The UK Spectrum Policy Forum, the industry-led sounding board to Government and Ofcom, launches the first in a series of reports on UK Spectrum Usage and Demand.
Based on research from independent experts Real Wireless and drawing on the inputs of a panel of contributors for each sector, this report includes views on the importance of spectrum as a national resource from the space, utilities, business radio, meteorology and mobile industries.
The report was launched at techUK, the leading voice for the UK technology industry, with a keynote speech by Philip Marnick, Group Director, Spectrum Policy Group, Ofcom followed by a panel debate with some of the report's authors and contributors from the industry sectors.
UK Spectrum Usage and Demand sets out the spectrum needs of different sectors in relation to their contributions to social and economic value. As such, the report reflects the sometimes contradictory priorities from different industries, with the aim of fostering open discussion and mutual understanding.
The key sector trends identified by the Real Wireless report are:
• Public Mobile: increasing data consumption will put pressure on spectrum allocations, and change how spectrum is used by the sector.
• Utilities: the move toward 'smart' utilities will drive a move away from reliance on wireless, toward a combination of networks that can provide the necessary security and resilience.
• Business Radio: demand for always-on connectivity and increasing data usage are driving the move to digital radio. The nature of these communications requires a high level of resilience, and for some users this translates into a desire for dedicated spectrum bands in mission-critical scenarios.
• Space: a growth area for the UK, this sector needs to preserve and secure existing spectrum holdings and seek expansion opportunities to maintain innovation and investment.
The full report is available to download by completing the form at the bottom of this page.
The press release with statements from Raj Sivalingam, Executive Director of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and Professor Simon Saunders, Director of Technology at Real Wireless is available here.
To find out more, please get in touch with Raj Sivalingam, Executive Director of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (@UK_SPF) :