27 March 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
A set of industry organisations has launched a UK government-backed group to support the development and adoption of 5G mobile services.
The new group, the UK5G innovation network, brings together
organisations across the 5G ecosystem, including researchers,
technology providers, investment, regulators and vertical
"UK5G is a wonderful opportunity for industry and our research
base to work hand in hand with Government to help promote the
development of 5G, through test bed and trials funding,
policy-making and network support," said Rosalind Singleton,
chair of the group’s advisory board. She also
chairs UK Broadband, a subsidiary of Three UK.
UK5G is a consortium partnership between Cambridge Wireless,
Knowledge Transfer Network and TM Forum. Cambridge Wireless is
a Cambridge-based international community for companies
involved in the research, development and application of
wireless and mobile, internet, semiconductor and software
technologies. The Knowledge Transfer Network was set up by
Innovate UK to help to deliver economic growth.
Catherine Michel, CTO of Sigma
Systems and one of the new advisory board members, said:
"Service providers in the UK are faced with a digital
transformation imperative to which they must respond. The
UK’s roll-out of 5G is a critical process that
will impact how service providers will strategically develop
their network and operations and manage product innovation to
thrive in the new digital economy."
UK5G says it plans to "build and nurture a community that
brings together industry, researchers and research
organisations, the public sector, entrepreneurs, innovators and
end users to accelerate the UK’s development and
take-up of 5G". It aims to be "an up-to-date information source
for industry; a clear location for research, technology and
industry collaboration; and an attractive offer for overseas
businesses wishing to understand the advantages of investment
into the UK and its test-bed network".
Other members include Mike Short, formerly of
Telefónica UK and now with the UK
government’s Department for International
Knowledge Transfer Network