British technology association techUK has published a new report setting out its vision for a transformation of the UK’s communications infrastructure, which would ensure every business can become a digital business, while creating an open digital economy.
‘From Good to Great: Digital Connectivity for a World Class Economy’ sets out a number of recommendations for the country to make the leap from good to great connectivity.
According to techUK, recent reports have pointed out that a world-leading communications infrastructure is an essential contributing factor to a nation’s attractiveness to others wanting to do business with and invest in it.
The association said that as the UK begins the process of leaving the EU, it will have to develop new trading relationships with Europe and the rest of the world in order to ensure the UK “remains an excellent place to establish and grow a business and achieve this government’s vision of a Global Britain”.
Although techUK said Britain’s digital infrastructure is currently at a “good standard”, it can achieve “great connectivity” through investment and collaboration between industry, local and central government and the regulator.
Chief executive of techUK Julian David said: “As the UK looks to reposition itself as Global Britain, improving digital infrastructure will also incentivise investment and innovation necessary to raise productivity and deliver economic growth for the whole country.”
The association recommends putting sustainable investment at the heart of government and regulators’ decision-making so suppliers are not penalised when upgrading their existing infrastructure.
It also advised maintaining the UK’s position as an international spectrum leader through the agile implementation of spectrum approaches, which would enable innovative applications. These would include fit-for-purpose licenses that will be vital for the upcoming 5G trials and testbeds.
Mr David went on to say: “Establishing more effective and efficient partnerships across all levels of government and with public agencies and industry is fundamental to the UK achieving the high quality, secure, and resilient digital infrastructure that is needed for the 2020s and beyond.”