This QinetiQ white paper for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum considers what the UK needs to do to pursue its spectrum resilience objectives.
Radio spectrum access is critical - it underpins the UK’s economy and provides significant social value through the range of applications it supports. It is, therefore, part of the UK’s (soft) infrastructure and the access to it should be resilient and appropriate spectrum protection measures should be implemented by businesses and users. It is UK Government policy to have resilience in its Critical National Infrastructure, however, as spectrum access is pervasive, there is also a need to ensure that other key systems and services, in an increasingly integrated and interdependent society, are resilient.
This white paper, based on the outcomes of two UK Spectrum Policy Forum workshops (1, 2), first outlines the broad need for resilient systems and provides two examples that illustrate the potential ripple or cascade effects that disruptive effects could cause. These demonstrate the need to conduct system level testing to ensure that unexpected (ripple or cascade) effects can be understood and mitigated.
A further workshop on spectrum resilience will be held on Thursday 03 May 2018 at techUK.
Launched at the request of Government, the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (@UK_SPF) is the industry sounding board to Government and Ofcom on future spectrum management and regulatory policy with a view to maximising the benefits of spectrum for the UK. The Forum is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and already has over 240 member organisations. A Steering Board performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.