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5G trials coming to part of Wiltshire

5G trials coming to part of Wiltshire

Published by Mike Draper at 4:00am 23rd February 2020.

3 minute read

The Chalke Valley will benefit from a government-funded trial of the new super fast mobile phone network.

This part of Wiltshire's getting a share of £65 million Government package for 5G trials in nine areas across the UK.

5G IN THE CHALKE VALLEY

    • FUNDING: The Chalke Valley trial is getting £2,359,762 from the Government
    • WHERE: The initial deployment will be in the Chalke Valley
    • WHO'S BEHIND IT:  The MONeH Consortium, led by Telet Research, CH4LKE Mobile and Associated Networks
    • WHAT IT'S CALLED:  MONeH (Multi Operator Neutral Host) it means mobile phone users can connect to the CH4LKE Mobile network if they lose signal with their own provider

The CH4LKE Mobile community interest company have already been working to address the poor coverage, and are involved in this latest development for the Chalke Valley.

Village name signs for Broad Chalke and Bowerchalke.
5G TRIALS: The Chalke Valley is getting nearly £2.4M Government cash for super fast mobile network.

MONEY FOR 5G TRIALS

Digital Secretary, Oliver Dowden, made the announcement this week (20 Feb 2020):

"We're determined to make the UK a world-leader in 5G and deliver on our promise to improve connections for people and businesses across the country... we're announcing new funding to seize the new opportunities this technology will offer us. This includes seeing how it could create new jobs in the countryside, make businesses more productive and unleash even more ideas in our cutting-edge creative industries."

While the commercial rollout of 5G by mobile companies continues at pace, the government's investing in these testbeds to push the envelope of what high speed connectivity can do across a range of industries and geographic areas.

James Body, Technical Architect of the MONeH Consortium, said:

"Instead of building large, expensive and unpopular large masts in our rural areas, we can use inexpensive low power small cells to provide a quality local service to users of all mobile networks, in addition to Emergency Services, National Health Service, Utility companies and any other local private users in a rapidly deployable and cost effective manner. Empowering local organizations to deploy their own networks offers reduced costs, shorter build times and the ability to provide coverage where it is really needed."

Mobile Phone screen with apps (pixabay)
5G mobile network connection in the Chalke Valley could radically impact and improve daily life.

WILL 5G CHANGE MY LIFE? 5G could change your daily routine in a multitude of ways...

  • You'll be able to download content faster
  • 4K and 8K high resolution video will be much more viable
  • Streaming will have minimal buffering
  • 5G gaming and graphics will be enhanced on mobile devices
  • It'll open more opportunities for virtual reality and augmented reality experiences
  • Cars could also be connected to the 5G network communicating and sharing traffic information and much more
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