Telecom managers in the Communications Management Association (CMA) will hold their annual conference next week, and will be pressing comms regulator Ofcom to deliver a better deal for business users.
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The conference itself will be addressed by Ofcom chairman Lord Currie, and the CMA will also reveal the results of its annual members’ survey.
The survey is expected to include the latest business attitudes to broadband pricing and performance, the progress in voice over IP business roll-outs, the take-up in Wi-Fi, the business relationship with BT and other service providers, plus many other issues.
Ofcom outlined its five key market priorities at the turn of the year, most of them unsurprising considering that little progress has been made in any of these areas so far.
The target areas covered by Ofcom’s strategic plan will help form the cornerstones of Ofcom’s work over the next three years.
The areas focus on the commercial release of spectrum, promoting competition in converging markets, promoting new platforms to users, improving industry compliance, and creating a closer relationship between Ofcom’s compliance work and market economics.
On the issue of spectrum, Ofcom wants to facilitate and accelerate a market-based approach to spectrum release and to allow new services to develop. The regulator also wants to promote spectrum trading between existing holders.
With Ofcom’s target of promoting competition and innovation in converging markets and increasing user choice in fixed-line telecoms, broadband, and wireless, the biggest two factors may well be BT and the five existing main mobile operators.
Companies and organisations set to address the two-day CMA conference include: BT; Microsoft; Cheshire County Council; Cisco; Nokia; Orange; Avaya; analysts Forrester; Ovum; Yankee Group; IDC; and consultant Deloitte.
Cheshire County Council will explain to delegates how its has adopted an IP environment for running its operations, and Yankee will cover a new communications paradigm driven by the younger generation of comms users.
The conference will take place on 7-8 February at The Plaisterers Hall, London Wall, London EC2.
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