This conference focused on the future for UK mobile, looking at market dynamics, investment, spectrum allocation, infrastructure and technology development, as well as priorities for policy and regulation.
It was an opportunity to discuss key issues concerning the Wireless Infrastructure Strategy, and the level of mobile connectivity the UK will require in order to support the needs of consumers, businesses and public services into the future, including in the transport, education and healthcare sectors.
Stakeholders and policymakers assessed latest developments in M&A activity, related issues around competition, spectrum allocation and sharing, and how policy and regulation may need to adapt going forward.
In an increasingly complex landscape - bringing mobile and other adjacent markets together with new entrants, business models and commercial users - delegates looked at priorities for the investment environment and how to attract and incentivise finance for further development of connectivity, as well as discussion on the future of net neutrality.
Further sessions discussed infrastructure development, international partnerships, security, consumer priorities and the way forward for innovation. Finally, delegates considered use-cases and decision-making structures in the industry as it looks ahead to 6G.
We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Brian Potterill, Director, Mobile Network Strategy, Ofcom; and Hamish MacLeod, Director, Mobile UK - as well as contributions from BT, Assembly Research, Cambridge Wireless, DMSL, Preiskel & Co, Samsung Research UK; techUK; Three UK; and WM5G.
Overall, sessions in the agenda included:
- the mobile market: changing dynamics - emerging trends - key issues
- sector priorities: competition - M&A and the future shape of the sector - spectrum - infrastructure - priorities for policy and regulation
- investment: infrastructure and technology development - incentives - regulation - the future of net neutrality
- innovation: preparing for the future and 6G
The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from the Cabinet Office; CMA; DCMS; DBT; Department for the Economy; DfE; DfT; GLD; NAO; NCA; NCSC; NIC; Ofcom; Transport Scotland; UKSA; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.