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UK supervision seeks city to showcase 5G connectivity

Signpost in York

York is a arrange of city that could advantage from a 5G network interjection to a high thoroughness of traveller attactions.


Photo: Jack Schofield

The British supervision skeleton to emanate a “5G city” as a testbed for a destiny rollout of 5G phone networks opposite a UK. But that city? That’s adult for grabs. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) wants to accept “expressions of interest” from cities that would like to be “the open zone partner” in a project. The deadline is Jun 5.

Industry appearance will engage a new UK5G Innovation Network, that was launched on Mar 26.

Some income will be available. The DCMS says that “funding for a plan will come from a £200 million reserved so distant to rise 5G technologies as partial of over £1bn investment in next-generation digital infrastructure.” Note: that doesn’t contend a selected city will indeed get £200 million. That’s usually how most is hold in that sold purse. The largest extend done so distant was usually £5 million.

One intensity obstacle is that a DCMS would cite to hear from “large cities next 500,000 race though with really strong, transparent digital care and vision”. That eliminates London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and other go-ahead cities. However, intensity possibilities could embody York, Brighton, Bristol, Bath and Norwich, as good as both Oxford and Cambridge.

The bid will need to embody projects that uncover how 5G “can make civic communities inherently safer, greener, some-more fit and some-more appealing places to live”. The DCMS provides a few examples, such as real-time video conference and remote diagnosis to urge healthcare, sensor-based trade government to urge travel, and “revolutionising a approach visitors knowledge traveller venues by a use of Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies”.

Margot James, Minister for Digital, pronounced in a statement: “This is a outrageous event for an civic area to turn a flagship of a desirous programme to make Britain fit for a destiny and a universe personality in 5G. Trialling 5G during scale opposite an whole city is a possibility to infer a mercantile advantages likely from this new technology, exam opposite methods of deployment and boost a connectivity of typical people operative and vital there.”

The DCMS skeleton to follow a urban project with a Rural Connected Communities Project.

On Mar 9, a DCMS announced subsidy for another 6 projects value £25 million underneath a 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, that started final year. The winners were 5G RuralFirst, led by Cisco and a University of Strathclyde, 5G Smart Tourism from a West of England Combined Authority (which includes Bath and Bristol), a Worcestershire 5G Consortium, and a 5G Rural Integrated Testbed (5GRIT) led by Quickline Communications.

Liverpool will run a health-oriented 5G testbed led by Sensor City with a NHS, while Airspan Communications will lead AutoAir, a 5G testbed for connected and unconstrained vehicles.

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