The Belfast Region is contributing to Northern Ireland’s innovation economy by making targeted investments in initiatives that will accelerate the adoption and commercialisation of advanced wireless technologies.

Key information

Total project funding amount: £3,800,000

Project date(s): -

Category: Government Funded

Location(s): Belfast City Region

Status: Open

The Belfast 5G Innovation Region will deliver across high-growth sectors including creative industries, advanced manufacturing, and transport and logistics. 

The initiatives are: 

  • Ulster University’s Studio Ulster is unlocking ‘5G-in-a-box' technology to provide real-time, high-capacity uplinks between on-location filming and production studios.   
  • Belfast Harbour is harnessing 5G-led innovations to accelerate the digitisation of port operations including automatic bulk freight handling and safety improvements. 
  • NI’s public transport provider, Translink, is exploiting advanced wireless connectivity to  enable enhanced operations and network planning along its Glider bus routes and drive modal shift for a cleaner, healthier city.    
  • Queen’s University is harnessing 5G, Building Information Modelling, Digital Twin technology and Augmented Reality to support the design and construction of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, a £100 million Factory of the Future. 
  • A 5G grant scheme will support local SMEs to develop 5G use cases and harness advanced wireless digital connectivity to grow their business.  
  • A 5G Enablement Programme will foster NI’s advanced wireless ecosystem by building skills, sharing knowledge, identifying opportunities for economic growth, and attracting investment.   

Organisations participating in this project

Belfast City Council

Local authority for Northern Ireland's capital city

Engaged in a range of smart city activities

One of the UK's 5G Innovation Regions

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