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Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY)

  • Started on 1 Mar 2020

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Government funding: £4,431,677 

Project Summary

The Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) project will support the development of future rural connectivity in the county by developing new technologies, apps and services tailored for rural areas. These will focus on tourism, mental health, coverage for emergency services and environmental management.

The project will build small mobile phone networks in areas that have no mobile coverage. It aims to understand how the public, private and community sectors can work together to reduce the cost of delivering mobile access in rural areas.  The project is led by Quickline Communications, the largest wireless ISP in the country working with North Yorkshire County Council, two universities and four small businesses.


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Addressing four use cases, which are relevant and integral to North Yorkshire and wider rural areas it will highlight how 5G can:

  • Boost tourism and other rural businesses to develop a growth economy
  • Enhance environmental monitoring supporting relief agencies and council led teams
  • Support mission critical services delivery and
  • Improve residents’ wellbeing and mental health.

In order to achieve this, the project will use newly available software technology and the spectrum – 1.8 to 4.2Ghz – to develop the network. Delivered using small items of radio equipment distributed across the network and controlled by locally installed software, it will provide the end user with ultrafast connections enabling broadband and data telephony in areas of current ‘not spots’.

A further element of the project will be to enable connectivity with a conventional mobile signal by working with MNOs allowing them to roam onto the network.

Led by Quickline Communications, the consortium includes North Yorkshire County Council; the universities of York and Lancaster – Management School and School of Computing and Computer Science – aql ltd, Cybermoor 5G services, Flo-culture, Wireless coverage and Safenetics. The consortium partners combines a wide range of experience and expertise relevant to the design and delivery of high-speed connectivity to rural communities.

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  • Rebecca Proctor
    Marketing and Customer Communications Officer
    North Yorkshire County Council

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