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Welsh companies given chance to bring 5G closer in nationwide competition

Companies in Wales are being encouraged to enter a £25 million competition that will "cement the UK’s position as a world leader in the development of 5G technology."

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The “5G Testbeds and Trials” competition is part of the UK Government's £740m National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) to support the next generation of digital infrastructure, including 5G and full fibre broadband.

New test locations are being sought all across the UK to support the future rollout of 5G - ‘fifth generation’ - technology.

The UK Government is now encouraging interested parties from all around the UK to come forward with project proposals for match funded grants of up to £5 million.

This 5G innovation boost also comes on the back of the announcement that by the end of this year a UK Government investment of £1.7 billion will have supported the rollout of superfast broadband to 95% of the UK.

5G will enable internet speeds to keep up with the increasing numbers of devices that require a connection, in particular the explosion of smart devices in the home and the ‘internet of things’.

With potential speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, it will also make it easier for people to rapidly download and upload ultra HD and 3D video.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Wales to be at the forefront of emerging digital technology, boosting capacity and productivity for local businesses – as well as for residents who want to benefit from super-fast speeds.

The digital landscape in Wales is constantly evolving, and the UK Government will continue to do all it can to support this technology revolution.

I encourage Welsh bodies to seize this chance to secure this funding and play its part in speeding up service across the length and breadth of Wales.

– Guto Bebb MP, UK Government Minister for Wales