County to look at impact of 5G - The Evesham Observer

County to look at impact of 5G

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council has won its bid to investigate positive impacts of 5G.

The West Mercia Rural project is part of an ongoing development to test and trial the benefits the system could have in rural areas.

The scheme is set to start April 1, following a £3.3million boost from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – the lead partner to the project.

Other partners in the scheme will include local NHS organisations, alongside private partners Airband and Three who wlll plan, build and operate the 5G.

Coun Ken Pollock said: “The county council is happy to be leading the bid for new 5G technology in rural areas and the support that this could have for Health and Social care resources, highlighting the huge joint ventures of the public and private sector partners.”

Through the 5G network it is hoped that the new technology will be used to assist local residents.

DCMS Secretary of State Oliver Dowden said: “We want the UK to be a world-leader in 5G, and want to ensure that the countryside is a part of this new digital revolution.”

The project will explore previous infrastructure challenges that developers faced when building and operating rural 5G networks.

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