Archive | February, 2013

FTTH Council Europe – 10th anniversary conference

21 Feb

For the first time in 10 years the FTTH Council Europe annual summit arrived in the UK.

I was only able to attend on the first day and a half but my observations are around the growing gulf between between economies who chose to be fully part of the global digital economy and those who merely aspire to ‘get by’.

The full story is at the main Groupe Intellex archive site here.


Integrity in Business: an honest opinion from the boardroom

17 Feb

At a time when dishonesty seems the dominant theme  of business news, Professor Colin Coulson-Thomas speaks up for ethical standards.

His keynote at a major conference in Bangalore deserves wider readership – so we’ve reproduced it in full.

Colin has long been a supporter of Groupe Intellex and we value his insights and occasional editorial contributions.



Next Generation Digital Challenge Awards 2013 – NOW OPEN

17 Feb

For our 2013 edition we have changed the design – starting with an Open Call for entries, suggestions and ideas.

The Challenge will this year honour and celebrate the enablers of your own digital economy.

We are also this year introducing a separate ‘smart city’ track for international exemplars.

The full details and how to throw in your suggestions can be found here.

Nominate Now and track how your contenders fare during the short-list selection, finalist places and the winners at the NextGen13 conference dinner on 14th October.

The Digital Challenge is a Groupe Intellex project in association with NG Events Ltd.

Gigabit Broadband – too much to choo choo? 2013 Study Tour preliminary details announced

10 Feb

The first of this year’s Community Study Tours is planned for June and will visit Chattanooga – the USA’s first Gigabit City.

The final details will be confirmed soon after we get back from our ‘pathfinder’ visit (today we are only half way through) but the preliminary plan can be seen in the Business and Community Development section of the main Group Intellex website.

Chattanooga will interest not only ‘smart city’ developers but also innovators from energy utilities, environmentalists and investors.  With inward manufacturing investment from VW,  service relocation by Amazon and strong leadership in public services, the city has  become an economic exemplar.

Further details and registration process will be confirmed in early March.

broadband with coffee – and bacon butties

10 Feb

NG Events kicked off their 2013 programme with a debate for parliamentarians at a ‘broadband policy breakfast’ last week in Portcullis House, Westminster.

The event, chaired by Chi Onwurah MP, explored three topics in depth guided by speakers drawn from participants in the 2012 NextGen events programme.

To maximise discussion time the speakers were each given only 3 minutes to introduce their topic and a very healthy debate ensued.

A summary report of the proceedings is now available and further information can be requested via