Westminster eForum

5G rollout in the UK - network infrastructure, market development and coverage

Morning, Thursday, 23rd January 2020

Central London


This timely conference will consider next steps for 5G in the UK - and the positioning of this country in the global market for 5g development and services.

The conference takes place as the Government analyses the response to the consultation on its Statement of Strategic Priorities for Ofcom - which includes aspirations on 5G development and rollout.

Delegates will consider key priorities for driving the rollout of 5G network infrastructure across the UK, following the launch of 5G services by a number of network providers in several urban centres.

There will be discussion on tackling barriers, including issues around wayleaves and access to street furniture, as well as the potential role for the Neutral Host model of infrastructure provision.

The agenda also looks at spectrum allocation, in light of the upcoming 700MHz and 3.6 - 3.8GHz band auctions.

Further sessions will consider the development of the market for 5G services, including priorities for consumers.

We expect discussion on contract and handset pricing, as well as on network security and reliability.

The agenda will also bring out latest thinking on the long-term transformational potential of the latest generation of wireless technologies - examining potential use cases for 5G networks across the wider economy and its role in enabling technological innovation, including in areas such as immersive technologies, automation and robotics.

Keynote Speakers

Philip Marnick

Group Director, Spectrum, Ofcom

James Heath

Director, Digital Infrastructure, DCMS


Mark Stansfeld

Advisor, Three Mobile; Chairman, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Chairman, Worcestershire 5G

Diane Mullenex

Partner, Pinsent Masons

Sylvia Lu

Senior Technical Lead, 5G, u-blox and Advisory Board Member, UK5G Innovation Network

Stephen Speirs

Product Management Leader, Customer Experience, Cisco Systems and Member, Advisory Committee, Scotland, Ofcom

Dr Howard Benn

Head of Standards and Industrial Affairs, Samsung Electronics

Alastair Davidson

Director, Wireless Infrastructure Group and Advisory Board Member, UK5G Innovation Network

Wassim Chourbaji

Senior Vice-President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, EMEA, Qualcomm

Dr Helen Weeds

Senior Consultant, Charles River Associates and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Business School, Imperial College London

Regius Rahim Tafazolli

Director and Founder, Institute of Communication Systems and 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey

Richard Wainer

Policy and Public Affairs Director, Networks, BT