UK 5G potential could be unfulfilled due to investment gap

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The UK risks failing to harness the full benefits of 5G networks without further investment, according to a new report from the government’s own advisory board.

The Digital Connectivity Forum says the total amount that can be invested by industry on new network infrastructure between now and 2030 is £9 billion – leaving a shortfall of up to £25 billion.

While outdoor population coverage is now in excess of 50%, the report says additional funding and support will be required to deliver the most revolutionary 5G applications, including autonomous vehicles, automated logistics and telemedicine.

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