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This seminar considered next steps for 5G in the UK - and the positioning of this country in the global market for 5G development and services.
It took place following the Government’s publication of the final Statement of Strategic Priorities for Ofcom, including aspirations on 5G development and rollout.
Delegates considered key priorities for driving the rollout of 5G network infrastructure across the UK.
The conference followed:
- The announcement of £5bn in funding to support the rollout of gigabit-capable broadband and £30m of government funding to accelerate 5G rollout in rural areas;
- The announcement of a £1bn partnership between government and the mobile industry to tackle rural ‘not-spots’; and
- The launch of 5G services by a number of network providers in several urban centres.
Discussion took place on tackling barriers to infrastructure rollout, as well as the potential role for the Neutral Host model of infrastructure provision.
The agenda also looked at spectrum allocation, in light of the upcoming 700MHz and 3.6-3.8GHz band auctions.
There was discussion on:
- Key priorities for efficiently utilising available spectrum to deliver 5G services;
- The way forward for developing spectrum sharing and trading models between network providers; and
- The potential for spectrum defragmentation in the 3.4 - 3.8GHz band - following the Ofcom consultation.
Further sessions considered the development of the market for 5G services, including priorities for consumers.
Discussion took place on contract and handset pricing, as well as on network security and reliability.
The agenda also brought 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.