Transport and Logistics UK5G

Working Groups

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.

The application process for this Working Group is now closed. Participants will be announced shortly.

Core Working Group documents

Working group champions

  • Paul Beastall
    Head of Strategy
    Cambridge Consultants
  • Mansoor Hanif
    • In 2011 Mansoor joined EE in the UK as Director of Network Integration and LTE, accountable for the Technical Launch Program for 4G as well as the Integration of the legacy 2G/3G Orange and T-Mobile networks. From 2013 he was Director of RAN, with overall responsibility for all of the EE radio access networks, and was also accountable for the coverage aspects of EE’s Emergency Services over LTE programme. Mansoor was a board member of MBNL (the joint venture of EE with H3G) until 2016. During the acquisition of EE by BT, he led the EE network Integration team.
    • At BT Mansoor was Director of the Converged Networks Research Lab from 2016 to 2018, and led deep and wide collaboration with many UK Universities, researchers, innovators, government bodies such as DCMS, the NIC and industry partners. He provided regular inputs to calls for evidence from the UK Government in relation to connectivity: ranging from 5G deployment pilots, rail connectivity and transport strategy to vertical industries
    • In addition, Mansoor was closely involved in the foundation of several new cross-industry initiatives to accelerate innovation with disruptive technologies: in the UK, he co-founded the Scottish Innovation Partnership, and also globally with the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), founding the Europe’s 1st TIP ecosystem acceleration centre in the UK.
    • Mansoor is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Satellite Applications Catapult and a member of the UCL Electrical and Electronic Engineering Industry Advisory Board.