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ITV & BBC join operators backing UK Spectrum Policy Forum

The UK Spectrum Policy Forum has today announced that 13 leading names in the wireless industries – including broadcasters BBC and ITV – have agreed to become funding partners of the Forum.

The UK Spectrum Policy Forum, facilitated by techUK, was set up in 2013 with support from DCMS to harness the expertise of all of the UK’s spectrum-using industry. With over 100 members, representing a full range of spectrum usage, the Forum works closely with both Ofcom and DCMS to help address vital policy issues relating to inexorably rising spectrum demands. The steering board and funding partners will have a key role in shaping the Forum’s work programme and leading activities to develop credible recommendations and roadmaps on the medium to long-term approaches on the exploitation of spectrum.

The funding partners announced today are a mix of small and large companies and offer representation from across the industry: Arqiva, Avanti  (SME), BBC, BT, ITV, MLL  (SME), Motorola Solutions (UK) Ltd, QinetiQ, Qualcomm, Real Wireless  (SME), Telefónica UK, Three and Vodafone.

“We are delighted to announce that 13 companies, from a spread of spectrum using sectors, ranging from major multinationals to SMEs, have agreed to become funding partners for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum,” comments Professor Jim Norton, UK Spectrum Policy Forum Chair. “The infrastructure needed to fuel the future social and economic gains of the digital economy is becoming ever more dependent on wireless technology. Spectrum of appropriate characteristics and quality is an essential enabler. These funding partners will help to enable the wider work of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum which is focused on ensuring that the UK is well placed to anticipate and manage future access to spectrum, helping to maximize the UK’s gains from its world class digital infrastructure.”

Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey adds: “Radio spectrum is increasingly important to business and integral to our future economic growth.”

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