19 January 2021 2pm – 4pm Market briefing Online

A key area of focus in the government’s 5G supply chain diversification strategy is to accelerate open-interface solutions and deployment so that the UK is not reliant on any single vendor; the first step in realising a long-term vision for a more open and innovative telecoms market.  

This innovative market appears likely to be spurred on by the significant growth in the deployment of private networks. ABI Research estimates that private cellular deployments driven by heavy industry verticals (manufacturing, energy, and logistics) will generate revenues of over £24 billion by 2030, crystallised by the need to automate mission-critical use cases.  

Private networks are an important innovation in helping to unlock the value that 5G can deliver. They can also be at the forefront of the UK’s push to diversify its supply chain through disaggregated networks in both the core and RAN. Often unencumbered by legacy equipment and requiring greater flexibility than is offered by public mobile networks, private networks could be at the forefront of this diversification push while enhancing their own offering of resilience, innovation and quality.  

Our next Diversifying Telecoms event will explore the innovation in private networks for enterprise and how this might accelerate the development of next generation mobile network architectures, including Open RAN.  

The event will explore:  

  • The potential for private networks to lead the way on supply chain diversification 

  • Enterprise “must haves” that private 5G networks can deliver such as flexibility, reliability, and security 

  • How the growth of private networks and “non-traditional” mobile network operators can inform the policy discussion developing domestic capability 

Speakers confirmed:

  • Roger Jones, Cradlepoint 

  • Julie Bradford, Real Wireless

  • William Webb, Webb Search Limited

  • Dean Bubley, Disruptive Analysis



Welcome and introductions 

Sophie James, techUK 


Keynote: 5G Private Networks for Enterprises 

Roger Jones, Solution Architect, EMEA Cradlepoint 


Convergence of private and wide area cellular networks – a force for or against diversification? 

Julie Bradford, Managing Consultant in Techno-Economic Assessment of Wireless Options, Real Wireless 


Enterprise 5G networks: Can they deliver the political 5G objectives? 

Professor William Webb, Consultant, Webb Search Limited 


Private networks: Diversifying demand for 5G infrastructure is a good way to improve diversification of supply and encourage new vendors 

Dean Bubley, Disruptive Analysis 


Q&A and panel discussion 



Wrap-up and close 

Sophie James, techUK 


Jo O'Riordan

Jo O'Riordan

Head of Spectrum Policy and Telecoms, techUK

Sophie James

Sophie James

Programme Manager, Communications Infrastructure and Services, techUK

Julia Ofori-Addo

Julia Ofori-Addo

Programme Assistant, Broadband Stakeholder Group