UK shuts down its 5G testbed programme
The UK is shutting down its 5GUK testbed and trails (5GTT) programme, replacing it with another operation to drive diversification of the supply chain.
“As the 5G Testbeds & Trials programme reaches its conclusion, there has been much to reflect on over the past six months, not least the scale of collective achievement,” said the head of 5GUK, Bob Driver. The programme has been running for the last five years with projects in
“Today we have over 5,000 members from over 1,900 organisations,” he said of the 5GUK programme, “It is all those people that have really driven the success of 5GTT. As the government’s focus turns now from adoption to diversification, a new innovation network for the telecoms sector – UKTIN – has officially started this month.
This new network will look to build on UK5G, but is a different network with a different focus. The UK telecoms ecosystem is fragmented and sees minimal investment from international investors, says Driver. The aim of UKTIN is to directly address this, to coalesce and expand the UK’s telecoms ecosystem, collaboratively develop future opportunities countrywide and proactively engage on the international stage.
UKTIN will be delivered by a new consortium with the Digital Catapult, Cambridge Wireless, University of Bristol and WM5G at Warwick University.
The plan for diversification aims to provide more choice and greater affordability, particularly important for SMEs.
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