Government Publishes 5G Strategy

Government Publishes 5G Strategy

The government has published an update to its 5G strategy, which was originally launched in this year’s Spring Budget.

The 23-page update on the strategy was published alongside a “call for views” on 5G network deployment pilots.

Earlier this year, Kings College London and the University of Bristol and Surrey were jointly awarded a £16m grant to develop and build a world-class 5G test network in the UK through the government’s new 5G Testbeds and Trials programme.

The project is due to be delivered in early 2018 and the government is now looking towards the next stage of the programme, which involves speaking to interested parties on how the government can establish conditions under which 5G-ready networks can be deployed in a timely way.

According to its “calls to views”, it is mainly considering two pilots – one in an urban environment “which could provide a platform to test at scale a range of 5G ‘smart city’ and internet of things (IoT applications), such as those involving autonomous vehicles, traffic monitoring, health and care, public safety and security”. The other is a rural deployment focusing on connectivity needed for IoT services in rural environments, such as agriculture or health services.

The strategy said potential pilots could also be focused “in areas that align with the government’s strategic priorities.”

Minister for Digital, Matt Hancock, said the government wants the UK to be a global leader in 5G “so that we can take early advantage of the benefits that this new technology offers”.

He added:  “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.”

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