To implement 5G networks we will deploy the latest radio technologies to ensure high speed, low latency, and enhanced services.   We envisage that 5G will bring opportunities for innovations such as networks of networks and that the integration of unlicensed spectrum (such as Wifi) will further augment the coverage and operation of these networks.

This theme will focus on the Orkney Islands, a group of 70 islands, of which only 20 are permanently inhabited.  It is the second most poorly connected part of the UK, making it the perfect place to trial connectivity that must work in the most rural or isolated areas.

Use cases include:

  • Community Mobile Broadband
    • Testing different technologies, including lower cost solutions, to deliver connectivity to several communities, where nothing, or only very poor landline coverage exists today.
  • LiFi
    • Testing the viability of LiFi (Infra-red) in harsh rural environments, by connecting a number of rural properties using solar panels as receivers.