The government has published an update to its 5G strategy, which outlines the progress it has made to date in delivering against its recommendations.
It also details the next phase of work intended to prepare the UK for a 5G future. This includes the steps the government will have to take in order to support investment, as well as the ongoing programme of 5G Testbeds and Trials.
The government explained that the second phase of programme activity will follow the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, which launched a £25 million competition to fund an initial series of testbeds and trials. This ‘Phase 1’ competition focuses on new and innovative use cases for 5G in order to help identify fresh revenue streams and business models for all parts of the supply chain.
Now, the government has announced that ‘Phase 2’ activity will include funding for the first large-scale projects. It has launched a call for views on the appropriate scale and scope of deployment pilots in order to establish the conditions under which 5G can be deployed.
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.”
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said its aim was to create the world’s most innovative economy, adding that the UK needs a long-term strategy for fixed and mobile networks.
This review is intended to determine what conditions will encourage the long-term investment needed to secure world-class digital connectivity, which will be widely available and affordable to UK businesses and consumers.