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About Tim Cosgrove

Tim Cosgrove heads two technology companies Co-Star and Cloud-Star who supply 4G LTE connectivuty products to the ICT industry globally and are based at Harrogate in the UK. Working at the forefront of the mobile communications industry gives Tim a unique perspective on the latest emerging technologies that help to improve how businesses and people communicate and operate in the future. Tim is keen to share his insights and passion for the latest technologies through the Co-star blog. Please get in touch if you have any technology related news or press releases that you would like us to share.

Vodafone goes live with Ericsson 5G technology in London

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  • Partnership includes Ericsson Radio System installed base
  • Ericsson Spectrum Sharing enables extended 5G coverage on existing LTE spectrum

Ericsson’s  technology leadership was at the heart of Vodafone UK’s launch of 5G for consumer and business customers in London today – July 3. The spectacular cityscape views of London’s Sky Garden hosted a dedicated launch event powered by Ericsson 5G technology, including a virtual demonstration with highlights from the latest Ericsson ConsumerLab Report: 5G Consumer Potential.

In London, Ericsson will provide comprehensive 5G coverage based on the latest Ericsson Radio System portfolio. This includes the latest Baseband 6630 and Massive MIMO 6488 products to enable 5G on the 3.5GHz frequency. Combined with LTE, this will achieve speeds up to 10 times faster than 4G for 5G users with much lower latency.

Ericsson Radio System’s unique dynamic spectrum sharing functionality will also enable Vodafone to extend 5G coverage over a wide area, leveraging 4G spectrum on existing Ericsson Radio System infrastructure.

In accordance with the 5G Consumer Potential report findings, access to 5G connectivity is hotly anticipated by UK consumers, who expect to use 10-12 times more mobile data on average on new 5G devices. Vodafone UK’s 5G launch will be welcomed by the four out of every ten subscribers identified by the research who face issues caused by network congestion in crowded and dense urban areas.

Scott Petty, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone UK, says: “Today, we are switching on 5G in seven UK cities, including London. Backed by our largest ever investment in the capital and new unlimited data plans, in partnership with Ericsson we are enabling Londoners to access an ultra-fast 5G and 4G network without any limits.”

Arun Bansal, President and Head of Europe & Latin America, Ericsson, says: “As the recognized leader in driving 5G in Europe, we are delighted to launch Vodafone UK’s 5G network in London. We have a history of working in close partnership with Vodafone and we have done so again in 5G with fast, efficient and customer-focused delivery of Ericsson Radio System 5G technology. Our unique spectrum sharing abilities will also enable Vodafone to extend the scope of 5G in its network.”

Source: Ericsson

Ericsson and China Mobile showcase Automated Guided Vehicles for industry digitalization

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At Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019 (MWC19 Shanghai), Ericsson and China Mobile demonstrated an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) prototype on an end-to-end, stand-alone 5G network.

With the growing adoption of industry digitalization and improvements in industrial automation and intelligence, AGV is becoming increasingly prevalent in manufacturing, ports, and other industries. 5G networks’ powerful mobility management, seamless coverage and quality of service assurance enable them to provide the reliable communication needed for of various AGV applications, such as AGV tractors, AGV pallet movers or AGV forklifts.

The AGV prototype that China Mobile and Ericsson demonstrated at MWC Shanghai 2019 shows how AGV helps to automate product testing using a 5G network. This validates that a stand-alone 5G architecture can adequately be used for industry digitalization:

─     The network slicing-based Dedicated Industrial Network—This technology enhances vertical industries with networking technologies. It can help to create dedicated industrial networks based on the requirements of industrial scenarios and leverage network slicing to ensure the security and reliability of production data.

─     Edge Computing—Deploy the AGV application systems on edge clouds and use the forwarding plane for edge computing to divert traffic locally; meet the requirement for low latency; and ensure the effective management of industrial applications by factory. This also helps to reduce the complexity of AGV equipment and improve the operating stability of the entire system.

─     Data Intelligence—Moreover, AGV application can leverage the powerful computing capability of edge clouds to make in-depth analyses of test data to improve efficiency and integrate data from other manufacturing systems. This enables closed-loop management from product manufacturing to testing and improves the factory’s smart manufacturing.

Lu Lu, Deputy Director of the Networks and IT, China Mobile Research (CMRI), said: “Edge computing and network slicing are the most important enabling technologies for 5G. They also provide important capabilities that operators need to serve vertical industries. Teaming up with Ericsson, we demonstrate the strong potential of edge computing and network slicing for the Industrial Internet, and this is a valuable experiment for industrial applications of 5G.”

Zhang Guangzhuo, Deputy General Manager of Core Network Products at Ericsson North East Asia, said: “As a strategic partner, Ericsson has been working closely with China Mobile to drive the development of the Industrial Internet through 5G, aiming to help in making digital transformation a reality.”

Cradlepoint CBA550 available now from Co-Star

 

The new Cradlpoint CBA550 LTE including 1 year of network management software is now available from Co-Star.

The Cradlepoint CBA550 LTE Adapter is a turnkey branch continuity solution for LTE failover that integrates seamlessly with existing network and SD-WAN infrastructure. It is equipped with Power-over-Ethernet for flexible, unobtrusive placement to optimize cellular reception. This powerful solution maximizes uptime for businesses that require always-on connectivity.

Cradlepoint CBA550 LTE adapter is sold as part of an all-inclusive Branch networking package composed of services, hardware, and support.

Key Benefits

  • Plug-and-play failover, adaptive to any networking & SD-WAN environment
  • Embedded LTE with SIM-based Auto-Carrier Selection
  • Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)
  • External antenna options
  • Cloud-managed for ease of deployment, remote management & reporting

General Information

Model: ARC CBA550 Cloud Managed: Yes, with NetCloud Manager
LTE: Supports up to 150 Mbps download & 50 Mbps upload* Carriers / Operators: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Canada (Bell, Rogers, TELUS), Europe, Australia/New Zealand/Singapore)**
Material: Plastic Size: 3.9 × 3.9 × 1.3 in
(100 × 100 × 34 mm)
Operating Temperature: 0 °C to 50 °C
(32 °F to 122 °F)
Input Range: 802.3af (15 W) PoE only
Inline Failover: No Support: Phone support: 24-hour weekdays with emergency response on weekends, Web: 24×7, Chat: 24×5
Ports: 1 10/100 Modem Included: Embedded 150M Category 4 LTE modem with DC-HSPA Failover

Co-Star can also supply external 4G antennas to maximise the performance of the Cradlepoint CBA550. For more information on our 4G antennas click here>

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Opportunity to work in the Mobile Communications Industry with Co-Star

A career with Co-Star, a thriving company in an exciting industry

logoDue to coninued growth Co-Star the UK’s leading supplier to the Mobile Communications industry are looking for someone to join our professsional and friendly sales office team at our head quarters in Copgrove near Harrogate.

Co-Star are predominantly a business to business company supplying the communications industry globally.

The job involves taking & processing orders over the phone and e-commerce channels, advising customers of correct parts and various other sales administration duties. The hours are: Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm. We would also consider a part-time position.

If you would like to work in an exciting environment and can actively contribute to the future growth of the company by offering outstanding levels of customer service then we would love to hear from you!

Some previous expeience in a similar role together with computer literacy and the ability to work well within a team would be an advantage.

The job is based at our Head Quarters: Co-Star, Jubilee Mills Business Park, Wath Lane, Copgrove, Harrogate, HG3 3TB

Interested? Than please send your CV to: tim@co-star.co.uk.

BBC make the first live broadcast over a public 5G network

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You’re probably already aware that EE has just launched its 5G network in the UK, but it’s set to do more than just power up phones, and the BBC has already shown off one other thing it can do – live broadcasts.

In a UK first, the BBC and BT broadcast a live TV contribution over EE’s public 5G network. The clip was beamed from Covent Garden where it was recorded, back to BBC New Broadcasting House, and was delivered in high quality.

It was made possible through specialised 5G modems connected to BBC News cameras, and it sounds like a far preferable option to broadcasting using 4G, as 4G network links require multiple connections to deliver the capacity needed to carry the live video feed, whereas they only needed one connection in this 5G trial.

That therefore reduces the cost and complexity of the broadcast, which in turn makes it more viable to broadcast smaller live events than it would have been in the past.

The trial apparently also allowed the company to explore different encoding options to compress the video, but it wasn’t totally seamless, as apparently the broadcast team ran out of data on the first attempt, highlighting how data-hungry 5G can potentially be.

Alex Tempest, Managing Director, Wholesale at BT said: “We are delighted to demonstrate the power and innovation that 5G can bring to the media and broadcasting industry through our trial with the BBC. Whether on the street, in a stadium or on location, 5G provides a new dimension that can deliver the speed, efficiency and reliability that outside broadcasting requires. And gives broadcasters the ability to deploy equipment quickly and with ease, without having to worry about the connection.”

Serious speed

The broadcast in question was used to talk about EE’s 5G network itself, and during it the reporter (Rory Cellan-Jones) reported getting speeds of 260Mbps on his phone, which is far higher than you can expect on 4G. But EE has already said that peak 5G speeds on its network could exceed 1Gbps.

While this broadcast is a great example of the potential of 5G, it’s not the only 5G thing the BBC has been working on. It has also for example trialled live radio broadcasts over 5G.

5G could be big for broadcast and it’s not just the BBC that’s looking into it. EERohde & Schwarz and more are already exploring its potential too.

Source: James Rogerson. 5g.co.uk

 

How Organizations can get the most out of their IoT Investment

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The Internet of Things has ushered in a sea change in a variety of business sectors. It’s driving positive change: lower waste, higher efficiency, a more joined-up supply chain, and a more proactive approach to outages. In 2019, these changes are impacting a wide range of industries, as demonstrated by the variety of conference tracks available at Internet of Things World in Santa Clara this month.

At the same time, our adoption of IoT at work (following our widespread adoption at home) is rapidly increasing the number of devices connected to the internet. The numbers are already phenomenal and are set to grow quickly. Connected, active IoT devices are predicted to number 10 billion by 2020, and 22 billion by 2025. As businesses adopt the new tech in ever-increasing numbers, competitors will catch on; the advent of AI will also give us more ways to use the data that’s flowing in from our sensors.

This welcome investment in IoT over the next five to six years should give rise to huge efficiency gains, benefiting businesses, consumers, and — potentially — the planet. What could possibly go wrong?

How Secure is IoT Really?

An IoT device is no different to any other network-connected device. In itself, IoT is not risky. But it can pose risks in specific situations.

Consider a router on your network that is rarely checked for new firmware. As the router’s software ages, and it falls behind the update cycle, it becomes more appealing to hackers who have figured out how to get around its security.

IoT is no different. A poorly-managed IoT deployment generates significant risks and the sheer number of devices just multiplies the risk; there’s a whole lot of maintenance to plan for. Without ongoing investment into security, all of this new hardware is setting us up for a fall unless we understand the importance of keeping it secure.

Same Old Same Old?

In actual fact, IoT security is no more exotic than general network security — there’s just a lot more of it. Each device is a potential weak point that could be exploited if it wasn’t correctly secured. For example, every device needs to run the latest manufacturer firmware, and each one needs to have a unique password that’s difficult to guess.

Some of the techniques in use to secure IoT deployments are relatively straightforward. According to industry figures, 45% of companies have decided to use a dedicated network for IoT, keeping the sensors siloed from the wider company network. That’s a sensible move. It’s also sensible to look at physical security, monitoring, and access. Where are your sensors? Who can get to them? If someone installed unwelcome software on the network via a rogue device, how quickly would you know?

All of this points to a need for much wider investment in training and skills so that there are enough people ready to provide the necessary maintenance and technical support. Again, a high proportion of businesses are working towards this; 46% say they’re rolling out internal training for everyone — not just those in IT roles.

Final Thoughts

Digital transformation has taught us valuable lessons about technology adoption. In the rush to move to the cloud, some businesses failed to keep their migrations reigned in tight. Shadow IT wreaked havoc as employees found their own solutions. BYOD led to malware infection and uncontrolled data transfer.

As we start the process of embedding IoT (and, soon, AI), we’re in the fortunate position of having learned lessons from mistakes of the past. With IoT, we now know that achieving staff buy-in will be key across every organization and sector. Businesses would do well to remember that these devices are not ‘set and forget’. So, while early adoption is great — and should ensure a head start on competitors — it would be unwise to roll out a slew of IoT sensors without the people who are well training in how to maintain them.

Additionally, we’ve learned that ensuring cyber security it isn’t just a case of providing tech support when things go wrong, although that is important. It’s also about engineering the required culture change so that everyone knows how important cyber security is and keeps it top of mind once IoT is successfully deployed.

Source: Zach Butler. IoT World.

Huawei is building the world’s first 5G smart hotel

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The InterContinental Shenzhen hotel is in the process of getting a 5G makeover, set to make it the world’s first 5G smart hotel.

With the help of Huawei and Shenzhen Telecom, this Chinese hotel will soon have continuous 5G coverage both indoors and outdoors, but that means a whole lot more than just faster internet for guests.

Having 5G on-site will allow the InterContinental Shenzhen to offer whole new services (see video below), such as 5G-powered ‘welcome robots’, 5G cloud games, 5G cloud computing terminals, and 5G cloud virtual reality rowing machines, as well as more ‘ordinary’ improvements, such as the ability to seamlessly stream 4K movies.

The goal of all this is to provide business travellers with a more efficient work environment, leisure travellers with immersive entertainment experiences, and overall to offer the “ultimate innovative luxury experience.”

Dr. Peter Zhou, chief marketing officer of Huawei Wireless Solution, said: “5G is here – from the 4K ultra high-definition live broadcast of CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala early this year to today’s 5G entertainment and business transformation of the InterContinental Shenzhen’s presidential suites, 5G technology has penetrated into different industries. In this cooperation, together with Shenzhen Telecom, we provided a 5G Digital Indoor System and a 5G Cloud X application that adapts to the hotel scenario. It is a demonstration of both parties’ leadership in end-to-end commercial application of 5G equipment.”

The first of many

This upgrade, which is the hotel industry’s first end-to-end 5G network with integrated terminals and cloud applications, could according to Huawei “open the door for digital transformation of entire hotel industry through 5G technology” so before long you might not have to go to China to experience to transformative power of 5G in a hotel setting.

The work is just one of many 5G projects Huawei is involved in. It has also recently created one of the world’s first 5G phones in the form of the foldable Huawei Mate X, and rolled out a range of indoors 5G network solutions, among other things.

There’s no news on when the UK might get its first 5G smart hotel, but with 5G networks set to launch here later in 2019 – with EE’s possibly being switched on as soon as this summer – there might not be a massive wait.

Source: James Rogerson. 5g.co.uk

 

UK in pole position in £62 billion self-driving car race – if Brexit roadblock removed

  • UK world’s number one location for mass-market potential of connected and autonomous vehicles, with £62bn annual economic opportunity by 2030, finds new report.
  • Massive safety benefits as driver assistance and self-driving tech could prevent 47,000 serious accidents and save 3,900 lives over next decade.
  • Lifestyle boost for commuters as greater productivity and faster journeys give drivers back full working week every year.
  • Success hinges on favourable Brexit agreement, with ‘no deal’ threat putting investment and safety gains at risk, warns SMMT at major industry conference.

The UK is in pole position in the global race to market for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), with a £62 billion boost to the UK economy by 2030 up for grabs, according to a major new report published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Frost & Sullivan.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Winning the Global Race to Market,1 analyses the wide-ranging societal and economic benefits to be achieved by gradually increasing CAVs on our roads.

The UK is in a strong position to capitalise, with more than £500 million already committed by industry and government to CAV R&D and testing. Autonomous driving trials are taking place in our major towns and cities, we are home to four major CAV test beds and three additional sites focused on highways, rural and parking, with more than 80 collaborative R&D projects underway. The next game-changing step is to move from testing CAV technologies to deployment in the real world.

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as Autonomous Emergency Braking and Collision Warning are already available on the majority of new cars registered in the UK.2 Combined with the gradual introduction of automated vehicles from 2021, this will deliver massive safety benefits. Over the next decade, the technology is set to prevent 47,000 serious accidents and save 3,900 lives.

At the same time, some 420,000 new jobs will be created, including in the automotive industry and other sectors such as telecoms and digital services. Driving commuters, meanwhile, will gain back the equivalent of a full working week thanks to more ‘downtime’ and smoother traffic flows during their commute.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Winning the Global Race to Market identifies three critical areas that will help CAV rollout and in which the UK has a significant advantage: supportive regulation, enabling infrastructure and an attractive market.

With the world’s first insurance legislation for autonomous vehicles already in place, the most comprehensive review of road transport underway and more miles across motorways, urban and rural roads able to be driven autonomously, the UK is already ahead of global rivals in its readiness to commercialise self-driving technology.

The report ranks the UK above other major automotive countries, including Germany, US, Japan and South Korea as a global destination for the mass rollout of CAVs.

To realise this potential, however, the conditions must be right, and sustained support from government will be vital – particularly if we are to meet its ambition to get autonomous vehicles on to UK roads in 2021.

The report’s key recommendations for government include updating road traffic laws, improving 4G coverage across all road networks, encouraging local authorities to work with industry to implement urban mobility services and influencing future harmonisation of international regulations to ensure these new vehicles can operate seamlessly between the UK and abroad.

CONNECTED AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES ON DISPLAY AT SMMT CONNECTED – MERCEDES-BENZ TRUCK ACTROS 1853, RANGE ROVER SPORT, VOLVO XC60, OXBOTICA, AURRIGO POD, E-CYCLOPIC, BIRD SCOOTER, BOSCH E-BIKE AND CONIGITAL POD

Crucially, however, the UK’s departure from the EU must be orderly with a deal that supports both the industry and technological collaboration, especially in data. A ‘no deal’ Brexit will result in lasting damage to the UK’s reputation as a politically stable destination for inward investment, putting the benefits identified in the report at risk.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

A transport revolution stands before us as we move to self-driving cars and the UK is in pole position in this £62 billion race. Government and industry have already invested millions to lay the foundations, and the opportunities are dramatic – new jobs, economic growth and improvements across society. The UK’s potential is clear. We are ahead of many rival nations but to realise these benefits we must move fast.

Brexit has undermined our global reputation for political stability and it continues to devour valuable time and investment. We need the deadlock broken with ‘no deal’ categorically ruled out and a future relationship agreed that reflects the integrated nature of our industry and delivers frictionless trade.

Sarwant Singh, Senior Partner and Head of Mobility, Frost & Sullivan, said,

The UK already has the essential building blocks – forward thinking legislation, advanced technology infrastructure, a highly skilled labour force, and a tech savvy customer base – to spearhead CAV deployment over the next decade.

However, it will require sustained and coordinated efforts by all key stakeholders, especially the government, to realise the significant annual economic benefits forecast for the UK from CAV deployment by 2030 and drive the vision of safe, convenient and accessible mobility for all.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Winning the Global Race to Market, will be launched today at SMMT Connected 2019, the third automotive industry-led event to explore the future of mass transport and mobility. More than 450 leaders from across the automotive and tech industries, government and other stakeholders are expected to attend to discuss challenges and opportunities in future mobility innovation and deployment. They will hear from speakers including the Right Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy; Dr Andy Palmer CMG, President and Group CEO, Aston Martin Lagonda; and Agustín Martín, CEO, Toyota Connected Europe.

On display at SMMT Connected 2019 will be some of the latest connected and autonomous mobility solutions and prototypes in use in the UK covering four and two wheels. These include: Aurrigo pod, Bird electric scooter, Bosch powered e-bike, Conigital pod, Cyclopic folding e-bike, Mercedes-Benz Actros 1853 4×2 BigSpace, Oxbotica autonomous Ford Mondeo, Jaguar Land Rover self-driving Range Rover Sport and Volvo XC60.

Source: SMMT

Millbrook Invests in Expanding Electric Powertrain Testing in California

 

Millbrook Invests in Expanding Electric Powertrain Testing in California
  • Millbrook is establishing an independent and impartial test facility in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, supporting the development of electric vehicles
  • Millbrook Revolutionary Engineering has been part of Millbrook for 12 months and had already doubled its capacity in Livonia, Detroit, in that time
  • The new facility is planned to become operational in July 2019

Millbrook Revolutionary Engineering (Millbrook RE), which is part of Millbrook, is establishing a brand new, independent and impartial test facility in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, to support the development of electric vehicles.

Millbrook RE had doubled its capacity in Detroit within the last 12 months. This month, on the first anniversary of its ownership by Millbrook, it had announced the expansion into California to support some of its customers locally to their operations. This approach will enable more effective powertrain development support, create extra capacity and enable rapid introduction of new powertrain test capabilities.

In addition to electrified drivetrain testing Millbrook RE is well known for, the new test facility will offer Vehicle-in-the-Loop (VIL) test capabilities and battery simulators to 1,000V DC / 1,200A DC peak. This will enable customers to perform complex integration testing and to validate electrified powertrain components, laid-out powertrains and electric vehicles. The facility will be designed for maximum flexibility and will be equipped with high-speed motors up to 20,000rpm allowing tests of electric motors and inverters or standalone drivetrain components.

The new facility will serve as a showcase for Millbrook RE’s turnkey dynamometer-based test systems. It will also be a base for its service engineers supporting systems installed in customers’ facilities locally. Millbrook RE’s support team provides a rapid response to service requests which include maintenance and calibration.

Source: Millbrook

O2’s 5G network to power autonomous vehicle testing

  • O2 set to support the testing of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) with its 5G network.
  • Testing to take place as part of the DCMS funded AutoAir project at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.
  • O2 and consulting engineering firm Atkins join the project to accelerate the development of 5G-enabled intelligent transport systems.

O2 today announces that it will be the public and private network provider of 5G connectivity for the testing and development of CAV technology at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.

O2 will enable 5G connectivity to Millbrook testing facilities from June 2019, using its 2.3 GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum in advance of the first phase of its 5G rollout in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London later this year.

The on-site network consists of 59 sites and 89 small cells and is operated by British wireless solution provider Dense Air. Under a 12 month agreement with the AutoAir project, O2 will integrate the sites and small cells into its public infrastructure.

Expanding expertise within the AutoAir 5G project 

The AutoAir 5G project is made up of a number of different partners from across the digital communications and automotive sectors, and has received a further £1.8m in funding from DCMS taking the total project investment from the government to nearly £6m. Matched industry funding totals more than £4.5m.

The group looks to accelerate the adoption of connected and self-driving technology in the UK, via trials supported by members including Dense Air, Airspan Networks, Millbrook, Blu Wireless, Real Wireless, the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre and the R&D arm of motorsport racing team McLaren.

This week the consortium’s ranks were further boosted by engineering firm Atkins, who have signed an agreement to lend their design and engineering expertise to the project, alongside O2.

 5G’s role in supporting CAV and intelligent transport systems

The low-latency and high capacity of 5G allows for vehicles to transmit large amounts of data, including 4K video, to intelligent cloud-based transport systems, which are expected to improve road safety and help traffic authorities to monitor and manage traffic flow.

Earlier this year, the AutoAir 5G Testbed and Trials consortium was able to prove this capability, during tests at Millbrook that saw a McLaren sports car receive and send data at 1 Gbit/s whilst driving round the site at 160 Mph, and real-time UltraHD 4K video sharing between a network of moving vehicles.

Commenting on the launch of O2’s 5G network at Millbrook, Brendan O’Reilly, O2’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “5G will play a key role in how our country develops over the next few years. If implemented properly, 5G has the potential to drive economic growth, create jobs and enable a new host of technologies – including self-driving vehicles. That’s why we’re delighted to be supporting the trial activity at Millbrook, alongside ambitious partners who share our vision of building a truly Mobile Britain.”

The announcement follows recent claims by UK ministers that driverless cars could be in full use on Britain’s roads by 2021, as the government presses forward with advanced trials for automated and connected vehicles.

“This project will transform the way we design, maintain and operate on our future networks,” said Lizi Stewart, Managing Director, Transportation UK, Atkins. “Developing the first 5G neutral network in the UK will allow us to continue our drive for innovation and industry-changing initiatives for the transportation sector.”

“The AutoAir consortium is pleased to welcome O2 and Atkins to the 2nd phase of the project”, said Paul Senior, CEO of Dense Air and Chief Strategy Officer of Airspan Networks. “O2’s integration and commercialisation of the 5G network at Millbrook to support both public and private mobile use cases is a world first and will be a reference deployment for the UK mobile industry as it moves to support for 5G applications for Industry 4.0, large enterprise and Government.

“Atkins participation in the project ensures that the lessons learned from building a hyper dense 5G network are translated into the design and engineering rules for next generation communication networks for transportation corridors.”

Source: 02