Project partners Vodafone have deployed a new base station in Worth Matravers. The project will use new 5G mobile services to unlock social and commercial benefits for the area.
This research area has developed the social and economic case for rural 5G deployment by mobile network operators, considering additional use cases from leisure and tourism to education.
In addition the project explored the barriers to the roll out of telecoms infrastructure in very rural locations, including planning consent challenges and challenges around the provision of both power and backhaul connectivity for very rural locations.
The project has provided a new site at Worth Matravers which is providing improved 3G and 4G connectivity as well as the very latest in 5G technology. Here we explored two specific use cases:
Whether NBIoT connectivity can improve the monitoring of vulnerable individuals in their own homes
Whether higher speed 5G connectivity can be used as a viable alternative to fixed broadband connectivity