20 May 2022

The techUK podcast: Making the case for Private Networks


In this episode of the techUK podcast, we explore the topic of private networks for enterprise, specifically, how we can accelerate the deployment of private networks from beyond the testbed phase and drive adoption across industry and the public sector.  

The episode covers the key challenges for enterprise customers that the telecoms sector can address with advanced connectivity services, including 5G and Wi-Fi 6, and how we, the supplier base, can effectively deliver on the benefits of private networks. 

Sophie James, Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy at techUK, joins a conversation with Simon Parry, CTO at Nokia Enterprise, Catherine Gull, Consultant at Cellnex and Dez O’Connor, Senior Manager at Cisco. The conversation covers some of the lessons learned from early private network deployments, including the UK's 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, and the creativity and perseverance the telecoms sector exhibited to overcome early challenges. Simon, Catherine and Dez share their insight on how best to meet customers' requirements and user needs, and explore what development we might see in the private network market.

From 36:55, Sophie catches up with Mike Kennett, Senior Consultant & Head of Regulatory Affairs at Freshwave. Mike explains why enterprise customers are seeking more private network solutions today, and what developments from the past 2-3 years have taken place for this moment of opportunity. Sophie and Mike discuss spectrum access, technology options, and some of the Freshwave projects Mike has been involved in. 

'The techUK podcast: Making the case for Private Networks" discusses many of the themes and topics from techUK's Future Private Networks Week 2022, in which we celebrated the technology, innovation and expertise in the UK’s private networks sector, as we look to accelerate adoption, increase demand and help the UK realise the benefits of advanced connectivity for enterprise and the public sector. To help prospective users of advanced connectivity, techUK has produced two new guides: 

Private networks: a techUK user guide

Gain a clear understanding of the benefits of adopting private network technology for your business with this techUK user guide.

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Private network ecosystem: Management model

A technical guide by techUK for users of private networks, outlining how the ecosystem is managed. It outlines the architecture of edge native applications in the architecture of the ecosystem, the value chain and operating models, resilience, operations, and the role of Neutral Hosts. 

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Sophie James

Sophie James

Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy, techUK

Mia Haffety

Programme Manager - Telecoms and Net Zero, techUK

Tales Gaspar

Tales Gaspar

Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, techUK

Matthew Wild

Programme Assistant - Markets, techUK