Lowering Barriers to 5G Deployment: Broadband Stakeholder Group

Lowering Barriers to 5G Deployment

Broadband Stakeholder Group

Published, 20 July 2018

This report argues that reducing barriers to network deployment is necessary for the UK to become a leader in 5G. The authors identify thirteen barriers ranging from legislative to communication and provide 21 recommendations that are relevant to industry, central government and local authorities.


'Technopoly' and what to do about it: Reform, Redress and Regulation: ResPublica

'Technopoly' and what to do about it: Reform, Redress and Regulation


Published, June 2018

Technology and digitalisation have helped to lower business costs, create business opportunities and increase rates of economic growth. Yet, alongside these benefits, the authors of this report warn against the threats that the monopolisation of big tech poses to the consumers.

Among other things, the authors explain how market dominance in technology can lead to loss of innovation, limitation of press freedom, and the squandering of competition. The latter sections of the report offer 10 recommendations for change to help restore the benefits of a technology market.

City Innovation Brief : Future Cities Catapult

City Innovation Brief

Future Cities Catapult

Published, 15 June 2018

Future Cities Catapult publishes its quarterly digest on the developments related to political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental arenas in urban innovation in the UK.

The brief also includes an activity tracker which highlights UK and European funding programmes for work in Advanced Urban Services. The brief includes an article about the ways that digital technologies can help planning authorities in England to be more data-driven, agile, responsive, and reflect citizens’ preferences.

Smarter London Together : The London Assembly

Smarter London Together

The London Assembly

Published, June 2018

The Smarter London Together roadmap is launched by the Mayor of London which outlines how London can be the world’s smartest city.

The road map encompasses 20 initiatives which are divided into five key areas: creating additional user designed services, developing a new deal for city data, increasing digital skills and leadership, improving collaboration within the city and developing smarter streets and world-class connectivity.

The impacts of broadband and 5G : The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

The impacts of mobile broadband and 5

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Published, 6 June 2018

This review outlines results from three research areas on the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme: the impact of mobile broadband on consumer value, productivity and efficiency, the possible macroeconomic impacts of 5G, and the economic impact from selected case studies of areas likely to be affected by 5G.

Global business influencers 'overconfident' around cybercrime risks : Ipsos MORI

Global business influencers 'overconfident' around cybercrime risks

Ipsos MORI

Published, 22 May 2018

Ipsos MORI presents results from its Global Business Influencers survey which gained responses from senior executives from a number of companies in Europe, Asia and the United States.

The survey shows that cybersecurity is one of the leading challenges faced by businesses resulting in executives feeling concerned about data security threats. Although they have the concerns, the report shows that senior individuals are overconfident about their businesses’ capabilities and capacity to deal with the risks of cybercrime.

Online talent platforms : World Employment Confederation - Europe

Online talent platforms, labour market intermediaries and the changing world of work

World Employment Confederation - Europe

Published, May 2018

This report maps the economy of online talent platforms and makes comparisons between them and temporary agency work.

The report covers a broad range of factors including by not limited to the structure and size of online platforms, the regulatory frameworks used to govern them and skills development.

Internet users in the UK: 2018 : Office for National Statistics

Internet users in the UK: 2018

Office for National Statistics

Published, 31 May 2018

The Office for National Statistics releases figures on internet use in the UK by individuals aged 16 years and over.

The report presents estimates for internet use by sex, age, geographical location and disability and shows that 90% of people over the age of 16 were recent internet users in 2018.

Trends in Online Child Sexual Exploitation : Internet Watch Foundation

Trends in Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse

Internet Watch Foundation

Published, 15 May 2018

This report from the Internet Watch Foundation shows that children are being groomed, coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse over webcams, tablets and mobile phones.

Over 90% of the identified material were of children aged 13 and under, 28% were aged 10 or under. The report also found a large degree of material being re-hosted to third-party websites.

Connected Nations update: Spring 2018 : Ofcom

Connected Nations update: Spring 2018


Published, 30 April 2018

Ofcom publishes a Spring update to its annual report to discuss developments in mobile and broadband network coverage in the UK.

The report’s findings show an increase in superfast broadband coverage, a decrease in the number of premises that are not able to receive decent broadband and improvements in mobile coverage. Despite these improvements, the report suggests that further work is required to ensure everyone has access to decent broadband and mobile network coverage.