£25 million for 5G technology projects

To mark the first anniversary of the Digital Strategy, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced the winners of a £25 million competition to pave the way for a future rollout of 5G technology in the UK.

The six projects, which represent the best of UK innovation, resources and expertise across SMEs, universities and local authorities, will test 5G across a range of applications, including smart farming with drones, using the Internet of Things to improve healthcare in the home, increasing manufacturing productivity and maximising the future benefits of self-driving cars.

Margot James, Minister of State for Digital and the Creative Industries, said: “One year on from the Digital Strategy, we are delivering on our commitments to create a Britain fit for the future, with a thriving digital economy that works for everyone. The ground-breaking projects announced today will help to unlock 5G and ensure the benefits of this new technology are felt across the economy and wider society.”

The six winning projects in the 5G Trials and Testbeds scheme are: 5G RuralFirst: Rural Coverage and Dynamic Spectrum Access Testbed and Trial, led by Cisco; 5G Smart Tourism, led by the West of England Combined Authority; Worcestershire 5G Consortium - Testbed and Trials, led by Worcestershire County Council; Liverpool 5G Testbed, led by Sensor City; 5G Rural Integrated Testbed (5GRIT), led by Quickline Communications; and AutoAir: 5G Testbed for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, led by Airspan Communications Ltd.

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