UK SPF - Cluster 3: Social and Economic Value (2)

Date: Tuesday 31 July 2018
Time: 15:00 - 17:00 (registration from 14:30)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Tony Lavender, CEO, Plum Consulting LLP

In 2012 DCMS published a report on the Impact of radio spectrum on the UK economy and factors influencing future spectrum demand. In 2014 the government published the UK spectrum strategy, which set a vision for use of spectrum to double its annual contribution to the economy by 2025 through offering business the access it needs to innovate and grow, and everyone in the UK the services they need to live their lives to the full. In 2015 the government commissioned an expert report on incorporating social value into spectrum allocation decisions. Against this backdrop Cluster 3 held a workshop on 29th March 2018 on economic and social value of spectrum. The workshop had two broad aims: to review developments since publication of the 2012 report; and to gather inputs from the spectrum using community on factors the government should consider when carrying out future studies on the social and economic impact of spectrum on the UK. Cluster 3 believes it is important to consider these issues now and is supportive of government carrying out a new study to assess progress to the vision set for 2025.

In the March workshop, Philip Bates from Analysys Mason, an author of the 2012 report, presented on its findings and provided reflections on them in the light of developments since publication. William Webb provided inputs on the development of spectrum using services and in particular use of licence exempt spectrum, including sharing and white space technologies. Steve Jones from Avanti set out views from the satellite community on value of spectrum. Lastly, Mike Wilkinson, who is an independent consultant from New Zealand provided some international input and lessons. This next workshop continues the development of sector inputs with contributions on broadcasting, defence and amateur radio. Presenters will provide a view on the contribution of their sectors, likely developments and methodological aspects they believe should be taken into account in any future work.

The output of the workshops will be summarised in a short report, which will draw attention to issues Cluster 3 believes government should consider when undertaking a future study.

Agenda:

  1. Introduction and update from previous workshop, Tony Lavender
  2. Spectrum user perspectives on value
    • Broadcasting – Helen Charles, BBC
    • Defence – Lisa Roper, MOD
    • Amateur radio – Ian Shepherd, RSGB
  3. Panel discussion (All)
  4. Next steps 

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here. SPF workshops are held under Chatham House Rule to enable cross-industry collaborative discussion.

"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed."

 

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