In collaboration with the MoD and Vodafone we have built an indoor Full 5G Mobile Private network. This exciting new collaboration is part of the wider Defence Innovation Centre development on the Dorset Innovation Park site. This will enable and equip small, agile tech companies to work alongside the MoD in a way which has traditionally been reserved for larger organisations with prohibitive security clearance requirements. The benefit of this will be the rapid prototyping and development of new and exciting 5G applications to address defence and security challenges, whilst growing high value skills in enhanced mobile connectivity for people in Dorset and beyond.
5G Test Range
Alongside the indoor network is an outdoor 5G range and testbed for evaluating 5G against 4G LTE, NB-IoT and other bearers ‘in the wild’ and away from the laboratory but on a secure site. The Innovation Park is large and secure so it is ideal for use by government and commercial organisations to test security and resilience solutions and demonstrate new technologies. Examples include evaluating 5G modem and network segmentation and exploring 5G applications in autonomous vehicles as well as augmented reality, autonomy, advanced manufacture, remote control robotics and live stream HD video.