The next meeting of the Telecoms Infrastructure and Deployment Working Group will take place on Thursday 20 October – the meeting will be hybrid, you can either book a ticket to attend in person at techUK’s offices, or online via MS Teams.




Welcome and introductions

Asa Caton, Business Development Director, WHP Telecoms - CHAIR


5G Rural Dorset/Wessex Digital Infrastructure Accelerator

David Happy, Managing Director, Telint


South London Partnership – Digital Infrastructure

Stacey McAdie, Digital Connectivity Lead, South London Partnership


Open discussion



techUK update – FTIR paper & government policy

Sophie James, Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy, techUK


2023 work plan




Asa Caton, Business Development Director, WHP Telecoms - CHAIR

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 the 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 a 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 directly 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 minutes by signing up to the TIS WG.

For any queries related to this work group meeting, please feel free to get in touch with the below Team:

Sophie Greaves

Sophie Greaves

Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy, techUK

Tales Gaspar

Tales Gaspar

Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, techUK

Matthew Wild

Programme Assistant - Markets, techUK