As more social and economic activity, from education and healthcare to retail and business, takes place online, a lack of connectivity is an impediment to economic growth and social mobility in rural areas, whereas the economics of telecoms infrastructure deployment are challenging.
The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR) has considered the UK digital infrastructure market to understand investment incentives in future telecoms infrastructure, including 5G, and to establish which policy interventions are needed to deliver on Government’s future connectivity objectives. It sets out the framework and conditions necessary to underpin investment and innovation in 5G, and to deliver the Government’s commitment to have 5G coverage for the majority of the UK by 2027.
The DCMS 5G Testbeds and Trials (5GTT) Programme is a fundamental part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, and key to delivering the objectives of the FTIR.
As part of the 5GTT Programme, DCMS is designing the new Rural Connected Communities (RCC) project, with the aim of building the business case for rural mobile connectivity (including 5G) by:
- Identifying and testing demand-led coverage models;
- Testing a range of innovative technical solutions and commercial approaches; and
- Building and proving demand through new 5G use cases.
In order to help define how RCC can most effectively do this, DCMS, working with UK5G, ran five UK-wide workshops in June 2019. CW is the lead partner in UK5G, and delivery partner KTN is driving these events.
The insights gained from these workshops are expected to lead to a funding competition later in the year.