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5G RuralDorset

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We aim to show how 5G can make Dorset a better place to live, work and visit. 

This research and development programme will contribute to the understanding of how 5G can be used to address some specific challenges – public safety, rural isolation, economic growth – as well as create new opportunities in Dorset and rural communities across the UK.

We believe that people living in rural communities like Dorset need and deserve access to the benefits of next generation connectivity just as much as those living in the towns and cities.  In the past, it has been very challenging for network operators to serve rural places like Dorset with our smaller population and beautiful, but challenging environment.

By showing new ways of deploying mobile connectivity, the uses of 5G and the potential demand in rural communities, we will support the UK5G market to speed up its ability to serve places like rural Dorset.

5G RuralDorset is running four research and development streams with other supporting projects in parallel. Our main areas of interest are;

  • Future of Food.  We will be trialling uses of 5G connectivity in agriculture and aquaculture to increase productivity and reduce environmental impact.
  • Innovation Accelerator.  Advanced connectivity will be provided at the heart of Dorset Innovation Park, a Local Enterprise Zone and advanced-engineering centre which already supports large and small companies that develop innovative connected products and services.
  • Rural Business Accelerator.  A workstream, on the Lulworth Estate, will look to use new mobile services to unlock social and commercial benefits.
  • Coastal Safety Accelerator.  Connectivity along the coast can often be poor which hampers emergency response.  One workstream will focus on improving public coastal safety by increasing access to digital communication services for first responder organisations including the RNLI, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and General Lighthouse Authority.
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