Bournemouth leads the way on 5G plans

Work is under way on a programme that will put Bournemouth at the forefront of plans to introduce 5G mobile coverage.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has chosen the seaside town to host a trial of the mapping and planning tools needed to set up a 5G network. The trial will be carried out by a consortium led by the Ordnance Survey (OS) alongside the University of Surrey and the Met Office.

The move comes ahead of the expected roll-out of 5G from 2018 onwards. 5G was recently given a boost in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

Councillor John Beesley, leader of Bournemouth Council, said: “We are delighted to work with Ordnance Survey to provide a test bed environment for the tool and support the government’s aims to become a world leader in 5G technology. Bournemouth’s digital and creative sector is a key priority for the Council and we recognise that supporting new technologies such as 5G is fundamental in continuing to build our digital infrastructure, leading to long term economic growth and creating the best possible place for people to live, work and play.”

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