Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Access Devices Limited

  Access Devices wishes to submit the following with regard to progress towards universal internet and digital television broadcast access in the UK.

  Access Devices designs and manufactures a range of internet access and digital television broadcast decoding equipment. Our devices are broadly recognised as offering the services consumer what they want at very low cost. Although we are currently a small business, our wide range of industry-leading partners is testament to the credibility of our technology; we have attached a selection of recent technology and national press cuttings to affirm our integrity.

  We wish to submit that the cost of manufacturing such systems is almost certainly below the Committee's current expectations and set to fall further.

  Access Devices will shortly begin production of an internet access plus free-to-air digital decoder set-top box that will cost less than $100 to manufacture. We believe that this cost will fall by as much as 60 per cent over the next four years and suggests that by 2005 we could manufacture one system for universal internet access and digital television reception for approximately $40.

  Access Devices wishes to play an active role in the debate; we will be meeting with the BBC shortly and would be pleased to provide written or oral submissions to the Committee.

5 December 2001

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