Shaping 5G technology shaping in rural communities


The UK government announced the winners of a £25 million competition to pave the way for a future rollout of 5G technology. Agri-EPI Centre, together with Cisco, BBC and University of Strathclyde, is part of ‘5G RuralFirst’: one of the six winning projects in the 5G Trials and Testbeds scheme.

From the Orkney Islands to the West of England, the six projects led by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), universities and local authorities represent the best of UK innovation, resources and expertise.

5G technology

They will test 5G across a range of applications, including smart farming with drones, using the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) to improve healthcare in the home, increasing manufacturing productivity and maximising the future benefits of self-driving cars.

The project RuralFirst is aimed at exploiting 5G benefits for rural communities and industries like agriculture, broadcasting, and utilities, to address the challenges of and build the business case for 5G rural deployment. Agri-EPI will be responsible for shaping and managing the Agri-Tech elements of the project in collaboration with several our academic and commercial partners.

Read the full press release here.

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