5G RuralDorset and Vodafone partner on rural 5G film

A new film highlights ground-breaking work taking place in Dorset to help develop a blueprint for next generation mobile connectivity across rural parts of the UK.

The video has been produced and paid for by Vodafone in collaboration with WING London, Dorset Council and partners delivering the 5G RuralDorset project.

It showcases some of the research locations and use cases involved in the national project and the potential benefits to businesses and residents of Dorset.

5G RuralDorset is a £7m research and development project funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the council’s industry partners. It aims to understanding how next generation connectivity can help people live better, safer and more prosperous lives in rural communities.

The trials examine several use cases in public safety, industrial innovation, business applications and agriculture. The latter includes aquaculture as Dorset has been identified by the government as having a high potential opportunity for growth in this area.

Dorset Council Deputy Leader Peter Wharf said: “Like many predominantly rural counties, Dorset faces significant connectivity challenges. We are delighted to be leading this important research project to investigate the innovative approaches that may help provide the future connectivity needed to support residents, businesses and visitors.”

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said: “5G RuralDorset is one of the many innovative projects we are backing to see how next-generation connectivity can boost the economy. I’m hugely excited to see how it can bring lots of new benefits to rural communities, including in the farming and food production industries.”

You can view the film and more information about the project on the 5G RuralDorset website. It can also be found on Vodafone’s Business site.