The MK:5G project is an exciting new testbed in the Milton Keynes area, including the deployment of dedicated 5G infrastructure and the creation of a data hub facility. The 5G mobile network is designed exclusively for research and development purposes and will cover central MK including key sites (such as the Stadium, Bletchley & CMK rail stations, Hospital, Universities), key junctions on the M1 and a number of rural communities.
The testbed will focus on trialling applications across three core themes: Mobility, Health & Wellbeing, and Energy. Several trials are already planned across each theme and extensive datasets will be stored in the data hub.
The project is led by Milton Keynes Council and is funded by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), and the consortium partners. Consortium partners include BT, Huawei, CityFibre, TechMahindra, the Open University, Satellite Applications Catapult and the Connected Places Catapult, while many additional partners are being engaged to conduct trials across the three core themes. The Connected Places Catapult is acting as the business growth partner within the MK:5G consortium.