• South East

    Home to the UK’s capital and a thriving ecosystem of industry, from cutting-edge start-ups to tech and telco heavyweights

    digital tech unicorns in London

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  • West Midlands

    The UK’s fastest-growing tech sector, the West Midlands was also the location of the UK’s first region-wide 5G testbed

    1 st
    West Midlands ranked first for 5G coverage among all UK Combined Authority areas

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  • North East

    Home to the smartest city in the UK and the fastest broadband speed in England

    Fastest broadband speed in England and the third fastest in the UK

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  • Yorkshire & The Humber

    The largest cluster of higher education institutions outside of London and a robust regional economy with a burgeoning tech ecosystem

    £69 bn
    West Yorkshire's GVA

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  • Scotland

    Scotland has a strong pedigree in telecoms and adjacent sectors

    £17 bn
    Potential addition to Scotland's GDP by enhancing 5G capability

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  • East of England

    The region boasts the internationally acclaimed Cambridge University and Europe’s largest tech cluster

    patent applications per 100,000 people makes Cambridge one of the best cities for innovation

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  • South West

    Academic excellence, a world-class 5G test network and significant investment makes the South West a telecoms powerhouse

    world class universities

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  • North West

    A thriving digital economy builds on a long history of invention and innovation

    97 %
    Of research by University of Liverpool's computer science department is rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

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  • Northern Ireland

    The number one location in the UK and Ireland for full-fibre access

    23 %
    NI jobs advertised last year that were digital tech roles, highest % in the UK

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  • Wales

    From compound semiconductors to cybersecurity, Wales boasts a number of telecom strengths

    1 st
    Compound semiconductor cluster in the world

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  • East Midlands

    Creative and innovative, the East Midlands houses a number of diverse, knowledge-based industries

    1,000 +
    Nottinghamshire students have taken part in a 5G Careers programme

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Home to successful global telecom companies and internationally-recognised universities leading in telecoms research, the UK has many advantages when it comes to telecoms and innovation broadly, hosting several regional clusters of expertise. But VC investment in telecoms is often concentrated in the South and in particular in London, meaning the sector is likely missing out on ideas and talent originating from other parts of the country.

UKTIN is committed to working with regional and national leaders across the UK to identify, promote and increase the success of the UK’s telecoms and technology clusters.  We want to facilitate increased entrepreneurship, encourage inward investment and enable the creation of more skilled jobs, ensuring that the whole of the UK can benefit from a strengthened telecoms ecosystem.

Our UKTIN Clusters Group will meet quarterly and initially focus on co-developing a common fact base of the telecom research, development and innovation assets, capabilities and support that exist throughout the UK.  The group will be action-oriented, from raising awareness of these capabilities domestically and overseas, to facilitating regional engagement in government funding opportunities and supporting organisations looking to invest or expand their presence in the UK.  Providing an opportunity to collaboratively identify challenges, share best practices, brainstorm solutions and drive change.

To find out more about joining the Clusters Group email Clusters@uktin.net.

Explore the map below to understand capabilities, projects and opportunities across different regions.