Our future networks: Motivating and maintaining telecoms diversification - the techUK podcast

 

Sophie James, Programme Manager – Communications Infrastructure and Services at techUK – is joined by the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, to discuss the recent publication of the report: 5G market diversification and wider lessons for critical and emerging technologies. The interview touches on the key recommendations in the report, particularly: what is needed to progress the 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy into a detailed plan with clear milestones; an alignment of the drive to diversify the market with the rollout of 5G; and the long-term measures needed to achieve interoperability. Plus, Greg Clark expands on what the UK’s role in the international telecommunications ecosystem might look like (specifically on standards); and the wider geopolitical challenges of supply chains and domestic research and development capability.  

The second part of the episode features a roundtable discussion with Attilio Zani – Telecom Infra Project, Peter Claydon - Picocom, and Helen Duncan. Our guests discuss the key area of activity identified in the 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy to accelerate open-interface solutions and deployment so that the UK’s mobile networks are not reliant on any single vendor. The conversation examines the potential of open and disaggregated networks, (including the challenges in deployment and security considerations); how 5G network architecture is a differentiator from previous generations of mobile networks; and to showcase the art of the possible for future telecoms networks (and indeed the future of the telecoms industry itself). 

Listen to the full episode for more insight on how the telecoms sector can further foster a cohesive ecosystem, filled with innovation, opportunity and setting the right path in motivating and maintaining telecoms diversification.  

Catch up with techUK's Diversifying Telecoms event series so far — plus, all of the guest insights and blogs for our March 2021 campaign week

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techUK's Communications Infrastructure Programme brings together government, the regulator, telecom companies and its stakeholders around four themes; shared infrastructure, security and resilience, unlicensed spectrum and our 5G ecosystem. We do so to lower the cost to the sector of deployment, ensure confidence in networks, spur innovation and unlock value for all parties in 5G. This is delivered through a mix of thought leadership, multilateral engagement and ecosystem building.

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Sophie James

Sophie James

Programme Manager, Communications Infrastructure and Services, techUK