Images of Research: Progress through partnership

5G RuralFirst: connecting communities

Category: Transformative technology

A hand holding a mobile phone in front of a phone mast in a remote location

Rural areas have largely been left behind as national mobile operators improve connectivity in cities. Working with local and national partners, we sought to redress the balance, building a low cost mobile network in Orkney. The 5G RuralFirst trial demonstrated how shared spectrum techniques could be used to make coverage in rural areas affordable – a world-first! Our ongoing work aims to create a toolkit for local operators to build their own mobile networks.

Entrant: Kenny Barlee , Electronic And Electrical Engineering

Copyright: Kenny Barlee

Funding: UK Government, Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) 5G Testbeds and Trials programme

Collaborators: Ofcom


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