New 5G trials to take place in rural areas

28 AUG 2019

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A new competition has been launched to roll out 5G across the countryside in a bid to boost farmers' businesses and the rural economy.

The £30m UK-wide competition announced by Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan seeks to spark a tech revolution in countryside communities.

Up to ten rural locations will be chosen to run innovative trials of 5G applications.

They will stimulate commercial investment in 5G technology which offers mobile speeds 10 to 20 times faster than previous generations.

The Rural Connected Communities competition is the latest wave of £200 million funding to pioneer 5G testbeds across the country.

The technology is already being used in the Orkney Islands to remotely monitor salmon fisheries and improve efficiency of wind farms.

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