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Engineering the future of communications 2013

This is the fifth meeting in a series of successful annual briefings to discuss policy matters involving communications and the information economy.

The relentless growth in the use of mobile communications has had many benefits but presents unforeseen challenges.  One of the challenges has been the explosive growth in data that is being both generated and accessed by mobile handsets. This is occurring on a global scale with the traditional carriers struggling to carry the data volumes without having to invest on a prohibitively large scale.  This challenge is only going to worsen unless a more radical joined up approach is taken across the industry and the regulatory bodies.

In order to address challenge this year’s event is focusing on a new concept DAN, whereby the potential exists for the UK to take a global lead in building the next generation high performance network infrastructure in an affordable manner that satisfies user demand.