• Tim Cosgrove

UK government announces £30 million of 5G test projects

The UK government has announced the funding of a new wave of 5G projects as part of its wider 5G Testbeds and Trials initiative.

The new 5G test projects are set to commence across the country, with the goal of demonstrating what the next generation mobile network will be able to offer to UK industry. Each project will take a slice of £30 million made available through the 5G Create competition.

Vivacity, Weaver Labs and Transport for Greater Manchester plan to use AI-controlled traffic lights to reduce pollution and congestion in the city. In Preston, a project involving BAE Systems, Advanced Manufacturing Catapult and IBM will aim to utilise 5G to deliver the RAF’s Tempest fighter jet at half its current cost. In Liverpool, a group of local healthcare bodies plan to establish a private 5G network to provide remote NHS video consultations to low-income families. And at Nissan’s Sunderland factory, a trial will use 5G to drive autonomous trucks in a bid to boost productivity.

At the opposite end of the country, the Brighton Dome will be testing remote music festivals broadcast over 5G. BT Sport, meanwhile, will test to see how 5G in conjunction with VR could potentially transform the experience of live sports in East Anglia.

Matt Warman, Minister for Digital Infrastructure, said: “We are helping innovative thinkers across Britain use their creativity to harness the power of 5G and boost economic productivity, cut pollution and congestion, and develop the next generation of entertainment. The new funding we are announcing today will help us pioneer new ways to seize the opportunities of 5G and bring tangible benefits for consumers and businesses across the country.”

Source: Jon Mundy. 5g.co.uk

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