Telecommunications networks are the backbone of a digitised and data-driven economy, and their resilience and security are crucial to the public, government and industry. There have been recent moves in the UK and Japan to strengthen the security of public telecoms networks, which are undergoing a period of rapid technological change.

While the UK has recently introduced 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy  to build a more competitive telecoms supply market by attracting new suppliers into the UK market and accelerating the development open-interface services such as Open RAN, the Japanese government has partnered with mobile operators and suppliers on the deployment of Open RAN-based 5G networks for commercial operations.

Both the UK and Japan recognise the importance of having secure and resilient telecommunications networks, as part of their critical national infrastructure. In the recent announcement on Telecommunications Supplier Diversity, both countries have committed to strengthen cooperation on efforts to diversify the technology used in telecoms networks. The lack of diversity of suppliers in the telecommunications equipment market is a global issue and requires a collaborative approach of a wide range of international stakeholders. Diversification also presents a significant market opportunity for innovative companies, both established and emerging, in open and disaggregated network architectures. 

At this techUK meeting, we will discuss the common threads of both countries’ policy approaches to promoting diversification; accelerating the development of interoperable equipment and open interfaces, such as Open RAN; priorities for future communications technologies; and R&D and industry collaboration opportunities in both the UK and Japan.

Agenda:

9:00-9:10: Welcome & Opening remarks, techUK

9:10-9:25: the UK perspective, Francesca Lamarque, Head of International and Standards, Telecoms Diversification, DCMS

9:25-9:40:  Akio Tanaka, Deputy Counsellor, Global Strategy Bureau, MIC

9:40-10:10: Roundtable discussion

10:10-10:15: AOB


For more information, please contact the below Team:

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, DCF, Financial Services, CISG, UK SPF, Nations and Regions, techUK

Jana Psarska

Jana Psarska

Policy Manager, International Trade, techUK

Sabina Ciofu

Sabina Ciofu

Associate Director – International, techUK

Neil Ross

Neil Ross

Associate Director, Policy, techUK