Rural Testing Starts for 5G in the UK

Cisco and 29 partners have started a trial of 5G irradiation in Britain’s rural areas.

The trial particularly aims “to test enhanced mobile broadband, optical wireless (LiFi), radio broadcast over 5G, and agri-tech” over an area of 770 square miles..

In a paid-for blog post two days ago, a piece apparently sponsored by Cisco, tech site sdxcentral.com gave out the glorious news:

SDXCENTRAL.COM
Matt Hamblen 8 Feb 2019

Cisco this week launched an ambitious rural 5G trial in the British Isles that includes 29 wireless industry partners to test enhanced mobile broadband, optical wireless (LiFi), radio broadcast over 5G, and agri-tech. The trial is part of Cisco’s 5G RuralFirst initiative to contribute to the business case for improving connectivity beyond cities.

The 5G project, partly funded by the U.K. government, stretches across 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) in and around the Orkney Isles, focusing exclusively on underserved areas termed “not spots.” The trials will also reach from the Orkney Isles north of the Scottish mainland to Somerset in southwest England, a distance of more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).

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This information sheds some light on what was meant by “Creation of large-scale testbeds – the Connected Communities projects in both rural and urban settings” which was contained in a written response from the UK Government last week to a Digital Survivor information request.

(See also this example of how Nokia is field-testing 5G abroad right now.)

(Hat-Tip @No5Gni on Twitter) 😎