
@brian_condon A: because the incumbent is dead set on leaching remaining assets from old phone networks in EU? #da12bb #nextgen12
@brian_condon B: because the telecom lobby has completely hoodwinked funders and policy makers #da12bb #nextgen12
@brian_condon but perhaps the FTTH council EU knows all this and is going to expose it all? #nextgen12
Weird that fibre to the home is being assumed as only broadband future at #NextGen12 Absent q of what value it actually brings to an econ.
@samkinsley -it is the FTTH Council Europe slot :). We’re hearing about Wireless Cities later. Panel debate next. Ask a q? #NextGen12
@samkinsley prob the answer to why fibre penetration is lower in western Europe #whattodowithlegacy #NextGen12
@KarinAhl Why do we need #ftth? 1 New services eg tele-health need greater reliabiity. 2 ISPs can offer more services, ARPU #nextgen12
Panel Discussion
Panel discussion on challenges and benefits from digital developments #NextGen12 pic.twitter.com/C0KUEhXYIrene Ng
I moderated this panel and had no ‘clockcycles’ left for blogging or tweeting. So thanks to everyone for keeping the tweets going.
Discussn on access & inclusion in digital spaces. Availability does not mean access. Relevance as well. Shift 4 public services #NextGen12
Are we worried about the control or regulation of content and Internet – yes #NextGen12 #FTTH #unbundle #innovation
Data creation will change. <- yes. Don’t just assume the big data is the right data #NextGen12
@john_hunt mentioning health care and need for change in this type of service #NextGen12
Integration of services – is not just software and apps but also with the widgets – we now just use phone/computer/TV #NextGen12
How to include ppl who do not want to use technology, when they are the ones that cd be best served by it #NextGen12
RT @KarinAhl: FTTH does not exclude Fibre to other premises #NextGen12 #FTTH
If ppl had more ownershp of data they gener8, how wd they do thngs differtly. <- why ppl r not ‘things’ in #IoT #peoplearebetter #NextGen12
Just finished moderating a panel debate- thanks to everyone for the questions and discussion #nextgen12
RT @EventsNextGen: Ben Shrive UK Broadband now speaking #NextGen12 Bristol – download his presentation here http://t.co/MGEw5VgN
UK Broadband build a network for Swindon @Swindonnews #NextGen12 in Bristol
If ppl had more ownershp of data they gener8, how wd they do thngs differtly. <- why ppl r not ‘things’ in #IoT #peoplearebetter #NextGen12

Public Sector Network GB – a dis-invitation

I’ve just been sent an e-mail dis-inviting me from the PSNGB meeting in Leeds.

Bit of a shame given that I’d received a confirmation and bought my rail tickets on the strength of that confirmation to travel from Kent to Leeds.

I’ve advised a number of local authorities and others on digital infrastructure and public service transformation – Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Leicester.  I work with communities on Next Generation Access and chair the NextGen series of events.

I was planning to liveblog/tweet the event in Leeds for nothing because I think that the PSNGB stuff should be visible – it’s important to all of us.

Anyone else been treated like this?

Here’s the confirmation

Here’s the e-mail:

 

Dear Industry Colleague

Thank you for your application to attend the PSNGB Roadshow event on 10th or 12th July. Unfortunately demand for places has greatly exceeded supply and we have to prioritise public sector requests followed by PSNGB members, where only one place is available per member organisation. Therefore I am very sorry but on this occasion we are unable to offer you a place.
However I would like to extend an invitation to attend a future PSNGB meeting as a guest if your organisation is not already a member. These meetings provide members with the opportunity to participate in the debate around the rapidly evolving PSN market place, to network with other suppliers and to understand how we are developing key areas of the relationship with the PSN Authority and the other public sector stakeholders.

NextGen Roadshow Milton Keynes

NextGen Milton Keynes

Transformational Infrastructure. A liveblog – with text from David Brunnen and Brian Condon together with conversations and comments from the #nextgen12 Twitter hashtag.

Storified by Brian_Condon · Wed, Jun 06 2012 10:39:37

Participants gather for NextGen Roadshow Milton Keynes to discuss superfast broadband #nextgen12 #digitalbritain twitpic.com/9qvkttBrian_Condon
At MKStadium for #nextgen12 seeing lots of old friends #digitalbritain
Councillor David Hopkins talks about the strategic location of Milton Keynes and the importance of getting very high speed broadband.
Cllr Hopkins #NextGen12 – Milton Keynes is the fastest growing location in the country
David Hopkins talks about the importance of the Internet of Things to the future of Milton Keynes’ economy #nextgen12 twitpic.com/9qvoujBrian_Condon
David Hopkins is giving an overview of how important digital networks are to the businesses of the region – citing great examples like the Red Bull F1 racing team and the nearby Silverstone race track.

He is quoting Cisco research on the expected growth of broadband demand and the need for high capacity links.

He says that in spite of national doom and gloom on the economic front he says that in Milton Keynes they are experiencing rapid growth and much of that is critically based on the digital infrastructure.

The 2020 vision for Milton Keynes is a fundamental part of their thinking.
David Hopkins highlights 20 key trends that MK is very focused on. #nextgen12 twitpic.com/9qvqivBrian_Condon

The Benefits of Fit-For-Purpose Broadband

Crister Mattsson from Sweden is on stage and giving results from his latest research. His analysis shows how growth of GDP is intrinsically linked to high quality broadband infrastructure. The Swedish government’s plan – an information society for all – was based around principles that can easily be translated to the UK environment.
Christer Mattsson uses developments in Sweden to highlight the issues facing all of us in Europe. He particularly focuses on the need to encourage incumbents to invest. There are 100 new service providers in Sweden.
In Sweden 200 municipalities are building their own networks 87% public ownership #nextgen12 twitpic.com/9qvsz9Brian_Condon
Christer says that these new networks enable new services that have an effect on society.
87% of Swedish networks are owned by the public sector – Mattson #NextGen12
With FTTH 20% work from home; with copper it’s only 5% says Christer Mattsson at #nextgen12 #digitalbritain
But the benefits are not just economic – his studies for the Swedish government have also shown the positive impacts on society at larges and the efficiency of public sector services. Open Access – the view from Sweden is that unbundling is not enough – all levels of provision need to be separated with utility network access being considered and regulated in different ways to competitive services.

Crister highlights a distinction between the former incumber telco’s and new communications providers – the latter often locally based. 200 out of 297 municipalities are building their own networks and majority owned by the public sector – and making money – a process which keeps local taxes down! He also cites the plentiful availability of dark fibre – enabling businesses to create their own private networks. He has just commented on the ‘uncultured values’ that justify the investment and help develop new models for investment for high-speed access. The new services that did not exist before are an indication of the boost to innovation and inward investment to rural and less-favoured areas. He describes a virtuous circle of investment engendering new growth and improvements in the quality of life. he cites savings made by city of Stockholm – savings that have lowered taxes and, at the same time, improved the quality of life and public services delivery.

Crister Mattson #NextGen12 explaining the Swedish Market Landscape for Next Generation build
Fibre users are happier than copper users – it’s true! – Mattson #NextGen12
#nextgen12 Crister Mattsson: "take the initiative with infrastructure" certainly will! #digitalbritain

Delivering Next Generation Broadband to Accelerate Growth

Dr Ann Limb OBE DL now speaking – from Sweden to SEMLEP #NextGen12
She confesses to being technologically inexpert but has a very clear view of the outcomes and benefits of better broadband.  Ann has in fact a great track record in previous government initiatives over the past decade – LearnDirect and YouGov. 

The failure, she says, was that we neglected investment in the infrastructure and we now need to play ‘catch-up’ to accelerate growth.

. @AnnLimb agrees with Christer Mattsson that the UK isPlaying Catch Up in digital infrastructure #nextgen12 twitpic.com/9qvxnjBrian_Condon
The role of the digital natives and the importance to the education of our children is at the heart of the future Internet says Dr Ann Limb – she agrees with Christer Mattsson that more pressure should have been put on incumbents to invest in infrastructure.
Superfast broadband – everyone wants it – Ann Limb #NextGen12
The region has particularly strong digital needs with a diversity of environments of city and rural areas.  Key objective is accelerating growth through digital investment and the SEMLEP has a champion appointed to make sure that faster and higher quality infrastructure will be increased – with a focus on businesses, rural areas and disadvantaged/excluded groups within society.
#NextGen12 RT @NeelieKroesEU: RT @kilfrew: RT @twECTA: "investing in telecoms is not too risky, it has to be done" #ftth #broadband
#NextGen12 Ann Limb speaking about her role for UKonline and Directgov
Debates began to break out on Twitter – both about Christer’s presentation and Ann’s remarks
@EventsNextGen #NextGen12 surely its the package, price and service experience that decides?
@Watchingtheflow currently its cheap packages and rubbish service for many. We need fibre. moral and optic. #NextGen12
@Watchingtheflow @brian_condon It was a comparison, not a trend he was referring to. #nextgen12 #digitalbritain
@cotswoldsbb @brian_condon #nextgen12 #digitalbritain and it s just not believable,
@Watchingtheflow haven’t seen any plans for that. Only cabinets. that isn’t real fibre broadband, comes through an old phone line #NextGen12
Ann Limb doesn’t understand why superfast broadband isn’t offered as a utility in new build particularly social housing #NextGen12 @AnnLimb
@EventsNextGen @AnnLimb Fibre ducting should be compulsary on any new builds at the very least. Even if not a fibre area yet. #NextGen12
@Yorkie71 @watchingtheflow @eventsnextgen Very good presentation by @annlimb at #NextGen12

Fibre To The Home from Start to Finish

Adam Ashenden of Prysmian

Very few delegates acknowledged any awareness of Prysmian – so Adam began his presentation by explaining that with the merger of Draka and Prysmian they are well established as a cable manufacturer in the Uk and have vast experience across continental Europe in Fibre-to-the home networks.
Adam Ashenden of Prysmian uses a real project #nextgen12 to highlight the issues in delivering #ftth twitpic.com/9qw0zjBrian_Condon
Adam’s first case study looked at a major project in Edinburgh – a complex project covering three areas and a potential extension to Edinburgh airport. Part of the solution involved pre-configutred Point of Presence – ready made units that could be used to deliver the hubs for the networks without extensive modifications of unsuitable buildings.

Adam then focused on the cables and ducts and the civil engineering challenges. In some areas duct networks existed and could be re-used but in other areas they worked with other utilities – including the sewer networks.

The city fibre ring needed to allow for extension to the airport but it also needed to link the three distinct areas. Part of the Prysmian solution benefited from their experience in Paris where they developed smaller cables with great capacity. They also developed a micro-ducting system to allow rapid deployment with air-blown systems – blown fibres are likely to last at least 25 years – vastly better than cables that are strained by pulling them in.

It is the experience and development capability of Prysmian and their ability to work with other agencies that contributes to these successful FTTH deployments.

His final point was that customer engagement was massively beneficial – many customers are happy to assist with the cable dig for the last few metres – reducing cost and gaining customer commitment.

Adam argues that it’s important for those involved in local broadband plans; whether from local authorities or parish councils to have a good understanding of the technical issues in helping to decide the various routes and technologies needed to deliver these projects. Different local situations will demand different solutions.
Adam says that it’s very important to make sure that you spend time working together to understand the needs of the area and customer groups – you can’t separate an understanding of locality and the infrastructure issues.

Further, faster & affordable – the latest from BT

Brendan Dick Managing Director BT Scotland & Managing Director BT Regions

Brendan Dick of BT says that in FTTC enabled areas, you’ll be able to order FTTP – no date mentioned #nextgen12 twitpic.com/9qw8vpBrian_Condon
Brendan starts with mentioning Rio+20(the forthcoming UN Summit) and the need to see ICT investment as a major contribution to sustainability (NextGen’s Marit Hendriks will be attending Rio+20 and expects to interview some of the UN Broadband Commission leaders)

Brendan first point – ‘Faster’ – was that from next year that businesses will be able to order fibre connectivity on demand. He also mentioned to predominance of businesses operated from home.
This would, he said, transform the way we live and work and will be a fundamentally key component of economic growth.

#NextGen12 Brendan Dick, BT: broadband is an enabler for how we live, how we work & how we make our economy thrive. <– Nicely put!
RT @paulinerigby: #NextGen12 not naming names, but the word "solutions" should be banished forever unless you really do mean dissolved in liquid
Brendan mentions that soon, businesses and others in areas that have FTTC will be able to order Fibre to the Premises as a sort of ‘on demand’ service.
His second point – Affordability – is not an issue – largely on account of the service providers that work with BT.

For Milton Keynes Brendan highlighted some local initiatives – ‘75% (more than 85,000 premises) have access to super fast broadband’. This is primarily ‘fibre to the cabinet’.

BT has apparently been surprised that take-up has been higher than the 35% they expected.

BT’s plans for #mk at #nextgen12 in Milton Keynes twitpic.com/9qwa2mBrian_Condon
Brendan highlighted the benefits to the UK economy – 0.3 to 0.5% contribution to GDP growth.

Brendan says that BT is engaged in future-proofing the UK’s telecoms network. They are now trialling faster speeds over combined fibre/copper networks. BY may believe in the utopia (of FTTH) but are rooted in the practical challenges of today – using mixes of technology to deliver basic broadband to 100% of the country.

RT @johnpopham: MT @brian_condon: BT say they are trialling, in the lab, 1 Gbps over Cu. #NextGen12 << It would be nice if we all lived in labs wouldn’t it?Edgar Aker
"Future Proofing" issues for #digitalbritain according to BT #nextgen12 twitpic.com/9qwbf3Brian_Condon
If the exchange is upgraded, the ducting in place and 1500 homeowners want it, why do BT not upgrade??? #nextgen12
@paulinerigby Brendan said he couldn’t help our area. ‘BT is not a charity’ http://t.co/m78xpTaK #NextGen12
Brendan Dick uses fibre example of the Well at Willen #NextGen12 from 2mbps to 40mbps – great improvement, businesses grow and thrive
75% of premises in Milton Keynes have access to fibre broadband thanks to BT’s investment – Brendan Dick #NextGen12
Lancashire, Rutland, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly, Northern Ireland all have significant fibre roll out – Brendan Dick #NextGen12

QUESTIONS FROM FLOOR

BT seems not to be providing FTTC to Milton Keynes to business parks – does this mean that BT expects businesses to buy more-expensive provisions.

Brendan responded by highlighting the priorities (from the BDUK programme) to fill the most needy gaps.

A question about rural areas produced response that it was a matter of market priorities – looking for the most likely take-up areas first – but all of this must fit with the BDUK programme.

BT. We need to stimulate market and digital inclusion important but also sustainability – leave a positive lasting impact #NextGen12
RT @RobDChambers: Feisty lot at #nextgen12 – laying into BT <- we think BT is v important but not the whole answer :)

The role of Broadband Delivery UK (“BDUK”)

Robert Ling

Now #NextGen12 @ling_robert BDUK – we are committed to delivering the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015
Robert Lin of #BDUK introducing BDUK and its goals #NextGen12 twitpic.com/9qwodmBrian_Condon
@ling_robert Ling picture http://t.co/0jZswzU1 now speaking #NextGen12 Milton Keynes
Robert’s on the government’s objectives and BDUK processes.

He expressed some satisfaction that their process was on schedule and the responses from Local Authorities had been very encouraging. The process had been greatly benefited from clarification of the State Aid issues and an umbrella agreement agreed with the European Commission.

The 2nd round for bids opened on the 10th May and will close on 6th July. The first round (January) resulted in 16 applications out of 39 being approved.

BDUK pot: £530M on superfast broadband, £150 for superconnected cities & £150M to improve mobile infrastructure, says Rob Ling #NextGen12
Cities have until 2 August to submit full bids at which point actual allocations will be made @ling_robert #NextGen12
The Super-Connected Cities initiated in the budget resulted in indicative funding allocations being made – and a meeting on 14th June with all applicant will clarify the next steps.

A further programme for Mobile investment – details on the DCMS website.

Major issue – Demand Stimulation – DCMS working with GO ON UK ( a ‘reincarnation of RACE Online 2012) – is a key part of the strategy. Robert is keen to see a strong business focus and a collaborative culture that brings together many organisations such as FSB.

Second wave of smaller superconnected cities is now on the way #bduk #nextgen12
Robert Ling says they got 39 responses to the Rural Broadband Fund which given timescales was "phenomenal" #NextGen12 twitpic.com/9qwp6fBrian_Condon
Rob Ling #NextGen12 Rural Community Broadband Fund (for areas not addressed by local authority schemes) round 2 opens 10 May, closes 6 July
@ling_robert speaking about @Go_ON_UK campaign who picked up baton from Race Online 12 to get final 8.12m online #NextGen12 in Milton Keynes

Fibre To The Home Council Europe

Nadia Babaali

Nadia starts by mentioning their partnership with NextGen and highlights the forthcoming NextGen 12 conference (Oct 8 & 9) in London.

FTTH Council was formalised in 2004 and is now a major industry organisation – with a vision for a sustainable future.

The FTTH Council Europe’s 10th anniversary conference (Feb 2013) will be held in London – the first time that it has been in England.

In line with the other FTTH Councils around the world the council’s league tables only count those homes and buildings that are actually connected by fibre.

Europe and CIS countries in total have more FTTH connections than the USA.

Take-up rates appear to be higher in CIS countries.

In the global rankings of countries with more than 200,000 households and more than 1% connected by FTTH. The Aisian countries (e.g. South Korea) are in the lead and Lithuania is the highest European entry.

In Europe there are 20 countries with more than 1% penetration and this table is lead by Nordic and Eastern European countries. Growth rates in Eastern Europe are now leading the market.

Babaali #NextGen12 Lithuania ranks NO1 with highest penetration of FTTH hear Lithuanian regulator at Scotland NG 7 June http://t.co/npMT6ZYw
Nadia Babaali of Fibre to the Home council points out worrying trends for EU in #ftth – other parts of world faster growing #nextgen12
France and Italy are on the table but Germany, Spain and UK have not yet achieved 1% penetration.

The Council have analysed projects by ‘type of player’ – Municipalities, Alternative Operators and European Incumbents. The first two categories have been important in driving Incumbents towards a more innovative approach.

In the ‘Race to Fibre Maturity’ (when 20% penetration is expected) the UK is not expected to achieve this until some time after 2022 – and long other most others. This prediction suggests that the UK may not achieve the EU’s broadband targets for 2020.

FTTH forecast Babaali #NextGen12 @FTTHCouncilEU. Europe will get there at 2020 UK will get there after 2022!
UK to not reach fibre to the home maturity (20% homes connected) until after 2022!! #NextGen12
#ftth "UK won’t reach fibre maturity until way past 2022" #nextgen12 #digitalbritain
Upload Speeds and Stability are key. Consumer demand is not an issue – but it takes a little time for consumers to learn how to exploit higher quality networks. It also takes time for operators to understand that it can be highly profitable.

There are continental case studies available on the FTT Council website. NextGen is assisting the Council in finding additional case studies from the UK.

Nadia Babaali charting Diffraction Analysis FTTH Service provider study @fiberguy #NextGen12 @FTTHCouncilEU
#nextgen12 If predictions by @ftthcouncileu come to pass then UK will miss Digital Agenda target of 100Mbps for 50% of homes by 2020

Local case studies

Fredi Nonyelu – MK Business Broadband Survey

Fred Nonyelu kicks off with a local broadband survey undertaken by the Biztech Forum

Objectives to understand the state of play in the Mk area and find recommendations for the city.

16% of businesses involved directly in ICT and the responses reflected a stronger response from this sector.

The results showed many areas are effectively rural with very low broadband speeds – but this was also apparent in the city centre.

32% rated reliability as poor. 86% had upload speeds of less than 2mbps.

Fredi Nonyelu presents results of a survey of business needs for high speed broadband #NextGen12 twitpic.com/9qx2vz twitpic.com/9qx2z4Brian_Condon
#nextgen12 Fredi Nonyelu: businesses surveyed in Milton Keynes want to pay less than £30 per month for broadband
Only 14% had upload speeds greater than 8mbps.

The slides are detailed and will be available on the NextGen site as soon as possible.

On affordability the willingness to pay seemed to be limited to less than £30 – regardless of performance.

Several examples from local enterprises were reviewed in detail.

In summary
BDUK has awarded only £140k -to Milton Keynes – but MK council has allocation £2.4M and this is expected to be match-funded by operators.

Competition is seen as key – and whilst they welcome the work with BY they see the need to have a local dimension and get away from a ‘1 size fits all’ approach.

Fredi then finished by reviewing the challenges and opportunities – and the need for the infrastructure to match the future vision for the city.

The Brooklands Development

Graeme Scott Technical Account Manager IFNL

A different approach to #ngn with INFL "treating it as a utility" #NextGen12 "get what you pay for" twitpic.com/9qx54uBrian_Condon
INFL is pre-providing each plot with a basic infrastructure that is open for use by any operator.

This means no street furniture – the entire infrastructure is underground.

#NextGen12 Graeme Scott claims that IFNL delivers fastest broadband in the UK – 200Mbps on Brooklands development in MK
"@brian_condon: A different approach to #ngn with INFL "treating it as a utility" #NextGen12 "get what you pay for". Excellent approach.
@GreySkyConsult @brian_condon "You get what you pay for" shouldn’t that be "pay for what you use" as in how utilities charge? #NextGen12
What households need – implies FTTC can’t cope – says Graeme Scott of IFNL #NextGen12 twitpic.com/9qx6ilBrian_Condon
Research shows more clearly that customers want fast upload and lower latency. They also want IPTV and the network is configured to deliver this (including Sky).

Telecoms is the same as any other utility.

TV requires 15Mbps per channel. Graeme highlights multiple concurrent applications.

Standard Service is 50Mbps down and 25Mbps upload speed. This is the fastest service in Milton Keynes.

This presentation highlights the value of a local operator – and further extensions from the scheme are being developed.

@Watchingtheflow IFNL offer choice of gas and electric suppliers on their other utility networks, aiming for the same with fibre #NextGen12danielheery

Milton Keynes Smart City

Prof Keith Straughan Interim Dean University College Milton Keynes

Smart Cities must be self aware and should be able to respond to external stimuli.

The evolution of city services – understanding the spiral of developments – requires a view of convergence of several human factors. Keith views that the technology focus of many models is mistaken – agriculture, education, water production – just three of the perspectives that are missing from government understanding.

Smart Cities demand increasing ‘knowledge sharing’. Keith cites Ofgem work on understand electricity demands.

Keith shows a new view of Smart Cities – but the hardest part is not technology but people factors – but it cannot move forward without an infrastructure that allows behaviours to change and evolve.

Time, Einstein and Everything Cool about NextGen Technology

Mark Kellett – CEO Magnet Networks
Trading and Gaming are drivers of #ngn says Mark Kellett of Magnet Networks. #NextGen12 http://twitpic.com/9qxdueBrian_Condon
For the last 2 years Magnet has been supplying services to new-build developments – not only in Ireland but in many parts of the UK – example Wembley and Greenwich.

Magnet provides an IPTV service and Sky services as well a open open access network.

They have developed special service for gamers – and much of the benefits are being felt in the Financial Services world of high-frequency trading.

Beware the JCB – Mark cites the customer who refused the offer of a back-up link – and lost 4 days work because of a digger!

Acceleration – more capacity is always taken up – so why do people still ask why they would need 100mbps? Once they have experienced it they will never let it go.

Latency is a vital quality issue for business users.

Aertv is live and social – 29% of viewers comment on social media – and 29% of TV viewers are viewing it in the bathroom!

You can find copies of the presentations on the NextGen Events website:
Mark Kellett – CEO Magnet Networksnextgenevents
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