In looking back on a fantastic Good to Great Connectivity for the UK campaign week, the overriding impression is the fantastic level of ambition within the existing work and vision of the sector. From augmented reality, predictive modelling and gigabit cities, the UK’s best and brightest are leading work that have the potential to dramatically change how we live and work.
As the UK looks towards a post-Brexit environment, UK Government’s objective and competitive differentiator will be in putting the UK “at the forefront of the global technology revolution”. Key to realising this aim is technology, and communication and connectivity which underpin the recently published Spring Budget, 5G Strategy, Industrial Strategy and Digital Strategy.
A key strand in fast tracking UK economic growth is in incentivising investment and innovation to enable world class digital connectivity across the UK - in Transport Corridors and Urban & Rural Connectivity, through Communications Resiliency and the right Regulatory Environment to enable the Emergence of New Applications of Communications & Connectivity.
As the UK trade association for the digital technologies industries, techUK’s Communications Infrastructure Programme is already undertaking a number of initiatives that will contribute to the aim of driving investment and innovation to enable world class digital connectivity in the UK:
- Transport Corridors: techUK is bringing together the telecom and ICT industry stakeholders, wireless technology suppliers and academia to provide cross-industry expertise on improved digital connectivity for rail operations, in collaboration with DfT, Network Rail, Association of Train Operators (Rail Delivery Group) and RSSB.
- Industry-Local Government roundtables: techUK is launching a series of Industry-Local Government roundtables – the first of which is on 17 March - aimed at building mutual understanding and collaboration (eg. on planning permissions and way leaves) to pave the way for the new communications infrastructure such as 5G and fibre networks.
- Communications Resiliency: Having recently released recommendations on spectrum infrastructure resiliency, techUK is undertaking a series of Communications Resiliency workshops. Having looked at the Importance of Communications Resiliency in Enabling Mass Cloud Adoption, the next workshop will consider What Infrastructure and Facilities does the UK need to Pursue its Spectrum Resilience, Innovation and Policy Objectives? on the 3rd May.
- techUK-Ofcom Forum: this bi-lateral forum is set up to provide a high level strategic forum to discuss matters of keen interest to members relating to the UK’s regulatory environment.
- 5G technology and markets: techUK has worked with members which provide a range of communications infrastructure to develop the report 5G: New Services, New Customers, New Challenges which highlights why 5G matters, the services and use cases which 5G is designed to address, as well as the obstacles to address if the UK is to be a 5G leader.
- UK Spectrum Policy Forum: highlighted in the 5G Strategy, the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is the pro-active industry-led sounding board to UK Government and Ofcom on future policy and approaches on spectrum and promotes the role of spectrum in society and the maximisation of its economic and social value to the UK.
- Building for broadband: Working with the buildings and facilities community later in 2017, techUK will facilitate a greater degree of shared understanding and collaboration between the communications industry, and the buildings and facilities sectors on how building(s) can be made more conducive to broadband.
techUK will shortly be launching our vision for Good to Great Digital Connectivity for a World Class Economy. Get involved in techUK’s Communications Infrastructure Programme.
Blog by Skye MacLeod, Programme Manager for techUK's "Good to Great Connectivity for the UK" Week.
More information is available on techUK’s Future Connected Rail activities.