UK5G launches today (Monday 26th March) to support the development of the UK as a global leader in the development and adoption of 5G.¬†
Endorsed and funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the UK5G innovation network¬†brings together organisations across the 5G eco-system, including our world-class research base, technology providers,¬†investment, regulators and, crucially, vertical industry partners yet to appreciate the benefits of next generation¬†connectivity.
Specifically, UK5G will:
‚Ä¢ 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‚Äôs development and take-up of 5G
‚Ä¢ Share the knowledge and lessons of emerging 5G R&D activities
‚Ä¢ Enable new introductions and collaborations between technologists, potential new entrants and major industrial¬†adopters
‚Ä¢ Identify key developments, opportunities, innovation challenges, and barriers to adoption
‚Ä¢ Provide 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
‚Ä¢ In partnership with Government, support inward and outward investment opportunities
‚Ä¢ Promote Knowledge Building and sharing through Working Groups, Members‚Äô Events etc.
Bob Driver, CEO of Cambridge Wireless (CW) and lead UK5G partner said:
‚ÄúThis is a fantastic opportunity for the UK to build and enhance its position in the implementation of the next¬†generation of mobile communication – and the end-goal is to help these technologies rapidly transform our¬†societies and economic performance. We encourage all interested parties to become involved in the building of¬†this community‚Äù
UK5G Advisory Board:
As part of its launch today, UK5G is also announcing the membership of its Advisory Board. The Board will provide¬†advice, guidance and support for the aims of the network, as well as providing impartial, industry-focused advice to¬†DCMS on its future plans for 5G development.
The Board is a balance of members from both the supply side (providers of technology, infrastructure, operators,¬†services) and the demand side (customers and potential customers of 5G), drawn from the 5G ecosystem.
Rosalind Singleton, Chair of UK5G‚Äôs Advisory Board said:¬†‚ÄúUK5G 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‚Äù.
Ian Smith, DCMS, 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme Director said:¬†‚ÄúThe Government are determined that the UK be a world-leader in 5G and that we provide reliable, high-speed¬†connectivity to our towns, cities and rural areas. We are rightly very excited about what UK5G can do for the growing 5G¬†ecosystem in the UK, to help make that vision a reality. I‚Äôm delighted to endorse UK5G‚Äôs very impressive Advisory Board¬†membership and look forward to working closely with them as we develop future plans for the 5G Programme.‚Äù
List of current UK5G Advisory Board Members:
Name: Role and Organisation:
Rosalind Singleton (Chair): UK Broadband Ltd
Prof. Adam Beaumont aql, University of Leeds
Alastair Davidson : Wireless Infrastructure Group
Alex Connock : Missile
Antonella Faniuolo : OFCOM
Catherine Michel : Sigma Systems
Chris Walker : QinetiQ
Claire Harvey : RedBee Media
David Stokes : BT
Dimitra Simeonidou : University of Bristol
Dritan Kaleshi : Digital Catapult
Eman Martin-Vignerte : Bosch
Howard Benn : Samsung
Ian Simmons : Magna International
John Naylon : CBNL
Keith Willetts Founder, : TM Forum
Keith Robson : 5G Innovation Centre and SetSquared
Mansoor Hanif : Independent (ex-BT)
Mark Stansfeld : giffgaff, WLEP and Midlands Engine
Martin Green : Visteon
Mike Short : Dept for International Trade / EM3 LEP
Paul Beastall : Cambridge Consultants
Rick Robinson : Arup, West Midlands LEP
Simon Fletcher : Real Wireless
Sylvia Lu : u-blox
UK5G is a consortium partnership between Cambridge Wireless (CW), Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and TM¬†Forum. It also has the Digital Catapult and Real Wireless as associate partners.
For more information, visit www.uk5g.org
About Cambridge Wireless (CW):
CW is the leading international community for companies involved in the research, development and application¬†of wireless and mobile, Internet, semiconductor and software technologies.¬†With over 400 members from major network operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and¬†universities, CW stimulates debate and collaboration, harnesses and shares knowledge, and helps to build¬†connections between academia and industry.
CW’s 20 Special Interest Groups (Groups) provide its members with a dynamic forum where they can network with¬†their peers, track the latest technology trends and business developments and position their organisations in key¬†market sectors. CW also organises major conferences and start-up competitions along with other high-quality¬†industry networking events and dinners. With headquarters at the heart of Cambridge, UK, CW partners with¬†other international industry clusters and organisations to extend its reach and remain at the forefront of global¬†developments and business opportunities. For more information, head to www.cambridgewireless.co.uk
About the KTN:
The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is the UK‚Äôs innovation network, established by Innovate UK to help to¬†deliver economic growth. We work to help businesses get the best out of creativity, ideas and the latest¬†discoveries, to strengthen the UK economy and improve people‚Äôs lives.
As a network partner of Innovate UK, KTN links new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance¬†through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. KTN combines in-depth knowledge in all¬†sectors with the ability to cross boundaries, bringing together diverse sectors and providing tailored innovation¬†insights.
About TM Forum:
TM Forum is an association of over 850 member companies generating US$2 trillion in revenue and serving five¬†billion customers across 180 countries. We drive collaboration and collective problem solving to maximise the¬†business success of communication and digital service providers and their ecosystem of suppliers around the¬†world. Today, our focus is on supporting members as they navigate their unique digital transformation journeys,¬†providing practical and proven assets and tools to accelerate execution and platforms to facilitate collaborative¬†problem solving and innovation. Learn more at www.tmforum.org.
About UK Government 5G Strategy
For further information on the UK Government‚Äôs updated strategy: ‚ÄúNext Generation Mobile Technologies: An¬†update to the 5G strategy for the UK‚Äù. For more information, visit:
Please contact Jon Kingsbury for more information: