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5G rollout in the UK - infrastructure & spectrum, partnerships & security, and market outlook & potential economic contribution

By Amanda

Date / Time:
Thursday, 5th November 2020
08:30 to 13:00
Westminster Forum Projects
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This conference will examine the next steps for rolling out 5G networks and services in the UK.

The discussion at a glance:

  • addressing the challenges for rolling out 5G across the UK
  • infrastructure and spectrum
  • network security and future partnerships
  • 5G markets, use cases and innovation priorities
  • economic recovery - the potential role of 5G in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

Areas for discussion:

Rolling out 5G infrastructure and services

  • Huawei - implications of the ban on the company’s involvement in 5G development for the UK’s position as a leader in 5G, the cost of rollout delays, and new entrants and competition
  • spectrum - the likely impact of Ofcom’s planned award in the 700MHz and 3.6 - 3.8GHz bands on the development of 5G services, with bidding expected to begin in early 2021
  • efficiencies - opportunities for spectrum defragmentation while addressing concerns expressed in the telecoms sector
  • coverage - the way forward for achieving broad-based 5G across the whole of the UK:
    • collaboration - the role of the devolved governments and local authorities
    • policy and regulation - what more may be needed to ensure that 5G networks achieve a high percentage of coverage by both population and geographic area
    • local solutions - the role that rural communities can play in building their own 5G networks, with the launch of the 5G New Thinking project
  • the 5G Testbeds and Trials programme - latest developments:
    • funding - the announcement of a further £65m, including to encourage innovative use cases for 5G technologies across UK industries
    • the experience so far - what key lessons can be drawn


Network security

  • international technology partnerships - the current position, and the future of supply arrangements for the UK’s future 5G networks
  • the technology itself - ensuring that expected security benefits of 5G are realised


The 5G services market

  • B2B and B2C - strategies for marketing the offering for business and domestic users, and differential benefits compared to present-generation wireless networks
  • customer priorities - assessing key factors for pricing, reliability, speed and security, and the extent to which 5G offers potential for improvement in these areas
  • new entrants - what more needs to be done to support competition, innovation and opportunities for 5G businesses and suppliers of all scales in the market
  • opportunities - research, development and investment priorities and the range of potential future use cases for 5G B2B and B2C applications


5G and UK economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic

  • 5G’s role - the potential impact of improved and broadened digital and the UK’s economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic
  • the experience so far - what can learned the role played by digital infrastructure, including mobile and wireless networks, in the immediate response to the pandemic
  • the new normal - assessing the impact and permanence of changes in demand, including usage patterns, remote access and other uses of telecoms services associated services
  • preparing for future opportunities - what more is needed in order to ensure that the infrastructure is in place and can adapt to market changes


The agenda:

  • What has been learned so far from the testbeds and trials programme
  • Tackling the key challenges for rolling out 5G across the UK, and examining lessons and outcomes from the testbeds and trials programme
  • Priorities for securing the UK’s future 5G infrastructure
  • The role of international partnerships in the development of UK 5G networks
  • How can the response to the pandemic and trends that have emerged inform the UK's path to economic recovery? International lessons
  • Key priorities for spectrum allocation - enabling the development of 5G going forward
  • The future outlook for 5G markets, use cases and innovation


Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.


It is certainly the case with this seminar. Places have been reserved from the House of Commons, as well as by officials from DCMS; BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the CMAOfcom; the Ministry of DefenceDefra; the Department for International Trade; the Department for TransportHMRC; the Home Office; the Information Commissioner's Office; the Geospatial Commission; the Government Legal Department; the UK Space Agency; the National Crime AgencyNCSC; the Department for the Economy, NI; the Office of the Secretary of State for WalesThe Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.


This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!