2017 - Year of Opportunity

Added by Dave Dadds | Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Ring out, ye bells! A New Year is upon us: Ofcom promises a new customer-centric Openreach. The Universal Service Obligation extends to broadband. Government itself commits to a full-fibre 5G-enabled future. Even the mobile networks are pressing on to meet their not-spot commitments. What can possibly go wrong?

It’s been a long time coming. In fact, it took a referendum to accomplish it. But our industry is now, finally, getting to where it belongs in government thinking. No longer just lumped in with the media luvvies at DCMS because someone thought telephones and mobiles naturally sit with broadcast TV and Radio. But a vibrant, vital means of empowering trade. Especially international trade. The kind of trade the UK is going to need as it makes its way into the post-Brexit world.

For the first time, too, government is looking over the shoulders of the big boys and the corporate lobbyists; anxious to catch a glimpse of us agile, flexible, competitive CPs and SME sector suppliers FCS has been telling them about for the last 35 years.

Suddenly, we’re all being taken seriously, guys. How do we begin to respond to that?

December’s FCS Board meeting spent a lot of time on this. As the voice of the channel, we’re already building strong coalitions with other industry voices and feeding into three All-Party Parliamentary Groups. At the same time, we’re delivering operational results on everything from Ethernet lead-times to dial-through fraud. How do we make sure nothing gets overlooked?

Got the time once a quarter for a conference call? Proper agenda, no waffle. What’s going on; what do we need to do about it? Could be anything from IPX to wholesale mobile; from wayleaves to fraud. The big stuff that’ll drive the policy work with Ofcom and the task-and-finish groups.

Interested? Drop us a note to fcs@fcs.org.uk. Make 2017 the year we show them what the channel can do.

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