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Testbeds and Trials

The initial portfolio of the DCMS Testbeds & Trials programme succeeded in building a national network of testbeds interconnected with 6 innovative trials spread across the UK, bringing together dozens of organisations from sectors as diverse as Agriculture, Health Care, Tourism and Transport.

The learnings from these early trials had significant impact in identifying challenges and supporting and informing a range of policy, regulatory and standardisation issues critical to advancing the development of 5G in the UK. Learnings from these use case trials covered access to spectrum suited to specific use cases, the importance of engagement with early adopters of creative wireless solutions in specific industrial sectors, and of ensuring that 5G standards are flexible enough to embrace widely varying and complex supply chains – one size does not fit all

These trials focused largely on enabling 5G use cases through advanced 4G solutions together with other compatible access technologies, since 5G commercial devices were still in development. The extension of these trials into 2020 will build on this knowledge base adding full 5G capabilities now that 5G equipment and devices are commercially available. There will be a particular focus on feeding inputs to the upcoming R16 version of the 5G standard which is widely held to be the key release which will enable the most challenging and innovative uses of 5G

Wide engagement with Local Authorities, the public and with SMEs has proven valuable alongside the traditional telecom supply side players. There is now a need for wider-scale trials to answer commercial questions: the Urban Connected Communities (UCC) trial and the recently announced Rural Connected Communities (RCC) trials aim to address the need for large scale trials in Urban and Rural contexts respectively. Specific trials focused on Road and Rail connectivity are also expected later this year.

The UK Testbeds and Trials WG will coordinate progress across all of these trials, ensuring that knowledge and relevant outcomes are shared across trials, other UK5G WGs, with DCMS and relevant government departments and Ofcom. The WG will also suggest appropriate means by which to input outcomes into relevant international standards bodies.

February 2020: UK5G Initiated to Create a Security Sub-Group
April 2020: Members formally announced

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