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Testbeds and Trials

The initial portfolio of the DCMS Testbeds & Trials programme succeeded in building a national network of testbeds interconnected with 6 innovative trials spread across the UK, bringing together dozens of organisations from sectors as diverse as Agriculture, Health Care, Tourism and Transport.

The learnings from these early trials had significant impact in identifying challenges and supporting and informing a range of policy, regulatory and standardisation issues critical to advancing the development of 5G in the UK. Learnings from these use case trials covered access to spectrum suited to specific use cases, the importance of engagement with early adopters of creative wireless solutions in specific industrial sectors, and of ensuring that 5G standards are flexible enough to embrace widely varying and complex supply chains – one size does not fit all

These trials focused largely on enabling 5G use cases through advanced 4G solutions together with other compatible access technologies, since 5G commercial devices were still in development. The extension of these trials into 2020 will build on this knowledge base adding full 5G capabilities now that 5G equipment and devices are commercially available. There will be a particular focus on feeding inputs to the upcoming R16 version of the 5G standard which is widely held to be the key release which will enable the most challenging and innovative uses of 5G

Wide engagement with Local Authorities, the public and with SMEs has proven valuable alongside the traditional telecom supply side players. There is now a need for wider-scale trials to answer commercial questions: the Urban Connected Communities (UCC) trial and the recently announced Rural Connected Communities (RCC) trials aim to address the need for large scale trials in Urban and Rural contexts respectively. Specific trials focused on Road and Rail connectivity are also expected later this year.

The UK Testbeds and Trials WG will coordinate progress across all of these trials, ensuring that knowledge and relevant outcomes are shared across trials, other UK5G WGs, with DCMS and relevant government departments and Ofcom. The WG will also suggest appropriate means by which to input outcomes into relevant international standards bodies.

February 2020: UK5G Initiated to Create a Security Sub-Group
April 2020: Members formally announced

Core Working Group documents

Working group champions

  • Adam Beaumont

    Adam is co-chair of the Testbeds & Trials Working Group

    As a consistent innovator and technologist with an extensive cyber security background, Professor Adam Beaumont is the Founder and Chair of trusted communications specialist, aql and CEO of Isle of Man based telecommunications company, BlueWave. 

    View Adam's profile here.

  • Alastair Ruddle
    Chief Scientist
    Horiba Mira
  • Ammar Khalid
    Strategy Manager

    An experienced and accomplished technical manager with a solid understanding of the telecommunications sector and its respective commercialization.

    I have in-depth experience and delivery track record in the introduction and commercialization of new cellular technologies and services in accordance with industry standards and compliance. 

    I am currently working as a Strategy Manager within Telefonica O2 UK over future technologies and its commercialization. My specialities include technology strategy, project management, test & integration, technology standards & regulatory compliance, subject matter expert role for cellular technologies. 


  • Andy Aitken
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Honest Mobile

    Andy is a Chartered Accountant by trade and spent 12 years working at Deloitte, one of the Big 4 Global Professional Services Firms. During his time at Deloitte Andy was a founding member of the Propel by Deloitte team, the cloud-first accounting team for startups and high growth businesses. Andy was responsible for growing the team to fifty and driving revenue from zero to £4m over a 24 month period.

    As part of his time working with Startups, Andy spent three months in California to better understand the complexity of VC finance and Silicon Valley before returning to the UK. It was this period that inspired him to found Honest Mobile with a School Friend and the business has been in operation since January 2019.

  • Aparajithan Sivanathan
    Senior Software Engineer
    University of Sheffield AMRC

    Dr Aparajithan Sivanathan leads the 5G Factory of the Future Testbed programme and also heads up the digital manufacturing theme at Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (North-West), University of Sheffield. Sivanathan comes from a multidisciplinary background of manufacturing, electronics, and computing. He received an MSc in Mechatronics engineering from King’s College London and a PhD from Heriot-Watt University.

    Sivanathan has received a number of prestigious research grants from DCMS, Innovate UK, EPSRC Network Plus, HVMC and funds from various key industrial players in the country, including BAE Systems. Before entering the research career, he worked as an R&D engineer in the electronics manufacturing industry. His current research interests generally fall into the area of 5G for manufacturing, real-time human-in-the-loop systems, knowledge capture, manufacturing informatics, cyber physical spaces, Industry4.0, Industrial IoT

  • Ben Turner
    WM5G Engagement Manager
    West Midlands 5G

    I am first point of contact for our external, MNO supplier network, managing the relationships and support across all our workstreams. Building on my strengths, I am keen to flourish in my role and enjoying developing and growing my business relationships and those for WM5G. 

  • Daniel Heery

    In 2003 Daniel set up Cybermoor Ltd in the North Pennines, the first rural broadband co-op in the country and has since worked on several projects to improve broadband in some of the remotest parts of the UK.  He has raised the finance, built and managed wireless and fibre networks in Cumbria and Scotland.  Stimulating demand for digital services is key for groups in rural areas through projects such as the “flying shepherd” enabling farmers to track livestock using drones. Daniel has delivered telehealth projects to support carers and elderly people which rely on good connectivity in Northumberland and Cumbria.  The 5GRIT project is a UK Government testbed for 5G services which will aim to extend the capability of drones using 5G technologies for smart agriculture and is managed by Daniel.  He was a founder member of Independent Networks Co-operative Association and Community Broadband Network and is a Director of both organisations.  He is the company secretary for Charge my Street, a new social enterprise delivering electric vehicle charging points in rural areas in partnership with community buildings and renewable energy providers.

  • Dave Biggs
    Head of Innovation labs
  • Doug Williams
    Project Lead

    Dr Doug Williams has worked for BT Applied Research for over 30 years.  For the last 20 years he has focused on developing and running collaborative projects that focus on enabling media experiences that use the affordances of IP delivery. Doug has led three major H2020 projects since 2002 with a total project value in excess of €35million.  These projects explored reconfigurable narrative, multi camera viewpoint video conferencing, the mixing of games with communication and personalised TV using Object Based media.  Doug is pleased to be leading 5G Edge-XR and to be exploring how GPU based edge compute and 5G technologies can enable immersive experiences that address Sport (of immediate relevance to BT) and applications across a range of other industries.

    Doug sees that his latter career as helping to fill the capacity enabled through the optical networks that were the focus of his early career, where he designed fabricated and assessed special optical fibres.

  • Erik Kampert
    Senior Research Fellow
    WMG / University of Warwick

    Erik Kampert received his MSc and PhD in natural sciences from the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands in 2005 and 2012, respectively, the latter work focussing on molecular magnetism, carried out at the High Field Magnet Laboratory and the Molecular Materials group within the Institute for Molecules and Materials at the RU. He continued his research as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany, where he conducted electrical transport and magnetisation experiments in pulsed magnetic fields in collaboration with visiting, international scientists. In 2017, he joined the Connectivity and Communications Technology group within WMG’s Intelligent Vehicles Research Team at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, as a Senior Research Fellow. Using his vast background in RF electromagnetic experimentation and analytics, the focus of his current research is on 5G millimetre wave communication for vehicular-to-everything and industrial Internet of Things applications.

  • Federico Boccardi
    Principal Technology Advisor

    Federico Boccardi is a Principal Advisor in the Ofcom Technology Group, where he leads the Mobile and IoT program and the Emerging Technologies program.
    He received a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 2002 and 2007 respectively, and a master in Strategy and Innovation from the Oxford Saïd Business School in 2014. Before joining Ofcom, he was with Bell Labs (Alcatel-Lucent) from 2006 to 2013 and with Vodafone R&D in 2014.
    He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for Department of Informatics at the King’s College London, a Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol and a Fellow of the IET.

  • Hannah Griffiths
    Senior Consultant - Digital Cities

    Hannah is a member of Arup's Digital Cities Team where she advises public and private sector stakeholders how they can use digital connectivity, technology and innovative business models to drive economic growth and create more sustainable, efficient and liveable places.

    Over the past 5 years, she has utilised her market analysis, business case development and project management skills to support Government departments and agencies (DCMS and Innovate UK) design and deliver their trial and test bed programmes. She was the lead author on the Future Cities Catapult’s Global Review of Smart City Demonstrators which summarises successes and lessons learned from over 200 test bed and trial projects. 

    Her 5G expertise has been developed through delivering advisory services to national and international fixed and mobile telecommunication operators. In particular, she has assessed the readiness of structural portfolios to host 5G infrastructure and analysed business plans to ensure sufficient provisions are being made to accommodate 5G in the future. 

    Hannah has previously worked at Accenture and the Future Cities Catapult, the UK Government's Urban Innovation Centre in various management consulting and market analysis roles.   

  • John Naylon

    Chair of the UK5G Testbeds & Trials Review Working Group

    Before joining AWS, John co-founded the pioneering wireless companies CBNL and Adaptive Broadband and held a research position at AT&T Laboratories. John has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge and over 20 years’ experience designing cutting edge wireless technology.

  • Joe Spencer
    Project Lead
    The University of Liverpool
  • Kevin Power
    System Architect

    With a track record in innovation spanning 12 years, Kevin is an experienced system engineer and has spent several years as a technical lead in organisations within the Telecoms and Oil & Gas sectors.

    The bulk of Kevin’s career was spent defining and developing WiMAX and LTE systems for Japanese equipment vendor, Fujitsu.  With an in-depth understanding of the end-to-end design and operation of wireless systems and connected devices, Kevin in his role as System Architect at CENSIS has applied this knowledge in recent years to developing advanced IoT systems and applications for several market verticals.

    Kevin holds a BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Wireless Communication Systems.

  • Konstantinos Katsaros
    Digital Catapult

    Kostas Katsaros is a Senior 5G Technologist at Digital Catapult. Using the expertise developed in part during his time as a research fellow at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre, he provides oversight and guidance for specific 5G system architecture and subsystem implementations. A specialist in new architectures that use virtualization and edge computing, Kostas has extensive experience of vehicular/mobile networks and has led research into the use of mobile edge computing to assist autonomous driving. He has also investigated networking and transport protocols and is interested in how these networks are used to improve society and the novel business opportunities that arise from them

  • Mark Hawkins
    QinetiQ Fellow

     Mark is a QinetiQ Fellow and has 14 years’ experience of working on cellular technologies (2/3/4/5G) primarily conducting research for the UK Government, which has included various trials activities. He is currently leading QinetiQ’s 5G activities, developing 5G security services as part of the Worcestershire 5G testbed project – one of the 6 Phase 1 DCMS testbeds. Mark is passionate about 5G security, publishing several blogs on 5G security, and being a key author of a joint paper on 5G Security as part of a team spanning all of the DCMS Phase 1 testbeds, led by 5GIC at Surrey University.

    Mark is a Chartered Physicist and holds a Physics Degree from Oxford University.

  • Paul Beastall
    Head of Strategy
    Cambridge Consultants

    View Paul's full bio here

  • Peter Stoker
    Chief Engineer, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

    Peter started in the auto industry in 1983 in what was then the Austin Rover Group, after graduating from UMIST in Polymer Physics. His first position was in Trim & Hardware development. He left Rover Group for 5 years as a Tier 1, Webasto roof systems, before moving to GM Europe in Luton in 1992.  

    He was assigned to Japan for 3 years, on the launch of the Frontera and then he project managed the development of the AstraVan, for GME the first virtually developed vehicle derivative without prototypes. He became head of the Vehicle Engineering group in 2012, and Chief Engineer in 2017. 

    Peter led the successful bid for the Government’s Controlled urban CAV testbed, due to open in September 2019, and is the host for the Autoair DCMS 5G Transport testbed.

  • Peter Mildon
    Vivacity Labs

    Peter Co-Founded Vivacity Labs in late 2015, with an aim to provide AI products to improve the management of road infrastructure. We launched our Edge processing video sensor in 2017, which uses Machine Learning to generate anonymous data on road infrastructure. These sensors were presented as a potential use case for 5G back in 2018 by Kings College, with an installation at Monument in central London. Since then, we have further integrated with 5G data-backhaul in the West Midlands and Sunderland. 5G offers the ability to lower the latency of reporting on live traffic movements to cloud based control algorithms, and provide the bandwidth to stream video back whenever the AI detects abnormal road usage behaviour. We have recently won a 5G Create grant to integrate 5G antenna into a sensor install, providing the low latency communication required for our Smart Junctions product - an AI methodology for optimising traffic flow.

  • Rosemary Kay
    eHealth Cluster

    After completing a degree in Pure Maths, Rosemary started her career as a graduate programmer, spending 21 years in the private sector, on the design, development and manufacture of secure, high grade communication equipment. 12 years ago Rosemary set up her own business, RLK Partnerships, providing business support and facilitating collaborative working across sectors.

    Rosemary also spent 18 years as an Associate Lecturer on Open University programmes, including the NHS Leadership Academy and MBA, specialising in entrepreneurship and leadership. 

    Rosemary has headed up the eHealth Cluster Ltd from 2015, bringing care providers, technology companies and public bodies together to drive health and social care innovation for the Liverpool City Region. She has published reports and practical guidance on procurement and commissioning. Rosemary has lead the eHealth Cluster involvement for the Liverpool City Council Innovative procurement project to digitise home care services and is currently Project Director for the Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care Testbed.

  • Sundeep Bhandari
    Strategy Manager
  • Tomas Sanchez Lopez
    Chief Data Architect
    Office for National Statistics

    Tomas Sanchez Lopez is currently the Chief Data Architect at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), where he started in mid-2017 to head the development of the office’s data strategy. Tomas is also responsible to deliver a number of data products that form the basis of ONS data management, including geospatial as well as business and address registers. Prior to the ONS, Tomas worked at Airbus for several years, heading research on data analysis for the Corporate Technology Office. Tomas’ background is in Computer Science, and so he has obtained an Ms.C in the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, a Ph.D in KAIST, South Korea, and a post-doc in Cambridge University, UK in this discipline