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DCMS share their 2021 highlights

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  • Published by Crispin Moller on 16 Dec 2021
  • Last modified 16 Dec 2021
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) plays a crucial role in the rollout of 5G in the UK and with the announcement of new competitions in 2021 (FRANC, Fibre in Water and Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator), it’s certainly been a busy year!

Mija Valdez, Digital Engagement Manager, said: “I was honoured to attend the highly-anticipated 5G Festival, which has now completed three successful trials. Seeing the immersive festivals in person was genuinely fantastic.”

5G Festival Performance

James Boot, Head of Creative Industries and Healthcare Innovation, said: “Definitely attending the BT Adastral Park demonstrations of 5G Green Planet and 5G Edge/XR - and Dance East. These are all compelling examples of how 5G can be used to change immersive experiences of Sports, Education and Creative Arts.”

5G Adastral


Jessica Ellis, Head of Programme Development, said: “We were thrilled to speak alongside some incredible names at a range of events including the Connected Britain panel, the Dell round table, the SONIC launch event and 5G Realised.”

Mohammad Lari, Cross-Government and International Lead, said: “Visiting the 5G Hub at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, which is essentially a facility to help develop and showcase the benefits of hybrid 5G and satellite communications networks. It was built with the aim to support applied R&D&I for LEO manufacturers, terrestrial MNOs, application developers and help uplift the research strengths of the entire Harwell Campus.”


Maeve Hickey, UK5G and Engagement Lead, said: “I really enjoyed visiting the 5G ENCODE project this year at the National Composites Center. It was great to finally meet the team in person and see some of the brilliant work they've been doing. We were able to see some live demonstrations of the use cases they've been testing like, using AR & VR to support design, manufacturing and training processes and how they are monitoring and tracking time-sensitive assets across the factory floor.”

Ian Smith, Programme Director, said: “It’s been amazing to witness the Programme grow year on year and 2021 has been no exception. It's been incredible to see our projects navigate the challenges they've faced with the pandemic and continue to thrive and produce key benefits for their communities and industries. From 2018 to now we've supported 51 projects across the Programme as well as our newly announced Diversification projects. I look forward to seeing how it continues to grow into 2022.”

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