Surrey is leading a collaboration with the University of Bristol and Kings College London on the £16m Phase 1 of the DCMS programme to develop a small scale 5G “network of networks” which will be demonstrated at the end of March 2018. This will form the UK’s first 5G development Hub which will then be connected to large scale 5G testbeds which will be established in a small number of other regions and cities to focus on the application of 5G to sectors such as autonomous and intelligent transport, digital healthcare, digital creative industry’s and industry 4.0.
This network of testbeds will form a key part of the UK government’s drive to establish a world leading digital infrastructure capable of boosting jobs and productivity.
In his recent keynote address to the UK Internet Governance Forum the Minister of State for Digital, Matt Hancock, said: "We want Britain to lead the way, as the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business.
"To achieve this we must create the world’s most dynamic digital economy, giving digital businesses access to the investment, skills and infrastructure they need to succeed. Our digital skills partnership, the introduction of coding in the curriculum for every child, our £1.7bn broadband rollout, and £1.1bn next generation full fibre and 5G strategy. Our support for enterprise and for start-ups which make the UK the leading tech hub in Europe. Our work to promote open data. These are all vital to getting this right. We are focussed on ensuring Britain is one of the leading places to develop."
For more information about this partnership, please refer to July’s full press release.