Next Meetup

Talk 5G: 5G - What is it and Why
Basingstoke Cafe Sci members are invited to join Basingstoke Talk 5G Meetup group for a "top to tail" look at the current state of the 5G landscape. We welcome Peter Curnow-Ford industry veteran and founder of Viatec Associates to talk about everything from technology developments and Spectrum to Government initiatives and the UK's role in 5G. For more details about Basingstoke Talk 5G public Meetup group, go to the web address below: TALK SYNOPSIS Peter's talk will cover key areas of 5G including: # Enhanced Mobile Broadband, Ultra Low Latency and Internet of Things # Where is the UK in the 5G world (Europe, Asia and US) # What is UK Government doing - including recent DCMS 5G test bed £15m funding announcement, £25m for future 5G cities and networks, # Urban and Rural 5G testbed calls # Ofcom's 5G spectrum auction and future 5G auctions - what that means # Where UK industry is playing a key role - key technologies # Mobile operators and what we can look forward to and when Peter will also provide an overview of where Britain sits in the 5G landscape, the key funding opportunities, how the current winners are doing and the 2 new 'much bigger calls - Urban and Rural. He will also highlight Digital Manufacturing/Industry 4.0 and how industry sees 5G being a key technology and how they might deploy it (with or without an MNO) SPEAKER BIO Peter is founder of Viatec Associates, Growth Innovators Group & has held Non-Exec roles with many SMEs, been a board Advisor to SME and AIM listed companies and mentored many startup CEOs. Viatec assists organisations with decision making in the cellular, satellite & wireless infrastructure and device space, on investment, key operational and technology trends and thought leadership on wireless landscape, 4G/5G, spectrum use and acquisition, tower (cell site) development and funding, public safety, handsets, transport connectivity and cellular backhaul including small-cell strategies and mmWave.

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What we're about

Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

The Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is the public and FREE Science Interest Group of the Basingstoke Friends Social Club ( The meetings and talks are all public events (though some external events such as theatre trips require advance payment and/or booking) which are open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the latest ideas in Science and Technology.

You can find out more about the Basingstoke Friends Social Club (aka Active Hampshire) at our web site:

And in our meetup group:

You can join this Cafe Sci Meetup group free of charge to receive email notifications of our talks and any science and technology talks, debates and lectures that we hear about in the local area.

We run our own talk and discussion meetings with an invited speaker on the last working Monday of every month (except in December). These are held from 7.30pm at the Tea Bar, 9-13 London Street, Basingstoke RG21 7NT in the Top of Town area of Basingstoke.

You are welcome to arrive at the monthly meeting venue any time from 6.45pm onwards for drinks and cakes etc. The main talk starts at 7.30pm and usually lasts around 30 to 40 minutes. There is then a short break after the talk for you to get more drinks and cakes etc before we go into the main discussion session. We generally aim to finish at around 9.00pm with some time afterwards until 10.00pm for you to chat to the speakers and other members.

We aim to provide members with information about a wide range of events that may be of interest. We include on the web site details of Cafe Scientifique meetings in Reading, Winchester and Southampton plus those of our local Skeptics in the Pub rational debating groups in Reading and Winchester.

For any queries about Cafe Scientifique in Basingstoke, contact the organizer Bob Clifford at the email address below:

We also have the following web site where you can find more information about how Cafe Scientifique is organised plus links to various science resources. The web site also contains details of the events from the Cafe Scientifique calendar.

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