As part of Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, the University of Brighton is co-leading the Brighton 5GTestbed project, a named part of the Government’s 5G strategy. With £1.2m funding from the C2C LEP and in collaboration with 5GIC at the University of Surrey, this aims to support SME growth by through the development of Next Gen product and services.
A capital investment of £1.2 million was provided to build the testbed by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which won the funding from the government’s Local Growth Fund.
The testbed will allow Brighton-based small businesses to benefit from 5G mobile wireless communications and will provide space to test and explore new applications of 5G. It promises to be “an environment where start-ups and scale-ups can access the most advanced digital technology solutions, including an Immersive Lab, enabling these businesses to grow faster”. Digital Catapult and partners are encouraging local companies to register to take part in using the testbed to develop their ideas.
Professor Cham, university lead for 5G Brighton, said: “The testbed positions the university as a national player in the field of next generation digital connectivity and the city as a living ‘Internet of Place’ developer community. Through our DRIVA project and role in 5G Brighton, we have a unique opportunity to combine the university’s expertise in User Experience and Data Science in tangible ways to provide a mix of both depth and reach when it comes to insights about product and service innovations, with users and customers at its core.”