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Ofcom to Release New Infrastructure Report in August

Ofcom has announced that its first UK Communications Infrastructure Report will be released to the government by 7th August 2011. The report, a condition of the Digital Economy Act 2010 (DEA), seeks to provide a detailed technical and commercial overview of the Country's consumer fixed voice, broadband, IPTV (internet television) and mobile services. Ofcom Statement said "Over the coming months we will be gathering data from the largest providers of these services and networks and collating data already held by Ofcom. We will continue to engage with Industry with a view to minimising the burden of data gathering whilst ensuring we gather the necessary data to fulfil our duties under the Act and produce a report of value to government, consumers and Industry." The report will recycle a lot of the data that Ofcom has already gained from other studies and reports, such as the research into broadband ISP speeds, mobile coverage and the wider consumer communications market. However it will also include a number of fairly new areas such as:
  • Infrastructure Sharing
  • Wholesale Network Access Traffic / Capacity
  • Geographic Coverage of the Different Networks and Services
  • Telecoms Network Resilience and Availability Data
  • International Comparisons with other non-UK Countries
Ofcom are required to produce such a report once every three years and its' first one will focus upon mobile coverage, broadband ISP speeds, the availability of Next Generation Access (NGA) networks, IPTV and Wi-Fi Hotspot access. There's no mention of a need to monitor the effectiveness of the governments internet copyright infringement policies. Only the largest providers, which make up 85% of the market share, will need to supply relevant data. These include BT , Arqiva , BBC , Everything Everywhere (T-Mobile / Orange), D3 & SDN, Sky Broadband, KCOM ( KC / Karoo ), O2 , TalkTalk, Three (3), Virgin Media and Vodafone UK.

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