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David Cameron reveals UK 5G network plans



British Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed a new joint initiative with Germany to produce a super-fast 5G mobile network.

Cameron was speaking at the CeBit trade show in Hanover, Germany, when he revealed his next-gen network intentions.

The new deal will see the UK and Germany combining their intellectual resources to research 5G technology. It will involve a collaboration between the University of Dresden, London’s King’s College University, and the University of Surrey.

The result, according to Cameron, will be a mobile network so fast that you’ll be able to download a movie in less than a second.

Cameron plans to free up more of the UK’s digital spectrum for wireless internet usage. In particular, he made reference to so-called "white space," or those digital frequencies that are earmarked for digital TV but thus-far unused.

By utilising this wasted digital space, Cameron said, Britain could reap between £50 billion and £100 billion of economic benefits over the next decade.

"This is a world on fast forward. A world of permanent technological revolution," Cameron said, at the outset of a show that was also attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "And in this world, countries like the UK and Germany will only succeed if we have a relentless drive for new ideas and innovations."

As part of that, Cameron also pledged £45 million towards research of the so-called 'Internet of Things,' which will take internet connectivity out of the realm of the PC and the smartphone and into the world of home appliances.

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Via: The Guardian, Businessweek


March 10, 2014, 3:12 pm

There are so many places, even in cities, where I cannot even make a phone call, never mind get 3G coverage, that hearing about this upsets me even more than when they announced 4G.
I love the idea of faster networks, but I really feel that we should have complete coverage of voice networks and even 3G before investing in other technologies that will probably only cover areas that have wifi in every building anyway.


March 10, 2014, 6:23 pm

I agree. Nice idea but lets get the current technology to work everywhere first please.

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