Ofcom opens up NGA debate

Ofcom today attempted to open up a discussion focused on next generation access (NGA) networks with the aim of deciding how to best regulate the area to protect the investments businesses have made thus far.

While it has not launched a formal policy consultation, the watchdog has released a public discussion document to stimulate dialogue with key stakeholders including communications providers, equipment manufacturers, content and application providers, users and government.

Ofcom says it plans to hold a number of seminars early next year to bring relevant parties together to discuss the challenges and issues presented by NGA.

NGAs networks will enable faster broadband connections by harnessing new technologies, whether that is fibre, cable, fixed or mobile wireless or by enhancing current copper-based infrastructures.

"Investment in NGA networks continues to gather pace internationally, with announced deployments from both operators and public sector organisations," the regulator said in the document.

"Recently, the UK has displayed a good outcome with respect to the availability, take-up of and bandwidths supported by current generation broadband networks. At the same time, the UK is not witnessing the same level of investment in next generation access networks as displayed in some countries like the US, Japan, Korea and the Netherlands."

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.