On Wednesday 12 October 2022, the UK Spectrum Policy Forum will be hosting a hybrid Cluster 2 workshop to present the draft findings from the recently commissioned report into spectrum market mechanisms.

At this open-to-all event, we will be bringing together Analysys Mason – who have carried out the independent report – and William Webb, on behalf of the peer review team, as well as the wider UK spectrum community.

Join us and contribute to the discussion! This hybrid workshop will be a fantastic opportunity to engage and share your views with Analysys Mason on the case for modernising the market mechanism tools.


Several decades ago, the UK saw the emergence of one of the biggest revolutions in spectrum management: “Market mechanisms” would determine the most economically efficient use of spectrum.

A report published by the government in 2002, called “The Cave Report”, provided the intellectual foundation for the three principal spectrum market mechanisms, namely spectrum auctions, spectrum pricing, and spectrum trading.

Since 2002, there have been profound changes in mobile technology, the market, mobile services and the global supply chain. But the market mechanism tools have hardly changed.

As a result of these changes, there have been claims in recent years that the market mechanism tools currently in use are no longer making a significant contribution to the economic spectrum efficiency, particularly for mobile licensed spectrum. 

Looking ahead

Earlier this year, the UK SPF comissioned a fact-based independent study to explore futher these issues and help inform decisions made by the UK government and regulator in determining what the next decades of spectrum regulation could look like.  

At this Cluster 2 workshop on 12 October, Analysys Mason will present their findings as part of this commissioned study, as well as a report by the challenge team, who have peer reviewed the study. The workshop will also offer the opportunity for attendees to hear the evidence and express their views on the case for modernising the market mechanism tools.  

The session will be conducted under Chatham House rule. 

This will be a hybrid event, with a limited number of in-person spaces being available on a first-come-first-served basis, so be sure to book your place now. 

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