11:24 11 April 2017
Bournemouth is expected to play a crucial role in the next phase of efforts to make Britain a world leader in 5G technology. The coastal town is already the test bed for a mapping tool that will make the development of 5G possible.
Cllr John Beesley, the leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “Bournemouth is in a strong position to be a key part in this next wave of 5G development. Our work with the Ordnance Survey to provide a test bed environment for the mapping tool required to launch 5G puts the town at the forefront of plans to introduce 5G mobile coverage.
“Through this work we are supporting the government’s aims to become a world leader in 5G technology and we will continue to engage with central government as the programme develops.”
Meanwhile, Dan Willis, the engagement director at British Software Development in Bournemouth, said that there are various unknown elements surrounding 5G.
“As a technology it has not been fully defined. The standards, capacity, speed are still yet to be set,” he said.
“Due to this, a number of test-bed projects will be performed throughout the UK, of which Bournemouth has been chosen to be one.
“Ordnance Survey will be mapping areas Bournemouth to understand the effect that buildings, lamp posts, trees or even rain can have on high frequency 5G signals.”