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RICS Telecoms Forum Conference


You heard about the essential topics covered at last years’ telecoms conference but as you know the speed of technological change is ever increasing.

RICS Telecoms Forum 2017 Conference has taken place already. Register your interest to be the first to hear once 2018 event date and programme have been confirmed.

With the government’s commitment to boost investment in the telecoms industry and the impeding Electronic Communications Code expected to come into effect in December 2017, we are already seeing major disruption in the sector. 

Network services are experiencing unprecedented demands and the growth of new markets such as smart cities and Internet of Things are opening up more opportunities for operators and landowners.

More than 350 delegates attended RICS Telecoms Forum Conference 2017 whcih brought together high profile speakers to discuss how the sector is ever evolving and how to be better prepared for the future. In addition, delegates heard the latest updates in planning law and regulation to ensure you remain compliant and can mitigate any risks to your business.

It’s about more than just telecoms

Networking is a critical part of working in this sector, but as a busy professional it can be a struggle to find the time to do this effectively.

With this in mind we’ve set aside time in the day to give you a chance to catch up with your peers and network with our expert panel of speakers; for example, the two-course networking lunch (which is included in the price of your ticket) where you can enjoy a selection of tasty food while catching up with colleagues old and new.

As part of the conference we’re also bringing together a group of key exhibitors. These are specially chosen to be relevant and of potential value to your business. You can walk around and browse at your leisure.

On top of that, attending the event also gives you 5.5 hours of formal CPD to tick off against your annual 20-hour requirement.

Here’s a sample of what 2017 conference offered

The main purpose of the conference is to add value to your practice. Here’s some of what was covered:

  • Expert opinion on the life cycle of a site move to understand the legal agreements between a landowner and an operator/tenant if the former decides to develop a site and how this is likely to impact on all parties involved.
  • Update on the Digital Economy Act, including the government’s 5G strategy, broadband policy, roll out in the UK and future opportunities.
  • The latest on the The Code of Practice, its components, implementation and improved collaboration between all parties.
  • An exciting update on 5G trial in the UK: testing 5G fixed wireless access technology and rolling out of small cells to deliver 5G in the UK.

Our primary focus is on providing you an interesting, diverse and relevant range of subjects. In addition to an industry-leading group of speakers and content, when you attend a Telecoms conference you can also expect...

A great tool to make your day even more valuable

Last year we introduced the RICS conference app to enhance your conference experience, and it’s only available to people who register for the conference. In addition, our attendees receive access to content maps. Find out more about the benefits of the conference app and mind maps.

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A content map will be produced for each conference session and emailed to delegates after the conference. These visual records will capture the key information from the speakers’ presentation and any subsequent discussion.
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2017 Programme

08.30 Registration and coffee

09.30 Chair’s opening remarks
Mark Talbot, Chair, RICS Telecoms Forum Board and Head of Estates & Property, Arqiva

09:35 Opening address
Amanda Clack, Past President, RICS and Head of Strategic Consulting, CBRE

10:00 Keynote address: Improving London’s digital connectivity
• Tackling London's connectivity not spots
• Working with London boroughs and service providers
• Opportunities and challenges ahead
Sara Kelly, Principal Policy Officer for Digital Connectivity, Greater London Authority 

10.20 Unleashing Britain's full fibre potential
The changing landscape of the nation’s communications infrastructure 
Full fibre infrastructure as future-proof platform for innovation
Supporting and accelerating UK’s full fibre future
Mark Collins, Director of Strategy & Public Affairs, CityFibre

11:00 Networking break

11:30 Panel discussion: Life cycle of a site move
Interactive session where we will be hearing from various parties on the stages involved in a site move and what is required from the operator, the instructing party and the landlord to make a smooth transition.
Tom Gallivan, WHP Telecoms
Juliette Wallace, Business Planning & Property Director, MBNL 
Philip Morris, Director, Cell:cm
Zoe Wright, Partner, Shoosmiths

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Satellite for beginners
• What is a satellite?
• What is an earth station?
• Orbits
• Some of the various satellite uses
• The impact of all these on our earth stations 
Mike Walsh, Technology Specialist, Arqiva

14:10 Smart Cities and the telecoms industry
Smart cities: what are they?
The role of telecommunications for smart cities
Opportunities for the telecoms industry
Simon Navin, Programme Manager – Smart Practice, Ordnance Survey

14:40 Rolling out 5G in the UK
• The government’s 5G strategy
• Broadband policy and roll out in the UK
• Future opportunities and challenges
Louise Lancaster,
Policy Adviser 5G and Gareth Holvey, Head of 5G Policy, DCMS

15:10 Networking break

15:45 The code of Practice
• Components of the Code of Practice
Smooth implementation of long term reforms
Facilitating engagement and collaboration between all parties
Huw Saunders, Telecommunications Technology, Strategy and Regulatory Affairs, Ofcom 

16:15 5G trial in the UK
• Testing 5G fixed wireless access technology
• Rolling out small cells to deliver 5G in the UK
• An alternative technology to fibre optics?
John Lillistone, Head of Products - Telecoms, Arqiva
Caroline Gabriel, Research Director & Co-Founder, Rethink Technology Research

17:15 Chair’s closing remarks
Mark Talbot, Chair, RICS Telecoms Forum Board and Head of Estates & Property, Arqiva

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