TENDER: Innovate UK: Developing and testing 5G services

Businesses can apply for up to £25 million to explore, develop and test applications and services for the next generation of digital infrastructure.

This DCMS competition encourages the development of a UK ‘5G ecosystem’ with technology and deployment, testbeds and trials to stimulate the development of 5G use cases and business models.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to invest up to £25 million in innovative 5G testbeds and trials as part of the government’s overall £740 million of funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund for next generation digital infrastructure. Innovate UK are delivering this competition.

This competition will support the development of a ‘5G ecosystem’ in the UK and contribute towards the delivery of the objectives in the UK’s 5G strategy. The aim is to encourage technology and deployment, testbeds and trials to stimulate the development of 5G use cases and business models.

Projects across the programme will run from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

This first funding competition is for Phase 1 of initial projects across the UK that will run from April 2018 until March 2019. Details of future funding opportunities for additional test beds and trials will be available as the programme progresses.

To find out more and to apply click here