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Applications open for 2 new UK5G Working Groups

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 6 Jun 2019
  • Last modified 6 Jun 2019
"Connected Places Working Group" and "Creative Industries Working Group" are now looking for contributors.

Today, UK5G announces the launch of 2 more Working Groups which have been setup to understand specific needs and challenges in the UK 5G eco-system and to develop practical ways of overcoming current barriers.

Apply to Connected Places Working Group

Apply to Creative Industries Working Group 



Background to Connected Places Working Group

If the adoption of 5G technologies by the UK is to be accelerated, a key area of focus is on places, and particularly the ability of Local Authorities to work with their partners in communications, infrastructure, investment, public service and business to secure digital infrastructure for their regions and encourage its use.

DCMS 5G Trial initiatives such as the Urban Connected Community project (WM5G) and the upcoming Rural Connected Community projects are designed to accelerate adoption and to prove business cases for 5G approaches in a variety of industries, including the digitalisation of public services. Of necessity, these programmes are specific to geographical areas or domains.

There is a general need to develop cross-sector understanding of the commercialisation of 5G, the transformation of services it enables, and the links to placemaking whilst these

projects are in progress. The sharing of learning and insights, and the development of common approaches and toolsets, an understanding of barriers to adoption, drawing on global best practice, would be helpful.

The UK5G Connected Places Working Group wishes to enable the dissemination of best practice and use cases, and to build a community of interest. A number of Advisory Board members, and Associate Partners (for example the Connected Places Catapult & BSI) are working actively in this space already. The UK5G Connected Places Working Group will leverage these relationships to share the benefits of 5G between Places. The Working Group will advise on the development a viable and achievable plan for encouraging the adoption of 5G technologies in places.

This represents an exciting opportunity for a small number of experienced individuals to join the Working Group and contribute to a significant national initiative. We envisage that members will have a range of experience, skills and insight derived both from the supply and demand side of industry, and an understanding of economic development and the local authority delivery environment

In addition, required capabilities might also include:

  • Senior responsibility within/across one or more Local or Combined Authorities
  • Expertise in 5G technologies
  • Relevant businesses that might provide insight into the needs of Local Authorities
  • Expertise in the investment sources that shape cities and places – for example public sector procurement, telecommunications investment, property and infrastructure investment
  • Deep sector knowledge for specific, relevant, industries
  • Links to local, relevant research bases

Apply to Connected Places Working Group

The call for applications is open and will close on 13th June. We will inform successful applicants by 20th June.



Background to the Creative Industries Working Group

It is anticipated that many aspects of the production, distribution and consumption models in the TV, film, music, advertising and digital creative industries are likely to be radically disrupted by the high-bandwidth, low-latency characteristics promised by 5G technologies. In addition - as with previous generations of connectivity – the digital content industries will be a key driver of mass consumer take-up of these new technologies.

The UK5G Creative Industries WG will focus on developing the potential economic and social opportunities afforded by 5G in the UK. This sector is amongst the most demanding requiring huge network capacity. 5G could unlock the potential of these industries by offering high bandwidth low latency streaming of audio-visual and graphic content.

It will seek to understand how the next generation of innovative digital technologies ensures that the UK retains its status at the global forefront of creative content.

As well as working closely with industry partners across the sector, this WG will provide policy recommendations into the DCMS 5G Programme.

This represents an exciting opportunity for a small number of experienced individuals to join the WG to contribute to a significant national initiative which could have lasting positive economic impact across the UK.

We are looking for a mix of members from both media & games organisations and also from telecoms businesses.

Required personal capabilities/responsibilities might also include:

  • Relevant understanding of media production/distribution at a national/global scale
  • Senior R&D responsibility in a media/games organisation
  • Expertise in 5G technologies and its application to media/games
  • Links to local, relevant research bases

Apply to Creative Industries Working Group

The call for applications is open and will close on 13th June. We will inform successful applicants by 20th June.

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