Rural Community Accelerator

Objectives

This research area will develop 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 will explore 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 already 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 will be exploring 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