Meetings

Digital infrastructure in Wales

This page gives details of any meetings held which will, or did, discuss the matter, and includes links to the relevant Papers, Agendas and Minutes.

Note: Meeting Agenda can change at short notice. Particularly where future meeting dates are indicated more than a week in advance. Please check before planning to attend a Committee Meeting that the item you are interested in has not been moved.

Meeting: 24/02/2021 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

Broadband Update - Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport

Richard Sewell, Deputy Director, ICT Infrastructure, Welsh Government

Adam Butcher, Senior Engagement & Policy Manager, Welsh Government

Minutes:

4.1 Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Richard Sewell, Deputy Director, ICT Infrastructure, Welsh Government, Adam Butcher, Senior Engagement & Policy Manager, Welsh Government and Viv Collins, Senior Contracts Manager, Welsh Government answered questions from Committee Members


Meeting: 10/02/2021 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 Broadband update

Kim Mears OBE, MD Strategic Infrastructure Development, Openreach

Elinor Williams, Principal, Regulatory Affairs, Ofcom Wales

Nick Speed, Director, BT Group Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 Kim Mears OBE, MD Strategic Infrastructure Development, Openreach, Elinor Williams, Principal, Regulatory Affairs, Ofcom Wales and Nick Speed, Director, BT Group Wales answered questions from Committee Members

2.2 Kim Mears agreed to provide further details to the committee on rephrasing, what came in, what came out, and where we are today.  Also in regards to ethernet connection detail around whether they are coming soon or where they are in the schedule and to share when ready a document from the Centre for Economics and Business Research


Meeting: 13/12/2018 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Mobile Action Plan draft report

Supporting documents:

  • EIS(5)-30-18(P3) Mobile Action Plan draft report

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee discussed the draft report


Meeting: 17/10/2018 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Scrutiny of Leader of the House and Chief Whip

Julie James AM, Leader of the House & Chief Whip

Richard Sewell, Deputy Director, ICT Infrastructure Division

Adam Butcher, Senior Engagement & Policy Manager

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 Julie James, Richard Sewell and Adam Butcher answered questions from Committee members


Meeting: 11/10/2018 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Digital Infrastructure - Mobile Action Plan update

Gareth Elliott, Mobile UK

Paul James, Telefonica O2 UK

Tom Corcoran, Three

Kamala MacKinnon, Vodafone

Richard Wainer, BT Group Corporate Affairs

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Gareth Elliott, Paul James, Tom Corcoran, Kamala MacKinnon and Richard Wainer answered questions from Committee Members.

3.2 Gareth Elliott from Mobile UK agreed to provide the Committee with further information on business rates.


Meeting: 19/04/2018 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Additional information from Openreach in response to the Committee's letter dated 19 March 2018

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.4.1 The additional information was noted by the Committee


Meeting: 19/04/2018 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Letter from the Chair to Openreach requesting further information - dated 19 March 2018

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.3.1 The letter was noted by the Committee


Meeting: 15/03/2018 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Consideration of draft letter to BT Openreach

Supporting documents:

  • EIS(5)-07-18(p10) Draft letter

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee agreed to send the letter to BT Openreach


Meeting: 15/03/2018 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Correspondence from Chair of the Public Accounts Committee to the Director General regarding the UK Government Digital Service

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.5.1 The correspondence was noted by the Committee


Meeting: 07/03/2018 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Correspondence to the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs regarding the planning elements of the Mobile Action Plan and her response

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.3.1 The correspondence was noted by the Committee


Meeting: 07/03/2018 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Additional information from Openreach following the Committee meeting on 25 January

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.4.1 The additional information was noted by the Committee


Meeting: 01/03/2018 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2.3)

2.3 Correspondence to the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs regarding the planning elements of the Mobile Action Plan and her response

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 25/01/2018 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Superfast Cymru session with Openreach - Digital infrastructure in Wales

Kim Mears, Managing Director Infrastructure Delivery, Openreach

Ed Hunt, Programme Director Superfast Cymru, Openreach

Supporting documents:

  • Research brief

Minutes:

6.1 Kim Mears and Ed Hunt answered questions from Committee Members

6.2 Kim Mears agreed to provide further details on the number of premises connected with FTTP technology under Superfast Cymru that are accessing superfast services from a provider other than BT? and

6.3 How many premises were told they were in scope of the Superfast Cymru project before the 31 December, only for the project to end before they had been connected?


Meeting: 25/01/2018 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Leader of the House and Chief Whip - Digitalisation update (including Superfast Cymru)

Julie James AM, Leader of the House & Chief Whip

Richard Sewell, Deputy Director, ICT Infrastructure Division 

Caren Fullerton, Chief Digital Officer

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 Julie James AM, Richard Sewell and Caren Fullerton answered questions from Committee Members


Meeting: 22/11/2017 - Plenary - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

Debate on the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee report: Digital Infrastructure in Wales

NDM6558 Russell George (Montgomeryshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the report of the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee on its inquiry, 'Digital Infrastructure in Wales', which was laid in the Table Office on 20 September 2017.

Note: The response by the Welsh Government was laid on 15 November 2017.

Minutes:

The item started at 15.05

NDM6558 Russell George (Montgomeryshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the report of the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee on its inquiry, 'Digital Infrastructure in Wales', which was laid in the Table Office on 20 September 2017.

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.


Meeting: 15/11/2017 - Plenary - Fifth Senedd (Item 11)

Debate on the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee report: Digital Infrastructure in Wales - Postponed to 22 November


Meeting: 19/07/2017 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2.)

2. Consideration of draft report - Digital infrastructure in Wales

Supporting documents:

  • Draft report

Meeting: 08/02/2017 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Consideration of draft outline report on Digital Infrastructure

Supporting documents:

  • EIS(5)-05-17 (p1) Draft outline report

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee considered the draft report.


Meeting: 25/01/2017 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Scottish Government's Mobile Action Plan - Digital infrastructure in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 The Scottish Government’s Mobile Action Plan was noted by the Committee


Meeting: 25/01/2017 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 BT Group - Digital infrastructure in Wales

Ed Hunt, Programme Director Superfast Cymru, BT Group

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Ed Hunt and Garry Miller from BT Group answered questions from Committee Members.


Meeting: 25/01/2017 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Ministerial scrutiny session - Digital infrastructure in Wales

Julie James AM, Minister for Skills and Science

Simon Jones, Director, Transport & ICT Infrastructure

Richard Sewell, Deputy Director, ICT Infrastructure Division

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 The Minister and her officials answered questions from Committee Members.

 

4.2 The Minister for Skills and Science agreed to provide (if and when known):

 

·           Further details on the Fibre Speeds in Wales, as the committee was informed that the recommended speeds for Superfast Broadband are too low.

 

The Minister for Skills and Science also agreed to provide

 

Details on the recent review into the ultrafast connectivity voucher scheme with further information on how many applications have been approved and completed.


Meeting: 25/01/2017 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

Video: Views from businesses around Wales - Digital infrastructure in Wales

Rhayna Mann, Senior Outreach and Engagement Officer, National Assembly for Wales

Minutes:

2.1 Rhayna Mann, Senior Outreach and Engagement Officer, National Assembly for Wales introduced a video to Committee Members.


Meeting: 19/01/2017 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Alternative Community Broadband schemes - Digital infrastructure in Wales

Claire Brown, Sales & Marketing Director, Spectrum Internet

Giles Phelps, Managing Director, Spectrum Internet

Duncan Taylor, Ger-y-Gors Community Forum

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1  Claire Brown, Giles Phelps, Ray Taylor and Duncan Taylor answered questions from Committee Members


Meeting: 19/01/2017 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Mobile phone providers - Digital infrastructure in Wales

Hamish MacLoed, Director, Mobile UK

Paul James, Head of Public Affairs, Telefonica O2 UK

Dr Simon Miller, Head of Government & Regulatory Engagement, Three

Graham Dunn, Senior Government Affairs Manager, Vodafone

Richard Wainer, Head of Public Affairs, EE

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 Hamish MacLoed, Paul James, Graham Dunn and Richard Wainer answered questions from Committee Members


Meeting: 11/01/2017 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 IT experts - Digital infrastructure in Wales

Andrew Ferguson, thinkbroadband

Mark Donovan, Client Executive, Atos Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Andrew Ferguson and Mark Donovan answered questions from Committee Members


Meeting: 11/01/2017 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Small business representatives - Digital infrastructure in Wales

Charles de Winton, Rural Surveyor, Country Land and Business Association

Joshua Miles, Policy Manager, Federation of Small Businesses

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Charles de Winton and Joshua Miles answered questions from Committee Members


Meeting: 11/01/2017 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Industry regulator / Ofcom Cymru - Digital infrastructure in Wales

Rhodri Williams, Director Wales, Ofcom

Huw Saunders, Ofcom's Director of Telecoms and Networks, Ofcom

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Rhodri Williams and Huw Saunders answered questions from Committee Members


Meeting: 11/01/2017 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 Industry regulator / Ofcom Advisory Committee for Wales - Digital infrastructure in Wales

John Davies, Chair, Ofcom Advisory Committee for Wales

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

John Davies answered questions from Committee Members


Meeting: 23/11/2016 - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Digital infrastructure inquiry - scoping paper

Supporting documents:

  • Scoping paper

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee considered the scoping paper.