DSIT Funded 5G Adoption Projects
DSIT’s Wireless Infrastructure Strategy sets out its ambition to deliver nationwide coverage of standalone 5G to all populated areas by 2030, allowing people, businesses and public services across the UK to realise the full benefits of 5G. The government has allocated almost £150 million to support this work, with up to £100 million to put the UK at the forefront of research and £40 million to boost 5G tech adoption.
The programme aims to deliver on the following objectives:
Showcase how 5G and other advanced wireless technologies can support technology application and innovation in key sectors like public services, rural industries and advanced manufacturing by acting as a foundation for enabling wider technological ambitions.
Diversify the telecoms supply chain by using 5G adoption to drive investment in secure networks by stimulating demand and support the deployment of private networks.
Test and trial standards in pilot programmes across the UK, encouraging investment in in wireless networks and unlocking opportunities across the digital economy.
5G technology is estimated to bring up to £159 billion in productivity benefits by 2035 if adopted widely. The UK Government has set out a levelling-up initiative and, as a part of that, we want places and communities across the country to be able to experience the benefits of digital connectivity. Improved connectivity will improve lives and drive growth. All of this work goes hand-in-hand to move the UK towards a better understanding of the wide range of benefits, both social and economic, that 5G provides.