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Delivering 5G in the UK - progress and lessons so far, market development, supply chain diversification, innovation, partnerships, infrastructure, and coverage

Morning, Friday, 10th December 2021

This conference will examine priorities for the rollout and adoption of 5G in the UK - including the implementation of the 5G Supply Chain Diversification strategy, improving coverage, the future of regulation and innovation, and next steps for research and development.

It will be a timely opportunity to consider progress made towards achieving the Government’s ambition for the majority of the population to have access to 5G by 2027, as well as coordination with wider policy ambitions for reducing digital inequalities for individuals, communities, and within regional economies.

Delegates will also consider 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 keynote contributions from: Robert Driver, Head, UK5G; Tony Sceales, Head of Programme Development, 5G Programme, DCMS; 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 to 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

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the DCMS; the DfT; the DIT; the Department for the Economy, NI, the GLD; HMRC; HM Treasury; the National Crime Agency; Ofcom; Transport Scotland; the UK Space Agency; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Mike Short

Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for International Trade

Keynote Speakers

Tony Sceales

Head of Programme Development, 5G Testbeds and Trials, DCMS

Dr Mike Short

Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for International Trade

Robert Driver

Head, UK5G


Regius Professor Rahim Tafazolli

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


Luis Lopez

Director, Regulation, Competition and Markets, Three

Councillor Obaida Ahmed

Cabinet Member for Digital City, City of Wolverhampton Council

Jon Freeman

Strategic Growth Director, Cellnex UK

Simon Blagden

Chair, Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council

Mark Marfé

Legal Director, Pinsent Masons

Dr Dritan Kaleshi

Director of 5G Technology, Digital Catapult

Dr Howard Benn

VP Communications Research, Samsung Electronics UK

Paul Morris

Head of Government Affairs, Vodafone