Report: UK’s 5G landscape is ‘active and growing rapidly’

Digital Catapult has released some interesting results from what its researchers are calling the UK’s first ever 5G landscape report.

5G is predicted to enable US$12.3 trillion (€10.47 trillion) of global economic output by 2035. According to Digital Catapult’s research, the UK is setting itself up well to capitalise on its potential.

Part of its strength comes from the range of relevant and skilled 5G actors in the UK. This includes private and public sector organisations, academics and researchers, and startup and emerging network innovators.

Digital Catapult notes there are currently 39 academic institutions, 29 local authorities, and 57 companies undertaking almost 200 5G-related activities in the UK.

Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult, says:

“5G's real impact depends on innovation. Around the UK, 5G development is moving from the universities to the market and all sorts of initiatives that have been in labs need to come into the light.

As the first comprehensive analysis of the UK’s 5G ecosystem, this report provides an invaluable resource, enabling innovators and policy-makers to track the activities which are building UK 5G capability and providing helpful pointers to how UK companies can become world leaders in the future infrastructure.”

The initiatives cover a wide variety of 5G use cases. Four areas which have been identified as ‘crucial’ for the economy are healthcare, transport, immersive technologies, and manufacturing.

Dritan Kaleshi, 5G Lead Technologist, Digital Catapult, says:

“The vision of 5G is much wider than an evolution of mobile broadband networks. This research shows that there are huge opportunities for 5G to unlock major economic and societal benefits in the UK.

With so much 5G activity, there is an excellent backdrop for innovative startups and scaleups to explore how 5G can be utilised and start to experiment in building the products, services and immersive experiences of the future.”

A strong focus on inter-connectivity has been highlighted as another strength of the UK 5G scene. Trials and research are conducted between institutions and businesses in the UK, as well as with the rest of the world.

Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair, Innovate UK, says:

"This new report by Digital Catapult is the first to be undertaken in the UK and goes a long way to helping us understand how 5G development can help to create a world-leading digital economy for the UK.

The Catapult in its role as the country’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre is perfectly placed to understand how the UK can maximise the immense opportunities from 5G.”

Digital Catapult’s research was commissioned by Innovate UK, the government’s agency for identifying and fostering innovations which are set to stimulate economic growth.

The report aims to provide a ‘snapshot and barometer to help the UK Government and industry assess 5G activity and deliver on the UK’s 5G Strategy.’

You can find the full report on the 5G landscape in the UK here.

What are your thoughts on the 5G landscape in the UK? Let us know in the comments.

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