25 Jun 2021

UK SPF Cluster 3: Spectrum Sharing

The next session in this series of spectrum sharing focused events will be in July (specific date TBC).

This Cluster 3 session took place on Friday 18 June 2021 under Chatham House rule.

Cluster 3 has taken on the remit within SPF of work on spectrum sharing (this previously sat in Cluster 2). DCMS has asked Cluster 3 to review spectrum sharing in the UK and the extent to which current shared spectrum access is creating the right conditions for new players to provide innovative 5G services.

Three workshops will consider this question, the first of which took place on Friday 18 June 2021 and looked at 5G services / use cases and their spectrum requirements.

Five main questions were posed to delegates - if you have comments please get in touch:

  1. What use cases are likely to emerge and when?
  2. What are their spectrum requirements (bands, amount of spectrum)?
  3. What security of access is needed?
  4. What flexibility is possible for the demand case?
  5. Will shared access work and under what conditions?


Tony Lavender and William Webb's slides Tony Sceales, DCMS


This workshop will be followed to two more (dates TBC):

-  the second workshop will look at options for shared spectrum supply, potential barriers to sharing and measures implemented by Ofcom to enable sharing;

- the third will focus on the role of DSA and recommendation around its introduction in the UK.

Jo O'Riordan

Jo O'Riordan

Head of Spectrum Policy and Telecoms, techUK

Jo leads the work of the UK SPF, the sounding board to government and Ofcom on medium to long-term spectrum issues in the UK and supports the delivery of the Communication Infrastructure Programme.

Prior to her appointment in 2018 Jo held positions at Islington Council, the Industry and Parliament Trust, Inside Government, and most recently at Smart Energy GB in policy and public affairs role. Here Jo predominately oversaw the organisations engagement with MPs and local government alongside external speaking opportunities.

Outside of work Jo likes spending as much time as possible with her dog Fudge, as well as cooking, watching live comedy, and running (but not that far or that fast). 

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020 7331 2191

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Julia Ofori-Addo

Julia Ofori-Addo

Programme Assistant, BSG, Central Government, Financial Services Team, Comms Infrastructure, techUK

Julia Ofori-Addo supports the Broadband Stakeholder Group, Central Government, Financial Services and Communications Infrastructure with administrative and event support, research and communication.

Julia is bilingual – German and English native. Prior to joining techUK, Julia worked as an IT Team Administrator at Interxion Ltd (data center) supporting and coordinating teams with the Incident Management Protocols (IMP), auditing and reporting procedures and processes and assisting senior management with various secretarial/administrative duties. She has exceptional experience in handling and updating in-house database systems and a proven track record of demonstrating strong interpersonal skills.

Julia is a graduate at the University of Kent with a BSc in Computer Science and Business Administration. In her personal time, she enjoys current affairs discussions, going to the gym and travelling.

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