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UK joins new global telecoms coalition with Australia, Canada, Japan, US

Written by Mon 9 Oct 2023

The UK has joined a global coalition to strengthen coordination on telecoms security, resilience and innovation. The UK Government is also set to allocate £70 million ($84 million) to the UKRI Technology Missions Fund (TMF) for next-generation telecom technology.

Within the new Global Coalition on Telecommunications (GCOT), the UK will collaborate with Australia, Canada, Japan, and the US.

The UK’s goal is to enhance resilience and adaptability of communication networks in the face of challenges like supply chain disruptions and cyberattacks.

GCOT will also explore opportunities for closer coordination in research and development, information sharing, and international outreach.

“Telecommunications networks are the lifeline of global economies, and safeguarding their resilience and security in an evolving, interconnected world is a top priority for our governments,” said Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology.

The shared objectives of the new global telecoms coalition include enhancing coordination in telecommunications through improved information sharing between members, joining up research and development initiatives, aligning funding priorities, and aligning visions and standards.

“By working ever more closely together, the GCOT members will advance secure, diverse, resilient, and innovative telecommunications networks around the world,” said Alan Davidson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator.

Cementing the UK’s commitment to this domestic and international agenda, the UK Government is also set to invest an initial £70 million ($84 million) to develop 6G technology and beyond via the Future Telecoms Technology Missions Fund (TMF) Programme. The funding will be delivered until April 2025.

“The UKRI Technology Missions funding is designed to exploit the UK’s global leadership in transformative technologies to help solve specific problems, while also helping to lay the foundations for a longer-term leading position,” said Dr Kedar Pandya, Executive Director, Cross-Council Programmes at UKRI.

Technologies expected to be researched include those to better connect space-based and terrestrial networks, step-changes in capacity or speeds in data transfer, and improving energy efficiency of networks through cloudification.

Potential benefits of this funding could include improving internet coverage everywhere, achieving a universal rollout of self-driving cars, and reducing energy usage.

University-led Future Telecoms Research Hubs will facilitate early-stage research in shaping the future of 6G technologies.


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Written by Mon 9 Oct 2023

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