Spectrum demand for verticals - The role of government departments ​

Getting the right spectrum in the hands of different vertical sectors requires cooperation across a mix of different organisations - government, regulators and businesses themselves. Those that drive the requirements businesses, public sector and other sectors are responding to their own market need and vary from healthcare, transport, utilities and broadcasting, all of which use spectrum in different ways given the different needs.

Although there are distinct differences for the requirements across the verticals there is a need at the very highest level, within government to understand or better still collaborate when it comes to supporting these verticals and developing policy. For example, DCMS is leading the policy for 5G and telecoms infrastructure but this has an impact on all other departments including Department for Transport, BEIS and the NHS. How does this get resolved?

We cannot assume that government departments always communicate and cooperate and where this has not occurred conflicting policy has emerged.  This creates uncertainty within industry and as we move into the 5G era the use of next generation networks and demand for spectrum by these vertical sectors is becoming increasingly important. Therefore, how do we bridge the gap between the verticals and increasingly the multi-government departments they need to engage with such that there is clear and unambiguous policy to support the future connectivity needs for the UK as a whole.

This workshop aimed provide perspectives from government departments and respective verticals and specifically understand requirements in terms expectations from policy goals, investment certainty and future engagement.

Key topics explored:

  • What are the demands for spectrum from major public policy areas such as health and transport?
  • How do government departments work together for common policy goals on spectrum?
  • What are the opportunities for industry in helping departments meet their objectives?
  • Examples of how conflicting policy impacts industry


  • Jane Humphreys, techUK 
  • (SLIDES) Sonia Carrera, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 
  • Nina Gaubert, Department for Transport 
  • Paul Corkrum, Department of Health and Social Care's Ambulance Radio Programme 

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