Prime Minister Gordon Brown will speak alongside government officials, CEOs and media executives at a Digital Britain summit in the British Library today (17 April), to discuss how best to equip the UK for a ‘digital fututre’.
O2 CEO Ronan Dunne, Virgin Media CEO Neil Berkett and BT CEO Ian Livingstone will speak alongside Stephen Fry, Daily Mirror CEO Sly Bailey, Hirouki Hishinuma from the Japanese government and Culture Secretary Andy Burnham.
Lord Stephen Carter, minister for communications, technology and broadcasting, said: ‘The health and success of our digital information and communications sectors are crucial to the future strength of Britain's economy. In the interim Digital Britain Report, we set out our ambition to fully exploit the shift to digital technology.
‘This summit will bring together some of the leading thinkers in the digital economy. Their views on how to develop our infrastructure, develop our content and creative industries and keep pace with international competition will be invaluable as we finalise our thinking over the next two months.’
Lord Carter outlined plans to bring a minimum of 2Mb/s to all by 2012 in February this year, with the responsibility distributed equally between mobile and fixed-line providers such as Virgin Media and BT.
The report said that Government and Ofcom will consider further network sharing, spectrum, or carrier-sharing proposals from the operators. It hopes to free up greater coverage to assist the role that mobile operators are to play in the universal service commitment.