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UK government bangs on about 5G once more

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It’s been 8 months since the UK last said it was really into 5G so the time has apparently come to make another such gesture.

This time the big initiative comes from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and takes the form of a nationwide competition to find test locations for 5G with a few million pounds of public cash as the incentive to take part.

“To stay competitive we must be at the cutting edge of new technology and we are determined to be one of the first countries in the world to use 5G,” said Minister for Digital Matt Hancock. “In these very early stages we want all ideas, from all parts of the country, that will help us get the technology and the roll-out right to have a nationwide network of 5G innovators.”

“Improving productivity requires targeted and sustained investment, which is why we are backing the UK’s digital infrastructure with over a billion pounds of government funding,” said Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Andrew Jones. “Whether we are doing business online or the weekly grocery shop online, strong and reliable connections are crucial to this. Today’s announcement is a big step forward in bringing 5G to the UK and ensuring our digital infrastructure is fit for the future.”

Only £25 million of that billion is being offered in this initiative, which smacks of the government wanting to be seen to be involved with 5G rather than doing anything really substantial about it. The usual redundant statements about how important connectivity is for the economy are wheeled out once more and meanwhile the private sector just gets on with it.

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