£1 million up for grabs for 5G projects

By Kevin Thomas 26 October 2015

5G competition

5G infrastructure is likely to open up many new opportunities for applications which just aren’t possible with 4G, thanks to its increased speeds and high levels of connectivity.

But those opportunities are useless if businesses don’t jump on them, which is why Innovate UK is investing up to £1 million in projects designed to stimulate innovative 5G use cases. As it’s a UK-based competition it could also help the UK in particular get a head start on 5G.

Projects could focus on any number of things, from the Internet of Things, to new handset services, new mobile applications, connected media services, the tactile internet, mission-critical applications, immersive or interactive content, content distribution and more besides. So the scope is broad, opening the competition up to a large number of potential projects and businesses.

Proposals can be made by small, medium or large businesses, but they must be collaborative and led by a business working in tandem with academic or research institutions and/or communications service providers. However public sector organisations and charities involved in research can also participate.

Small businesses could get up to 70% of their project funded, medium sized ones up to 60% and large ones up to 50%, with projects expected to range from £150,000 to £220,000 in cost and to last for 9 to 12 months.

If you want to submit a proposal you’ll be able to from December 7th 2015, with the deadline for registration closing on January 20th 2016 and the deadline for applications occurring on February 3rd 2016.

£1 million might not go far, but it’s a good start, especially given that we’re still a way off seeing 5G in any commercial capacity.

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About Kevin Thomas

Editor at 5G.co.uk

Kevin Thomas has worked in the world of Telecom reporting for over 17 years. He reviewed the first 3G phone way back in 2003, reviewed the first 4G phone in 2012 and now he's keen to welcome in the first 5G phone too. Kevin previously worked for over 15 years within the Telecom industry including: AT&T in Europe, BT in the UK and Phillips in the Netherlands. He holds a HND in Telecommunications.

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