The MK:5G project is an exciting new testbed in the Milton Keynes area, including the deployment of dedicated 5G infrastructure and the creation of a data hub facility. The 5G mobile network is designed exclusively for research and development purposes and will cover central MK including key sites (such as the Stadium, Bletchley & CMK rail stations, Hospital, Universities), key junctions on the M1 and a number of rural communities.
The testbed will focus on trialling applications across three core themes: Mobility, Health & Wellbeing, and Energy. Several trials are already planned across each theme and extensive datasets will be stored in the data hub.
The project is led by Milton Keynes Council and is funded by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), and the consortium partners.
Consortium partners include BT, CityFibre, TechMahindra, the Open University, Satellite Applications Catapult and the Connected Places Catapult, while many additional partners are being engaged to conduct trials across the three core themes. The Connected Places Catapult is acting as the business growth partner within the MK:5G consortium.
ABOUT SATELLITE APPLICATIONS CATAPULT
The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created by Innovate UK to drive economic growth through the exploitation of space. We work with businesses of all sizes to realise their potential from space infrastructure and its applications. Based in Harwell, Oxfordshire, the Catapult was established in May 2013 as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic impact for the UK. We are a not-for-profit research and technology organisation which is registered as a private company limited by guarantee and controlled by its Board. See sa.catapult.org.uk for more information.
The Satellite Applications Catapult is leading on the demonstrating health use cases for the 5G networking within Milton Keynes, and is therefore hosting these events alongside the project consortium and health community partners.