Diversifying Telecoms: Options for the UK

techUK is running a series of events on diversification in the UK telecoms market. The first, focusing on Open RAN’s technological evolution, can be found here.

The Government’s recent decision to remove Huawei from the UK’s 5G networks by 2027 was accompanied by the announcement of a three-pronged approach to diversification. This is to ensure that the UK is not left depending solely on the other two major telecoms vendors – Ericsson and Nokia – who can provide products from 2G to 5G. 

The key tenets of the strategy are to encourage current scale telecoms vendors not present in the UK market to enter as well as exploring new technology approaches such as Open RAN. 

Whilst Open RAN equipment is still sub-1% of global telecoms sales, this approach could allow the break-up of the traditional monolithic telecoms architecture into interoperable sub-systems, with different vendors providing differing parts of the system.

Not only could this dramatically improve the resilience of the UK’s vendor supply base and spur innovation, it could also open the way for the UK to lead in the development of this global trend. 

The event will focus on: 

  • What are the UK Government plans for increasing the diversity of our telecoms supply base?
  • What are the potential policy drivers that can be used to do so?
  • The UK's ambitions to invest in and deploy Open RAN technology

If you are interested in presenting at this event please contact Matthew Evans.

Agenda: 

 

1230 – 1235  

Opening and scene setting 

Jo O’Riordan – techUK   

1235 – 1255 

What is the role of Open RAN in the UK market?  

Neil McRae, MD & Chief Architect – BT  

1255 – 1315  

Driving Transformation in the UK Telecoms Market 

Barry Walsh, Head of Sales for Samsung Networks in UK and Ireland – Samsung 

1315 – 1330  

CrowdCell: Radical RAN Diversification through Commodity Hardware 

Ebrahim Bushehri, CEO – Lime Microsystems 

1330 – 1340 

5G Private Networks and Open RAN

Peter Curnow-Ford, Quortus  

1340 – 1355 

Title tbc 

Sachin Katti, VP Telco Strategy – VMWare  

1355 – 1400  

Close  

techUK 

 

THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE VIRTUALLY - JOINING DETAILS WILL BE SENT SEPARATELY TO YOUR BOOKING CONFIRMATION, NEARER THE START DATE. If you have any questions, please email Sophie James.

  • Sophie James

    Sophie James

    Programme Manager | Communications Infrastructure and Services
    T 020 7331 2038
  • Jo O'Riordan

    Jo O'Riordan

    Head of Spectrum Policy and Telecoms
    T 020 7331 2191
  • Matthew Evans

    Matthew Evans

    Director | Markets
    T 020 7331 2034

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