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The UK government has awarded GBP 16 million (USD 20.63 million) to three universities to research and trial 5G technology, reports Telecompaper on July 7, 2017. King’s College London and the Universities of Surrey and Bristol will develop a 5G test network under the first part of the government’s four-year 5G Testbeds and Trials program.

The universities will work together to create three small-scale mobile networks which together will form the test network. Each network will have a number of the elements expected in a commercial 5G network – including mobile signal receivers and transmitters and the technology to handle 5G signals – to support trials of its many potential uses.

The project will build on existing research and help to make the case for timely deployment of 5G in the UK. The aim is to deliver a 5G end-to-end trial in early 2018. Other academic institutions, industry and local authorities will also be able to bid for further funding to be part of this program from 2018/19. A new center of 5G expertise has also been created in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to drive forward this work.