DBF September Conference: Connectivity

DBF’s September conference saw one of our largest turnouts of the year, focusing on the theme of connectivity. The conference focused on the critical need for a robust digital infrastructure and making this fit for purpose to support North East Wales’ and the surrounding area’s continued growth and thriving digital economy.

Refreshments were kindly sponsored by The Federation of Small Businesses.

Journalists’ Charity

We were delighted to welcome award-winning BBC broadcast journalist Tim Rogers, Chair of The Journalists’ Charity. His speech focused on stresses and problems journalists face day-to-day, particularly the ones of a financial nature as he highlighted the scarcity of job security in journalism, an important tool that holds leaders around the world to account. The charity doesn’t just help those working in large organizations but also regional and local institutions as well.

For more information on the Journalists’ Charity, please visit http://www.journalistscharity.org.uk/


Fibre optic connectivity is a pressing issue, demonstrated through the words of DBF Chair Askar Sheibani, also CEO of Sorrento Networks (Comtek Group). He provided instances of how far the UK lags other European countries when it comes to fibre optic infrastructure, stagnating growth for many businesses.

Jon Nowell, Head of Dark Fibre Innovation of TalkTalk, supplied a positive and engaging outlook for the development of internet services as the telecoms industry continues to try and meet the challenges of increases in bandwidth demands from businesses. The uptake of cloud services continues to increase – predicted to rise to 88% of enterprises in two years – from 43% of enterprises currently. Nowell explained also that data backups to internet-based providers would increase from 42% to 85% of businesses.

But even though some businesses are struggling to obtain much needed bandwidth, there are plans and developments in motion from the industry as it sees further uptakes in FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) and Ethernet over Dark Fibre in the future.

Transportation and FSB Wales

Next, Stephen Jones, the Chief Officer for Streetscene and Transportation of Flintshire County Council. He orated the progress the council is making on the overcapacity infrastructure of roads and said he and the council understands the effects this is having on business.

Finally, Ben Cottam, Head of External Affairs from FSB Wales spoke about what FSB, the Federation of Small Business can do for local businesses in the region.


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