Projects across the UK have been given funding to test the revolutionary high-speed connectivity available via 5G technologies.
The new projects will receive a share of £30 million through 5G Create – an open competition to develop innovations that support UK industry, as part of the wider £200 million 5G Testbeds and Trials programme.
The money will be used for research and development (R&D) in the following projects:
- AI-controlled traffic lights to reduce pollution and congestion in Manchester
- Remote music festivals using 5G at Brighton Dome
- Cost reduction for the RAF’s Tempest fighter jet programme in Preston
- BT Sport will use 5G to transform watching live sports through virtual reality
- NHS video consultations for low-income families in Liverpool
- 5G’s ability to boost productivity via autonomous trucks at Nissan’s Sunderland car factory.
Matt Warman, Minister for Digital Infrastructure, said: “We are helping innovative thinkers across Britain use their creativity to harness the power of 5G and boost economic productivity, cut pollution and congestion, and develop the next generation of entertainment.
“The new funding we are announcing today will help us pioneer new ways to seize the opportunities of 5G and bring tangible benefits for consumers and businesses across the country.”
The Government has already funded 24 5G testbed projects across the UK. These have helped with the development of 70 different 5G technologies, products and applications.
The Government has already confirmed a second round of funding through 5G Create, which will be revealed later this year.
5G is a growing area of interest for many businesses and the development of technologies in this area could benefit from R&D tax credits, even if they are unable to obtain additional grant funding via the Government.