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DCMS outlines steps towards the 5G Future

Matteo Natalucci Published 19 December 2017

Government details the next phase of work aimed at discovering new and innovative use cases for 5G


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has published an  update to its 5G strategy , first published at Spring Budget 2017, which outlines the next phase of work in 5G testbeds and trials programme.

The document 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, and the ongoing programme of 5G testbeds and trials.

In October, DCMS launched a £25m competition to fund an initial series of 5G testbeds and trials. The phase 1 of the competition focuses on 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.

Phase 2 programme activity will include funding for the first large scale projects. As part of this, DCMS has launched a  call for views  on the appropriate scale and scope of deployment pilots that will help to establish the conditions under which 5G can be deployed in a timely way and help foster the development of 5G in the UK. This includes the timescales over which they should be delivered, the amount of funding contribution which would be appropriate, and the method by which funding should be allocated.

DCMS has already announced the chosen partners for running the 5G innovation Network. A consortium led by CW, in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network and TM Forum, have been selected to help develop the UK’s 5G ecosystem. The Network will be responsible for facilitating the coordination and engagement of organisations working on UK 5G activities as well as creating and maintaining an accessible and up to date source of information about 5G activities for industry.

DCMS 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. The responses will inform its  Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review .

The Minister for Digital, Matt Hancock 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”.

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