Developing a London-wide connectivity approach

Everyone recognises how essential digital connectivity is for business and consumers. National governments and City authorities the world over want to encourage investment in deploying more fibre, not just into every premise but also to support tomorrow’s 5G networks. In urban areas, those 5G networks will require greater access to street furniture and other assets than previous generations of mobile technology have.

London is likely to be the first city operators will want mass deployment of 5G in, yet also has 33 Local Authorities (plus Transport for London for London’s Strategic Road Network) with differing approaches to making their assets available. An agreed way of working, and a more coordinated approach would reduce unnecessary delay in rolling out 5G in London.

In light of the Electronic Communications Code, and issues around Wireless Concession Models, we need to consider what options are now available to match operators’ planned 5G deployments with the availability of Council assets.

techUK is therefore delighted to be working with the GLA on this workshop to bring together Boroughs and telecommunications providers to explore the options for making available Council assets to support potential 5G deployment requirements, and to arrive at an approachable way of working closely together. This workshop will have presentations from both boroughs and telecommunications providers and will consider options for the use of street furniture going forwards.


14:00 - 14:10 techUK - Welcome and Housekeeping

14:10 - 14:20 Theo Blackwell, GLA - 5G/London Plan/Smarter London Together

14:20 - 14:30 View from London Boroughs – Westminster

14:30 - 14:40 View from London Boroughs - Tower Hamlets

14:40 - 14:50 View from providers – Ali Akhtar, Head of Acquisition and Contracts BT

14:50 - 15:00 View from providers – Duncan Wall, Business Development Director, Arqiva

15:00 - 15:10 Break

15:10 - 16:00 Workshop 1 – Ways of working 
Identifying examples of good practice, key lessons learnt to date, issues for consideration, and practicalities of enabling access to assets. ​

16:00 - 16:50 Workshop 2 – Horizon scanning
What would ideal access to assets look like in the future? What is going to be needed for 5G? How do we better align digital transformation?

16:50 – 17:00 - Wrap Up

  • Georgina Maratheftis

    Georgina Maratheftis

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