Mark Whitehead 12 March 2018

Funding awarded to test 5G technology

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The winners of grants to develop communications technology have been announced in the latest stage of the government's drive to make the UK 'a world leader in 5G'.

Six projects will be led by small and medium-sized enterprises, universities and local authorities to test applications in 'smart farming' using drones, the ‘internet of things’ to improve healthcare in the home, increasing manufacturing productivity and self-driving cars.

The projects are part of a £1bn commitment through the Government's digital strategy announced last year.

The West of England Combined Authority has been given £5m to deliver 'enhanced visual experiences' at attractions in Bath and Bristol, while Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership has received £4.8m to help businesses increase productivity.

Margot James, minister for digital and the creative industries, said: 'One year on from the digital strategy, we are delivering on our commitments to create a Britain fit for the future, with a thriving digital economy that works for everyone.

'The ground-breaking projects announced today will help to unlock 5G and ensure the benefits of this new technology are felt across the economy and wider society.'

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