The first meeting of 2022 for the Telecoms Infrastructure and Deployment Working Group, the home of telecoms network rollout at techUK, covering both fixed and mobile infrastructure.


  • Project Gigabit update — Matt Agar, BDUK Strategy Director, DCMS & Laura Battisegola, Commercial Director (CS), BDUK, DCMS 
  • Sunderland Smart City — Liz St. Louis, Director of the Smart City initiative, Sunderland City Council; Andrew Conway, BAI Communications; Mavenir
  • Mobile infrastructure and deployment view of 2022 — Speaker TBC
  • ECC reform (Product Security and Telecoms Infrastructure Bill) and techUK engagement — Sophie James, techUK

The Working Group is led by Asa Caton, Business Development Director at WHP Telecoms Limited, and emphasises the uptake of the deployment of fibre and radio networks through engagement and collaboration with local authorities, working with techUK’s Local Government Programme, creating a forum all stakeholders to convene and share knowledge and best practice.

Our focus will be on the rollout of fibre and radio (including 4G and 5G) across the UK’s nations and regions, covering key policy from UK Government (Project Gigabit/Outside In; Barrier Busting, reform of the Electronic Communications Code; business rates relief), and major projects like the Shared Rural Network, the Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator and Fibre in Water.  

We want to ensure the telecoms industry is supported by the UK Government, as our sector makes significant investment in advanced connectivity, and that all stakeholders and industry players are aligned on closing the digital divide between rural and urban areas.  

The Working Group will also examine innovation in the telecoms infrastructure space, such as asset sharing, digital mapping, neutral host networks, and small cell deployment. Satellite will also be considered as a connectivity solution, either direct to users or as part of the backhaul solution.

This meeting is open to all techUK members engaged in the Communications Infrastructure and Services and Local Public Services Programmes. Members can view the previous minutesby signing up to the TIS WG

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the team below. 

Sophie James

Sophie James

Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy, techUK

Julia Ofori-Addo

Julia Ofori-Addo

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