09 September 2019

Grants up to £5million to test ground-breaking 5G applications in rural areas, alongside proposed planning reforms to improve and extend mobile coverage.

Application deadline: 25th October 2019.

the 5G Rural Connected Communities Project is a UK-wide competition, designed to ignite a tech revolution in countryside communities and help rural areas seize the opportunities of 5G mobile technology. 5G is the next generation of mobile networks, offering speeds 10 to 20 times faster than previous mobile technologies.

Up to ten rural locations will be chosen to run innovative trials of 5G applications and stimulate commercial investment in 5G technology. The funding will trial new uses of 5G in rural communities to help drive business growth, enhance lives and encourage innovation.

The initiative has an overall budget of £30million. Grants ranging from £2million to £5million will be awarded to successful bids.

Find out more here.

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