An update to the 5G strategy has been added, outlining the progress made so far in delivering the strategy and what the plan is for the future.
The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has published the update, outlining the next phase of work aimed at preparing the UK for a 5G future. This includes the steps that will be taken to support the investment and the ongoing programme of 5G Testbeds and Trials.
First published in the Spring Budget this year the ‘Phase 1’ competition focuses on new and innovative use cases for 5G to help identify new revenue streams and business models.
The 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme launched a £25m competition in October 2017 to fund an initial series of testbeds and trials.
The government, which announced specific funding for 5G projects in the Budget in November, has now announced that ‘Phase 2’ programme will include funding for the first large-scale projects.
A ‘call for views’ on the scale and scope of deployment pilots that have been made by the Government, in the hope of helping to establish the conditions for timely deployment and development of 5G in the UK.
This includes timescales for their delivery, amount of funding contribution, and the method of allocation of funding.
DCMS is also launching a call for evidence to ascertain what makes investing in fibre and 5G attractive and how the government can support this.
The government has also announced that a consortium led by CW, in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network and TM Forum, has been selected to help in the development of the UK’s 5G ecosystem.
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.”