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5G trials in Dorset


In this trial,we aim to place new wireless technology on existing masts and fibre owned and operated by internet service provider Wessex Internet.

The resulting connectivity will:

  • support uses in agriculture
  • provide access to digital services tackling rural issues such as isolation and social care needs

This will show that existing and new infrastructure can be combined to deliver next generation connectivity more affordably. The test area will be on farmland yet to be determined.

Lulworth Estate

In this trial, we’ll be deploying new mobile services to unlock social and commercial benefits.

These will include:

  • Vodafone bringing enhanced mobile phone coverage to the area for locals and the 1 million visitors who visit each year
  • additional possible uses from tourism and education to healthcare will also be considered

Connected Coast

In this trial, we’ll try to improve public safety by addressing some of the serious communications challenges of the first responder community and organisations including the RNLI and Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Excelerate Technology will provide improved connectivity along the coast.

We will:

  • trial digital applications that engage with the public and improve the responsiveness of emergency services to incidents
  • evaluate the upgrade of existing infrastructure around the coast and develop the social and economic case for deployment, considering additional use cases, from tourism and aquaculture to education and healthcare

The exact location of this test-area has yet to be determined.

5G Innovation Accelerator 

In this trial, we will provide advanced connectivity at the heart of Dorset Innovation Park, a Local Enterprise Zone and advanced engineering centre which already supports large and small companies that develop innovative connected products and services.

This will be connected to other sites in the UK and focus on wide area connectivity solutions for rural and coastal regions.

It will support businesses operating in the county and across the supply chain to test and develop products before deployment in a collaborative and secure way in this strategically important location.

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