UK SPF: Launch of mobile spectrum sharing priority projects

Date: Tuesday 16 July 2019 
Time: 14:30 - 16:30 (registration starts at 14:00)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride St, London EC4A 4AD

Cluster 2’s remit is to expand on spectrum access mechanisms (eg spectrum sharing) and look at future spectrum requirements.

Cluster 2 has a new chairman, Prof Stephen Temple, University of Surrey 5G IC, to take the spectrum sharing work into a new phase. There is a change in the air for mobile spectrum sharing in the UK, as debates on theoretical possibilities are being displaced by practical policy proposals from Ofcom and the Government.

Cluster 2 has much to offer in providing an industry view on how these policies can be put into practice in a way that is efficient, effective and works for everybody. Cluster 2 will focus on the priorities set for it by DCMS in the national interest, as the sponsor the Spectrum Policy Forum. The action plan is to turn these DCMS priorities into projects with deliverables and invite informal industry groupings to develop ideas.

Sitting underneath this new government interest in spectrum sharing is their "market expansion model" set out in their Future Telecommunications Infrastructure Review (FTIR). It essentially proposes geographic unbundling of spectrum between areas MNO's will cover (which will vary by band) from those that they won't but others may. In lower bands the opportunities for others to enter the market, if any, will be small but in much higher bands, the opportunities to enter the market via spectrum sharing will be substantial.


  1. Introduction, Three-point action plan – Stephen Temple, UK SPF Cluster 2
  2. DCMS view on priorities for Cluster 2 – Ed Freeman, DCMS
  3. Function Specification for Dynamic Spectrum Access – Prof Simon Saunders, Google
  4. Sharing the 26 GHz 5G pioneer band – Stephen Temple, University of Surrey 5G IC
  5. Indoor-Outdoor mobile Spectrum Sharing – Alastair Davidson, Wireless Infrastructure Group
  6. How a mobile spectrum loan process might work in practice – Chris Cheeseman, BT
  7. AOB and Next Steps

*Note – There are some informal “coalitions of the willing” already making a start on these items and there may be early results to present on the 16th. Otherwise the agenda item will be to settle the ambition.



  • Jo O'Riordan

    Jo O'Riordan

    Head of Spectrum Policy and Telecoms
    T 020 7331 2191

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