Previously known as the 5G Ecosystem, the Advanced Communications Services Working Group examines the opportunities and benefits advanced communications services can offer to different industry verticals, such as manufacturing, transport, health and social care, media and agriculture. We take a technology neutral approach to exploring the private network ecosystem, acknowledging that user requirements remain front and centre in delivering telecoms services, rather than prescribe an architecture or solution. 

Following our Future Private Networks Week 2022, this meeting will be an opportunity to kick off the next phase of the Advanced Communications Services Group's work programme, in which we will discuss with techUK members: 

  • Spectrum access and licensing for private networks
  • The final outcomes of the DCMS 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme - Mohammad Lari, Head of Cross-Government and International Coordination, 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, DCMS
  • Sustainability and environmental benefits for PN adoption and digital transformation
  • Our policy and regulatory asks to help scale adoption and increase demand for advanced connectivity across enterprises and the public sector. 



Welcome and introductions 

Alan Nunn, CGI and Chair  


The final outcomes of the DCMS 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme – 10 min presentation and 5 min Q&A 

Mohammad Lari, Head of Cross-Government and International Coordination, 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, DCMS 


Member reflections on 5GTT 



Presentation on Phase Two of Advanced Communications Services Working Group – The Big Picture 


Alan Nunn, CGI and Chair 




techUK update - Advanced Communications for Energy System Transformation 

Teodora Kaneva, Head of Smart Infrastructure and Systems, techUK 


techUK update – Data Reform Bill and Smart Data proposals 

Dani Dhiman, Policy Manager, Data, techUK 


AOB and wrap-up 


If you have any questions about this Working Group, please get in touch with Sophie James

Private networks: a new user guide by techUK

Our #techUKPrivateNetworks campaign week celebrated the publication of a new user guide techUK has produced, to help prospective private networks customers, across enterprise and the public sector, understand the key benefits of adopting advanced connectivity in their organisations. The guide helps users as they formulate a business case for investing in enhanced private networks, and the key success factors. We also shine a spotlight on several case studies. 

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.

Download for free

Private network ecosystem: Management model - A new techUK guide

techUK's Advanced Communications Services Working Group created a new guide for organisations considering building out services using 5G networking technology entitled 'Private network ecosystem: Management model'

It introduces and describes the principles of neutral hosts, and then goes on to describe the architecture and ecosystem which supports the provision of shared services, particularly in the context of high capacity/low latency applications, which will drive 5G deployment. While this paper is focussed on 5G, many of the principles of neutral hosts, and the discussion of edge versus core provision will apply to other technologies such as Wi-Fi, including Wi-Fi 6.

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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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 EnterpriseCatherine Gull, Consultant at Cellnex and Dez O’Connor, Senior Manager at Cisco. Sophie also catches up with Mike Kennett, Senior Consultant & Head of Regulatory Affairs at Freshwave


Sophie James

Sophie James

Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy, techUK

Manuel R. Marti

Manuel R. Marti

Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, techUK

Julia Ofori-Addo

Julia Ofori-Addo

Programme Assistant, Central Government, Digital Connectivity Forum, Comms Infrastructure, UK SPF, , techUK