Â£25 million to UK 5G
UK government contributes Â£25 million to accelerate the rollout of 5G in the country.
19:29 15 March 2018
The government is investing £25million in six 5G projects to accelerate the rollout of the next generation mobile network across the UK. The projects will focus on boosting connectivity in rural communities, improving healthcare in the home, developing self-driving cars, and boosting manufacturing productivity.
Companies that received funding are the following:
· Quickline Communications, which is set to trial 5G across several rural locations with the goal to introduce the concept of smart agriculture as well as boost tourism and connectivity in poorly-served communities.
· Airspan – The company will trial the use of 5G technology on connected and autonomous vehicles.
· Sensor City, which is leading a consortium, including academics, the NHS, locals SMEs and an unidentified 5G vendor to deliver 5G network to deprived communities across Liverpool.
· Worcestershire 5G consortium, which is a group of organisations, including Worcestershire County Council, BT and Huawei, which will test 5G on robotics, AR and big data analytics.
· The West of England Combined Authority, BBC and Aardman – The companies are tasked to test 5G on virtual reality in Bath and Bristol.
· Cisco and the University of Strathclyde - They will deliver testbeds and trials to determine the potential benefits of 5G for rural communities and industries, including agriculture.