The Isle of Wight Council has applied for a government grant to install a 5G testbed on the island and become one of a handful of testbed locations across the UK.
New council papers on growth and regeneration note that: “An island bid to become a testbed for 5G mobile communications has been submitted in December 2017 and a bid for the UK government Local Full Fibre programme is being prepared for the end of January 2018 deadline.”
The bid follows recommendations from the island’s Infrastructure Task Force to improve infrastructure, public transport and mainland connectivity.
The Council held a conference in November, which saw more than 200 delegates providing input to shape the future digital strategy of the Isle of Wight and the wider Solent region, including the 5G bid.
5G for health and social care
An Isle of Wight Council spokesperson told 5G.co.uk: “Following the successful digital conference held in November 2017, the council has been supporting a consortium of organisations on the Isle of Wight to bid for funding from the government’s 5G testbed programme.”
They added: “If selected, the trials can support testing of a wide range of industry applications but will initially focus on how 5G services can enable better health and social care in a population of higher than average age. These services could include high quality, yet cost-saving services like video consultancy in remote locations and contribute to telehealth initiatives, where people can be treated in their own homes.”'
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