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5G trial coming to North Yorkshire

5G trial coming to North Yorkshire

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 7:29am 20th February 2020.

Rural parts of North Yorkshire will be at the centre of a series of Government trials of 5G technology. 

  • It's one of nine projects across the UK 
  • The county will receive £6m 
  •  35% of the County currently has no 4G mobile coverage 
  • It's hoped the project will help boost tourism and tackle social isolation

The £6m Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) project will aim to bring mobile connectivity to some areas of North Yorkshire currently missing out – 35% of the County currently has no 4G mobile coverage.

It will also test how superfast mobile connectivity can benefit the county in boosting tourism, tackling social isolation and acting as an early warning system for flooding emergencies.

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Some communities in North Yorkshire don't even have 4G

The project is supported by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports - as part of the 5G Rural Connected Communities Trials and Testbed programme.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie:

“We are extremely pleased to be involved in this important project and look forward to working with our partners to create effective and efficient mobile networks across even our most far-flung rural communities.  

We will also explore how, through mobile technology, we can address social isolation, deliver health and wellbeing services, boost tourism and the wider economy and provide early warning around flooding – issues we must address in enabling our rural communities to be sustainable and to thrive. Up to 85 per cent of our county is what is classed as ‘super-sparse’.

Our population density is five times below the national average and our huge scale gives us particular challenges around digital connectivity and the cost of connecting the hardest-to-reach areas.

This project is therefore a very welcome development.”

DCMS Secretary of State Oliver Dowden:

“We’re making sure our rural communities aren’t left behind in the digital age.

This project will help North Yorkshire grasp the opportunities and economic benefits of next generation 5G technology.

We will learn valuable lessons here, that will benefit the whole country, on how 5G can boost tourism, tackle loneliness, support the emergency services network and detect flooding.”