Future-proofing London’s Communications Infrastructure

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Date(s) - 19/04/2016
15:00 - 17:00



“We’re only going to do this once …”v. “The only constant is change”
Future-proofing London’s Communications Infrastructure

Joint round table organised by The Digital Policy Alliance and the Wired Westminster Group

Tuesday 19th April 2016

3pm – 5pm


Reports looking at the Smart Society and Internet of Things, like the Atos “Digital Vision for London” rarely address the necessary communications infrastructure while calls for action on London’s broadband (like that from FISP) rarely consider the politics of London.  Meanwhile London’s property owners and councils are already working with network providers to agree access and wayleave agreements and building guidance to reduce the cost and disruption of installing enhanced broadband and wifi. Some (it is unclear how many) would like to address the needs of 4G and 5G at the same time, in order to reap the benefits of enabling their tenants and residents to implement the visions of the future before their competitors.

The objectives of the meeting are:

  • To identify those interested in working together to build on current exercises and address the equipment and cabling needs of the next few decades, if not necessarily the century for which Joseph Bazalgette (“We are only going to do this once”) planned when London last faced such a predictable challenge, albeit the pace of technology change in the 1860s was somewhat slower.
  • to agree co-operation in publicising what participants are already doing/planning
  • to agree co-operation in organising extensions to help meet future needs with less cost and disruption.

For more information please email: dpa@dpalliance.org.uk.