UK/South Korea 5G competition announced

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The UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced a new UK/South Korea 5G competition to help prepare the UK for future 5G rollout.

The funding competition is part of the UK’s 5G Testbed & Trials (5GTT) Programme, which aims to maximise the opportunities for UK businesses, especially SMEs, to develop new 5G applications and services for both domestic and global markets. The £2.4 million project is part of the government’s Modern Industrial Strategy and will be funded by the UK and South Korean governments to help support businesses in the markets and develop 5G technology. It will live test content and services on the Seoul metropolitan subway system.

Trials will enable businesses and researchers to investigate and address a number of user and technical challenges that are crucial to the future roll out of 5G. 

Minister for digital, Margot James said: ‘We want the UK to be a world leader in 5G services, and this collaboration with South Korea will create new opportunities for UK businesses abroad and encourage more inward investment. The UK has a huge pool of 5G scientific research and engineering talent, and I would encourage all businesses in this field to enter this innovative competition.’

Chairman of the 5G Forum Executive Committee, Professor DongKu Kim added: ‘British businesses are renowned for their creative content, design and innovation. We welcome the chance for our technologists and researcher and collaborate with them to create the next generation of mobile entertainment and services.’

The deadline for applications is 1 June and the competition is being managed by UK5G on behalf of DCMS.

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