Strategy for uk spectrum policy forum

uk spectrum policy forum for print

Launched in September 2013 by Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy. The purpose of the Spectrum Policy Forum is to be a pro-active industry-led 'sounding board' to UK Government and Ofcom on future policy and approaches on spectrum and a cross—industry 'agent' for promoting the role of spectrum in society and the maximisation of its economic and social value to the UK.

Our long term goals are to maximise the contribution of spectrum to UK ambitions on economic growth and societal improvements by

  • highlighting the inherent (and sometimes hidden) contribution of spectrum to the economy – in particular its role in tackling the big challenges facing society in the next 10-15 years
  • facilitating innovation in (access to and use of) spectrum
  • updating the framework for socioeconomic valuation of spectrum
  • opening up millimetre wave bands for greater commercial exploitation
  • enabling greater access to public sector spectrum
  • enabling more spectrum sharing (including licence-exempt bands) by bringing greater understanding of the scope, obstacles and incentives for sharing

  

During 2016/17 we will focus on

 

1. providing a positive influence on the UK position within the EU and ITU:

  • developing the multi-sector understanding of key issues for WRC19 and WRC23 – particularly IMT (5G), 5GHz RLAN extension and UHF review
  • promoting positions which support the interests of UK businesses and their customers as the EU considers changes to the spectrum aspects of the regulatory framework
  • working with Government and Ofcom to improve even further how together we secure international agreements that enable the UK to capitalise on the value of spectrum


2. being an effective advocate for spectrum users with Government to ensure that spectrum remains high on their agenda:

  • advocating the role of spectrum in addressing the big challenges facing society in the next 10-15 years– eg. economic growth, ageing population/ health, climate change, transport, security etc and pressing the case for a substantial initiative on what spectrum does for the country.
  • demonstrating the importance of spectrum in enabling business and the UK economy
  • developing the ideas on assessment of social value as well as economic value


3. progressing our longer-term goals:

  • exploring the opportunities for using the millimetre wave bands for IMT and other applications
  • working with Government to liberate more value from bands currently managed by the public sector
  • developing protocols for equipment which support more efficient use of spectrum

 

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