The testbed will allow Brighton-based SMEs to benefit from 5G mobile wireless communications and will provide space to test and explore new applications of 5G. Digital Catapult and partners are encouraging local companies to register to take part in using the testbed to develop their ideas.
Professor Cham, the university lead for Connected Futures Research and Enterprise, whose Digital Economy theme includes Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, 5G Brighton and the £1.1m DRIVA Arts DRIVA project with Gatwick Airport, said: “The testbed positions the university as a national player in the field of next generation digital connectivity, and positions the city as a living ‘Internet of Place’ developer community. Through our role in 5G Brighton and the DRIVA Arts DRIVA project, we have a unique opportunity to combine the university’s expertise in Creative Arts, User Experience and Data Science in tangible ways to provide a mix of both depth and reach when it comes to insights about product and service innovations, with users and customers at its core.”
Dr Jeremy Silver, CEO, Digital Catapult, said: "The 5G Brighton testbed lets companies experiment with new applications and services which take advantage of the unique nature of 5G. This is a major step forward in the wider roll out of this advanced technology, helping take the technology out of university labs and into the market.