Working arrangements for uk spectrum policy forum 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. Purpose of the Spectrum Policy Forum – Plenary The Plenary and individual Cluster Groups will be open to all users of spectrum with the aim of promoting mutual understanding and collaboration across a full range of spectrum interests. The purpose of the plenary and cluster groups is to: build a shared and factually based understanding of "over the horizon" spectrum opportunities and threats (typically beyond 2020 timescales) to work together to identify the key issues which need to be resolved, including policy initiative, implementation plans and future changes to UK or international regulations which will enable spectrum-users to make the most of the opportunities and to minimise the threats review and debate key deliverables and recommendations from the work of the three SPF Cluster Groups, including external studies We will do this by: Discussing in plenary and cluster group meetings, and online forums Commissioning expert advice Engaging with Government to ensure Ministers have clear evidence to support action on issues identified by the SPF, and to inform Ministers on the implementation of the UK Spectrum Strategy Engaging with Government as they develop positions for WRC19 and subsequent WRCs Engaging with Ofcom to help inform their implementation of the Ofcom Spectrum Management Strategy within the UK Spectrum Strategy Purpose of the Spectrum Policy Forum – Steering Board Steering Board is composed primarily of volunteer sponsoring companies drawn from across the range of spectrum users, as well as senior Government and Ofcom representatives. The industrial sponsors also provide funding for the operation of the Forum to identify where expert advice is needed to inform priority issues then commission, fund and manage this end-to-end maintain a strategy on behalf of the wider Spectrum Policy Forum, and account for what is being achieved develop and deliver coherent messages to Government, Ofcom and key decision makers on priority issues develop the SPF work programme, addressing in context of known agendas of international bodies, to influence spectrum management decisions, working via Government and Ofcom and use In addition to Plenary meetings of the Forum, more detailed discussions are undertaken by three working groups: Cluster 1: Spectrum Demand and Availability Cluster 1 is focussed on discussing the impact of new services and technologies on future spectrum demand, and the continued availability of spectrum, across all users of spectrum. The objective is to discuss ‘longer term’ spectrum demand (i.e.typically 10 years and beyond). The top priorities we have identified for discussion in Cluster 1 during 2016/2017 build on the recommendations set out in the report on UK Spectrum Usage and Demand, authored by Real Wireless and published by the Spectrum Policy Forum during 2015. These key priorities include: future mobile broadband communications and 5G, programme making and special events (particularly audio PMSE), radio local area networks and small cell wireless technologies in the 5GHz band, and future internet of things-based connectivity. Over the course of 2016, Cluster 1 will debate how demands for spectrum within the key priority areas will emerge in the UK, and what issues these raises, in terms of possible changes in existing uses of spectrum and the associated implications. Some of the work may contribute to UK preparations for future ITU WRC agenda items where relevant. Finally Cluster 1 will consider the policy impacts of making more spectrum available, in a timely manner whilst keeping pace with technology developments, in order to identify the key issues that need to be resolved. Events and activities: Recent events include the workshop on Longer Term Use of UHF Spectrum (summary and slides) and upcoming events focus on How 5G will Emerge in the UK and 5GHz Workshop. Cluster 2/3: Access, Use and Value The joint Cluster 2/3 has the goal to capture current spectrum access mechanisms and look at future spectrum requirements & sharing mechanisms based on not only the demand for spectrum but also on economic & social value. The strategy has been defined as: Review primary Access mechanisms Review approaches to spectrum awards Identify primary and secondary uses of spectrum Understand the social and economic value of spectrum Leverage Cluster 1 input Review new 'sharing' approaches Recommend 'new/changed methods' to Government, Ofcom and Internationally Events and activities: Recent events include meetings on mmWave (slides available) and Public-Private sharing and upcoming events focus on mmWave Spectrum and Public Private Spectrum Sharing. Reports published by the UK Spectrum Policy Forum relevant to Cluster 2/3 are: the Future use of Licence Exempt Radio Spectrum, and Licensed Shared Access. Cluster 4: International Matters Cluster 4 was established at the beginning of 2016. Its focus is on international developments in spectrum policy, in the EU, CEPT and the ITU, and their potential impact on UK. It aims to provide a consolidated input to Ofcom and DCMS on the views and recommendations of UK stakeholders. The main topics for 2016 will be: The spectrum aspects of the European Commission’s review of the regulatory framework for electronic communications A review of the UK preparatory process for World Radiocommunication Conferences and international bodies. Events and Activities Cluster 4 has held two workshops on the parameters needed for 5G, for the coexistence studies to be carried out in ITU in preparation for WRC-19. This continue the material on 5G that was developed in the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and has been included in the ITU-R Report on “IMT Traffic estimates for the years 2020 to 2030. The conclusions of this work will be carried forward in the Ofcom preparatory group for the ITU meetings. It held a discussion meeting on the experiences of WRC-15, and developed recommendations for consideration by Ofcom and DCMS. Upcoming events will consider the summary report of the EC public consultation of the Regulatory Framework review and other related developments. The work of the clusters will be undertaken, in between plenary meetings, by correspondence and/or physical meetings as seen fit by cluster leader and members. Clusters will report back on its work at the subsequent plenary meeting of the Forum. An independent chairperson has been appointed to act as a high level ambassador for its outputs. Members of the Forum will contribute their time and efforts on a voluntary basis and on behalf of their organisations. The secretariat functions for the Forum will be provided by techUK.