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Telecoms Forum Conference

The latest policy updates, market opportunities and future trends impacting the telecoms sector.

2 years on: Understanding how The Code is working in practice

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Thu 14 Nov 2019
08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
etc.venues St Paul's, 200 Aldersgate, London, EC1A 4HD
5.5 hours formal CPD
£270 + VAT


It is now two years since the Electronic Communications Code fully came into force. Last year saw the first of many cases on The Code going through the Upper Tribunal and these cases now provide crucial insights and clarity on the new dynamics between landowners and telecoms operators. Building on the success of last year’s event and the recent decisions of the Upper Tribunal, RICS Telecoms Forum Conference comes back this year to provide you with timely update on such cases and resulting implication whether you are acting on behalf of a landowner or mobile operator.

Delivered through a combination of keynote presentations and panel discussions, this year’s conference will bring together key players in the industry and will take a closer look at how well the code has been working in practice. The conference will also address sessions such as use of public assets for 5G connectivity, bringing connectivity to rural communities and service charges and how they relate to the telecoms sector and key need to know for surveyors advising in respect of the ECC. Further talks will focus on wider industry issues and updates such as the UK National Digital Twin, AI and the future of cyber security, health and safety in the telecoms sector and many more.

Attend this full day conference and be at the forefront of what is happening in the industry. 



  • The ECC – two years on
    A look at recent cases that have gone through the Upper Tribunal, the resulting decisions and how they these will inform landowners and operators moving forward.
  • Surveyors advising in respect of the ECC
    RICS is currently working with key stakeholders to produce some guidance for surveyors advising in respect of the ECC and with the publication date due imminently, it will be the perfect opportunity to discuss this guidance note in more details.
  • Building the UK National Digital Twin
    The UK National Digital Twin is a key pillar of the National Infrastructure Commission’s plan for modernising the UK’s infrastructure. Proposing a digital blueprint of the UK’s infrastructure network, allowing real time and predictive network performance analysis, the idea is as complex as it is ambitious, and would represent a visionary and world leading development. This session will cover the progress of the project so far, identify the main objections and barriers to realisation and encourage delegates to become stakeholders in the project.
  • Service charges and how they relate to the telecoms sector
    The recent service charge code of practice which came into effect in April 2019 sets a marker for the standards of management required in commercial property and provides mandatory obligations that RICS members must adhere to. This session will consider the management and administration of service charges incurred with telecoms infrastructure on commercial properties.
  • Bringing connectivity to rural communities
    A £25 million project to improve rural connectivity was announced by the Scottish Government last year. This project is currently being developed and managed by the Scottish Futures Trust (STF). Attend this session to better understand how SFT is working with mobile operators to identify ‘notspots’ and rolling out masts to further increase 4G coverage and consider challenges encountered so far.
  • Addressing the latest cyber threats
    Drawing on high-profile examples from the wider industry, this session will look at the latest tools, techniques and technologies to protect companies online. It will also consider how Artificial Intelligence is changing cyber security and will look 
  • Health and Safety in the telecoms sector
    Like any other industries, the telecoms sector comes with its hazards. Form working on roof top sites to working with asbestos, there are clearly countless safety concerns to be aware of. Attend this session to take a closer look at some key aspects of the Health and Safety at Work Act and understand what it takes to minimise risks in the telecoms sector.


To present these sessions we have invited industry leading speakers, including:

  • Mark Talbot, Chair, RICS Telecoms Forum Board & Partner, Head of Telecommunications, Carter Jonas
  • Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald and Chair, Digital Framework Taskgroup
  • Dr Charles Trotman, Senior Rural Business Adviser, CLA
  • Juliette Wallace, Business Planning and Property Director, MBNL
  • Michael Watson, Partner and Head of Property Litigation, Shulmans
  • Sue Doane, Director, Enlighten Consultancy
  • Steve Sladdin, Head of Code Valuations, DOT Telecoms
  • Lisa Forte, Social Engineering and Cyber Security Expert
  • Raj Sivalingam, Head of Innovation, WHP Telecoms
  • Chris Stratton, Head of Site Acquisition & Estate Management, MLL Telecom
  • James Bridgland, Managing Director, Phase Consultants
  • Michael Hetherington, Telecoms Lead and Asset Efficiency Specialist, Office of Government Property

View the full programme

Build your surveying network

You’ve told us that networking is an important part of your conference experience. So, we’ve set aside times in the day to give you a chance to network with like-minded professionals, including your peers and our expert panel of speakers. One of these is a two-course hot lunch while you connect with colleagues old and new.

As part of our conference exhibition, sector-specific exhibitors will introduce the latest products and services to you to add value to your business.


Group Discounts

We’ve also got some great group discounts when you book your seats together with your colleagues:

  • Book 3 or more places and get 10% off
  • Book 5 or more places and get 15% off
  • Book 7 or more places and get 20% off

We can only offer one discount per person. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer from RICS Conferences.

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  • Non-RICS Professional £364.50 + VAT
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