UK government announces plans to invest in next generation technology

PrintThe UK Government is at last to invest properly in the next generation of technological infrastructure to ensure the company keeps pace with developments in broadband, the Internet of Things and 5G. It is to invite the country’s major cities to bid for a chance to pilot 5G from next year. The technology is a key enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT) because it is up to a hundred times faster and more reliable than existing 4G connections. In turn, the IoT will boost the application of game changing technology such as driverless cars and smart building systems. Although the Government has recently focussed on headline physical projects such as HS2, it has come under sustained criticism for the country’s often creaking technological infrastructure.

In May the National Infrastructure Commission launched a consultation asking organisations and local authorities to comment on the needs of the country for new technology. The commission’s chairman, Lord Adonis, said at the launch of the consultation: “5G has the potential to shape our world in ways that are completely unknowable today ….and will spur innovations and industries we cannot even imagine.”

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