Rural 5G - LEPs & SMEs Working Group Webinar

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Starts 7 Sep 10:30

Ends 7 Sep 15:00

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Rural 5G - UK5G Webinar delivered by UK5G LEPs & SMEs Working Group

5G’s impact on accelerating digital connectivity for rural areas, for businesses, agriculture and social and health care applications.

The Global Digital Economy is expanding rapidly, and the Covid-19 crisis has underlined as never before the importance of high-quality digital connectivity in all aspects of business and personal life. Rural communities have historically struggled to obtain even basic levels of connectivity, but that is changing and 5G offers far greater flexibility on what can be done on a local and regional basis, even by using existing 4G networks as an initial foundation. With the vast increase in remote internet working due to Covid-19, improved digital connectivity for rural and extra-urban regions will be an extremely important part of government’s strategy for post Covid-19 recovery of the UK economy and social welfare.

You are therefore invited to join an information and discussion workshop sponsored by UK5G, the national advisory body for the UK’s national 5G support programme. We will have senior representatives present from DCMS and key external speakers who will give a non-technical description of 5G in the context of rural and extra-urban deployment and several case studies of rural 5G trials already underway. 

After the main webinar you will be able to book time slots for 1:1 discussions with speakers and other experts to talk further about the presentations given and about ways in which you can become involved in these developments.


  • This workshop will focus on the relevance of 5G to rural and extra-urban regions, for small businesses, agriculture and social and health care applications
  • To hear from experienced 5G/Digital practitioners about their practical experience as to what actually works
  • Provide the opportunity for 1:1 discussion sessions with experts so that delegates can talk through what tools, advice and connections they may require to engage in their own 5G developments
  • This webinar is one of a series of specialist events organised by UK5G aimed at helping regions engage in 5G developments that will support small businesses and other organisations to boost local economies and support social and healthcare services

Agenda - subject to change

10:30     Welcome and Introduction (Graham Malley, Iwona Wilk)
10:40     Non-technical overview of 5G, with emphasis on rural and extra urban deployment (Peter Curnow-Ford and Adrian Braine)
11:00     Rural case study 1 (Bob Stewart)
11:10     Short break
11:15     Rural case study 2, 3, 4 (Daniel Heery, David Branagh, TBC)
11:45     Q&A (Rosalind Singleton)
12:10     Round-up and close
12:30 - 15:00    One-to-one networking delivered via Meeting Mojo platform


  • Graham Malley, UK5G LEPs & SMEs Working Group Co-chair and Principal Director for Digital Manufacturing at Accenture
  • Bob Stewart, Professor of Signal Processing and Comminications at Universty of Strathclyde and Board Member of Scotland 5G Centre
  • Peter Curnow- Ford, UK5G LEPs & SMEs Working Group Member and Partner & Founder at Viatec Associates
  • Adrian Braine, UK5G LEPs & SMEs Working Group Member and Founder at Root 21
  • Daniel Heery, Founder of Cybermoor
  • David Branagh, Centre Director at NI Connected Health Innovation Centre
  • Rosalind Singleton, Chair of UK5G Advisory Board
  • TBC

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This webinar is aimed at all individuals representing interest from rural or extra urban regions who wish to learn more about how 5G can be deployed to improve digital activities in ways which can improve local economic productivity and social well-being. Case studies will span all UK regions.

Delivered by the LEPS & SMES Working Group

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