5G commercial deployment in the BCP Council area
Both Vodafone and EE have announced that parts of Bournemouth will receive 5G by the end of 2019 and 2020 respectively. The key responsibility for the Council is as the statutory Local Planning Authority.
The Council intends to work closely with commercial operators to understand their roll out plans for the local area.
BCP Council 5G Pilot
Across the UK and Europe, local authorities are working with a wide range of partners to roll-out localised pilots that are enabling some early real-world examples of 5G applications and technologies in action such as connected autonomous vehicles in transport and robotics in health and advanced manufacturing.
BCP Council has received funding from the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership to improve connectivity in the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth. The intention is to deploy a small scale 5G pilot at Lansdowne, which will include an assessment of the environmental impact. Public consultation is being considered.
The BCP Council pilot will need to comply with Local Planning Authority Policy.
The Smart Place Pilot (Lansdowne) Cabinet report will be considered on 20 December.