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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has set out the next steps of its ambitious 5G technology plans and launched a call for views on the appropriate scale and scope of deployment pilots.
First announced in the Spring Budget, the updated 5G strategy details the next phase of work aimed at preparing the UK for a 5G future including the steps that the government will take to support investment. This includes the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, which launched in October with a £25 million competition for new and innovative use cases for 5G in order to help identify new revenue streams and business models for all parts of the supply chain.
Now, the government is announcing that ‘Phase 2’ programme activity will include funding for the first large scale projects.
The department is also launching a call for evidence to understand what makes investing in fibre and 5G attractive, and what government could do to support this, alongside the detailing of the chosen partners for running the 5G innovation Network.
Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital, said: “We want the UK to be a global leader in 5G so that we can take early advantage of the benefits that this new technology offers. The steps we are taking now are all part of our commitment to realising the potential of 5G ,and will help to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.”