The UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, under MP Matt Hancock, has announced it wants the UK to be a global leader in the next generation of mobile technology. The government’s 5G programme is being set up now, and a 5G prospectus illustrates how it will work and what it will enable, namely, the transformation of business and society with enhanced mobile broadband connections and considerably faster speeds. This will accelerate the development of the Internet of Things. So the department is setting up a series of Testbeds and Trials focused on the testing and development of applications and products that will make use of the new capabilities. It is asking interested parties across the UK to submit proposals for match-funded grants of up to £5 million. The government has set aside £25 million from the £740 million of the National Productivity Investment Fund. But the former director of the regulator Ofcom and has warned that most of the fund would be better spent addressing existing 4G problems. The prospectus is available here and further commentary can be found on The Register.

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