United Kingdom

The UK government is investing £36 million in 10 regions, creating 5G Innovation Regions (5GIRs) from Glasgow to the West Midlands. This funding will accelerate 5G-enabled innovation in sectors like public services and sustainable farming.

Key Points:

  1. Funding Allocation: £36 million will be distributed among regions, with each receiving £3 million to £3.8 million.

  2. Project Objectives: The investment aims to drive 5G and advanced wireless technology adoption, focusing on specific projects like health and social care monitoring, smart energy grids, and 5G Science Parks.

  3. Advisory Group: A new Digital Infrastructure Advisory Group will support regions in adopting 5G and advanced wireless technologies.

  4. Benefits and Vision: The government seeks to stimulate 5G demand in various sectors, projecting productivity benefits of £159 billion by 2035.

  5. Regional Projects: Each region has outlined specific projects, such as Glasgow's focus on health and social care and Greater Manchester's 5G-enabled heat pumps for smart energy grids.

  6. UKTIN Collaboration: The UK Telecoms Innovation Network (UKTIN) will collaborate with 5G Innovation Regions to drive nationwide adoption of 5G technologies.

  7. Connectivity Impact: Improved connectivity through 5G is expected to transform local areas, enhancing economies and providing secure, faster, and reliable connectivity.

More information here: Public services, transport and creative industries sectors set for £36 million 5G connectivity boost