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Another open question is: does Cleevely play a "Mister Bridger" character to Webb's "Charlie" character? Or would Cleevely instead address the following Mr Bridger line to Webb: "you are symptomatic of the lazy, unimaginative management that is driving Britain onto the rocks"? 

As for Webb's "It is nobody's interest to rock the boat" statement, I would humbly refer the reader to the UK 2009 film "The Boat that Rocked", again yearning after sixties nostalgia, wherein the Kennith Branagh character "Sir Alistair Dormandy" delivers the line "Pirate Radio - we are going to close them down". Oh Dear. Spoiler Alert: the boat sank but the people came to the rescue.

Both these aspects fundamentally underplay to Tom Wheeler's "innovation without permission" critique espoused by authoritarians such as Webb.

Webb also fails to appreciate the distinction between top-down and bottom-up disruptive technologies.

Webb also deliberately obfuscates the distinction between the marketing hype presentations - 3G, 4G, 5G delivered for public consumption and the true purpose behind managed phased technical standard releases, currently clocking up LTE Release 15. And foresee-ably beyond with breakthroughs? Or is Webb being disingenuous by manipulating the woefully non-technical well-meaning generalist political class of the UK?  Culture Wars eh? Just how are they conducted and by whom and why? Questions for the Culture Media and Sport Committee to launch a new Inquiry into perhaps?

Where UK Communications are Heading?

On the 2nd of March Sharon gave a truly impressive speech to the "Media & Telecoms & Beyond" entitled: "Into the future: Where are Communications Heading?" therein Sharon states:

"5G could support connections so fast and responsive that they no longer constrain the mobile user. This change will not arrive as a glittering new network, but as a combination of better 4G technology and new mobile standards. So what will it deliver? Well, broadly speaking, we think 5G services will fall into three categories.

First, better mobile broadband. 5G should provide more reliable access to the web. It should allow people to work, listen to music or watch mobile TV, even in congested areas with huge numbers of people. Without 5G to support future demands, our current networks would struggle.

Second, 5G should help enable the 'Internet of Things' - which, after much talk, is starting to become a practical reality. Although like some here today, I've been waiting several years for my fridge to order a pint of milk, and it hasn't yet obliged. Understandably, some people feel this technological revolution has been overcooked. Certainly the labels can be misleading. There will, for example, be no one Internet of Things. Instead, major sectors of the economy will develop their own products, in their own time, to address their own challenges. Already, aspects of our environment - from parking spaces to water levels - are being tracked by online networks. Connected consumers are buying 3 million wrist devices in the UK each year. Clearly, this is just the start. Ofcom's research suggests that connected devices are on the cusp of taking off in our homes and offices, on our roads and our railways. We predict 100m of these machines in the UK within five years, up from just 13m last year. They will span every sector - from connected parcels and fleet-tracking in the postal network; to personalised medical devices and treatments; to environmental sensors that monitor pollution in real time.

Third, we think 5G will support new applications that rely on ultra-reliable networks to send data back-and-forth in milliseconds. These could include networks that manage traffic in real time, or provide live data to emergency response teams.

We could also see the dawn of a new age of smart manufacturing, where managers can see, access and control every machine and process. Each device in the manufacturing chain would generate data and insight to increase performance, predict problems and boost productivity.

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