The future of communications will be debated, and knowledge shared in Bournemouth this week as BCP Council and major global partners play host to a conference on 5G.
Alongside faster mobile download speeds and increased bandwidth for consumers, 5G also promises to connect ‘things’ and ‘machines’ and has the potential to revolutionise how councils manage and deliver affordable frontline services for residents. Through 5G connectivity, councils can address social challenges far more effectively, including enabling vulnerable people to better manage their care at home and environmental challenges such as reducing congestion across the area.
Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader BCP Council said;
“In hosting this conference, BCP Council is leading the debate on the impact of 5G in enabling improved quality of life for communities, whilst exploring and being mindful of any perceived health risks. We are pleased to be at the forefront of bringing together central government, technology providers and local authorities to explore the benefits of 5G to places.”
Across the UK and Europe, local authorities are working with a wide range of partners to roll-out localised trials and testbeds 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.