For what we are about to re­ceive Bid for 5G up­grade

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Robin JENK­INS robin.jenk­[email protected]­

THE John Lewis & Part­ners store in Chel­tenham is set to be at the centre of the 5G mo­bile revo­lu­tion in the town.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been lodged with the bor­ough coun­cil for an up­grade of equip­ment on the roof of the shop in High Street.

And ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion sub­mit­ted by the ap­pli­cant, Mo­bile Broad­band Net­work Lim­ited, it will play a vi­tal role in pro­vid­ing the much an­tic­i­pated 5G sig­nal to the Chel­tenham area.

The com­pany, which is a joint ven­ture be­tween EE and Three, has sub­mit­ted in­for­ma­tion to the coun­cil about why it wants to re­vamp the base sta­tion on top of the build­ing.

In a cov­er­ing let­ter, it said: “It is now pro­posed to up­grade the ex­ist­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ap­pa­ra­tus to al­low for the change in an­tenna types re­quired to de­liver the lat­est technologi­es.

“This will en­able places to re­main com­pet­i­tive in and will sup­port the Govern­ment’s am­bi­tion for the UK to be­come a world leader in 5G tech­nol­ogy.”

Ac­cord­ing to MBNL, it could change many peo­ple’s lives with a quicker sig­nal con­nect­ing all kinds of things.

The com­pany said: “5G of­fers down­load speeds far in ex­cess of what can be achieved to­day, even by fixed line broad­band.

“Ex­am­ples of this new world that will emerge from ubiq­ui­tous 5G cov­er­age in­volves such things as con­nected and au­tonomous ve­hi­cles, traf­fic man­age­ment, smart man­u­fac­tur­ing with het­eroge­nous au­tonomous ma­chines, di­rect ma­chine to ma­chine com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ad­vanced med­i­cal de­vices, au­to­mated agri­cul­ture, far greater se­cu­rity pro­vi­sion, more sta­ble and re­li­able con­nec­tiv­ity and ad­vances in fur­ther ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment with uses not yet iden­ti­fied.”

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the com­pany’s re­port was a let­ter from the Govern­ment, say­ing it is “com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing in­vest­ment in high-qual­ity, re­li­able dig­i­tal con­nec­tiv­ity so that com­mu­ni­ties can ben­e­fit from faster eco­nomic growth and greater so­cial in­clu­sion.”

The let­ter, sent last month to lo­cal author­i­ties from the Depart­ment for Dig­i­tal, Cul­ture, Me­dia & Sport, added: “As out­lined in the Fu­ture Tele­coms In­fras­truc­ture Re­view, the Govern­ment would like to see na­tion­wide full fi­bre cov­er­age by 2033.

“We would also like the UK to be a world leader in 5G, with the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion cov­ered by a 5G sig­nal by 2027.”

We would also like the UK to be a world leader in 5G, with the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion cov­ered by a 5G sig­nal by 2027

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