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Digital infrastructure

Open and interoperable digital infrastructure is the framework for connecting the digital and physical worlds.


Digital infrastructure is the adoption of open standards and the application of open and interoperable technologies in digital infrastructure, systems and platforms, with the potential to lower costs of digital platforms, in terms of systems integration and operational costs, while delivering greater business outcomes from data. By removing barriers to entry and increasing interoperability, open infrastructure can reduce risks in investment, procurement, deployment and use of digital infrastructure systems. It also supports net zero ambitions by accelerating the application of digital connectivity and tools in the energy industry.

We are a catalyst for the development of “softwarised” network applications, and for open standards for advanced digital infrastructure, systems and platforms. We are supporting new and innovative vendors to become part of the UK “digital fabric” as we help deliver the government’s telecoms diversification strategy. We provide a commercially neutral collaborative environment for testing interoperability and integration, working with products and vendors to encourage openness and the development of interoperable solutions.

Digital Security by Design

Digital Security by Design is a UKRI funded initiative in association with ARM and Cambridge University to transform digital technology and create a more resilient, and secure foundation for a safer future. We will engage with 80 companies, giving them early access to security hardware in development, years before it is market ready. This will support commercialisation by providing valuable information to improve and test the product.

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The SmartRAN Open Networks Interoperability Centre (SONIC Labs) is a new long-term joint programme between Digital Catapult and Ofcom, which will help foster a diverse telecom supply chain in the UK. Innovative suppliers of 5G Open RAN products will be supported to participate in the UK telecoms ecosystem via access to a large-scale interoperability and integration testing facility.

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We are defining a programme to accelerate the adoption and commercialisation of quantum computing by demonstrating its business relevance, and how advanced digital technologies can be enabled by quantum technologies.

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The UK Telecoms Innovation Network (UKTIN) helps to bring industry players, government stakeholders and academia together to catalyse research and development investments, cooperation and commercialisation. This network transforms the UK telecoms innovation ecosystem by forging connections and aligning the sector to enable the UK to capitalise on its strengths as new opportunities emerge in telecoms. 

Supported by the Department for Science, Innovation & Technology (DSIT), Digital Catapult leads a consortium of UKTIN delivery partners, including Cambridge Wireless (CW), University of Bristol and WM5G.

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