Morning, Friday, 10th December 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine the priorities for the rollout and adoption of 5G in the UK - including implementation of the 5G Supply Chain Diversification strategy, improving coverage, the future of regulation, and innovation and the next steps for research and development.
It will be a timely opportunity to consider progress on the Government’s ambition for the majority of the population to have access to 5G by 2027, and coordination with wider policy ambitions for reducing digital inequalities for individuals, communities, and within regional economies.
Delegates will also consider recent developments around innovation, such as the adoption of Open RAN and Ofcom’s Supporting the UK’s Wireless Future strategy.
We are pleased to be able to include contributions from: Robert Driver, Head, UK5G; Dr Howard Benn, VP Communications Research, Samsung Electronics UK; Dr Dritan Kaleshi, Head of Technology - 5G, Digital Catapult; Dr Michael Short, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for International Trade; and Regius Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Director and Founder, Institute of Communication Systems and 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey.
Sessions in the agenda include:
- delivering 5G in the UK - progress, priorities for policy and stakeholders, and learning from the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme
- supporting UK development and innovation
- the 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy - Open RAN adoption, resilience and security, and accessibility top the supply chain for new entrants
- facilitating R&D, fostering innovation, and developing industry partnerships
- international uptake of 5G and the potential for growth and collaboration for the UK
- infrastructure development and broadening coverage - tackling the key challenges for rolling out 5G across the UK and enhancing consumer experience
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with key stakeholders from the mobile, telecoms and technology sector, their advisors and suppliers, data professionals, technologists, consultants, lawyers, organisations and individuals representing the views of consumers and citizens, academics, educational and research institutions, and reporters from the national and specialist media..
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript 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!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference