S2 EP1: 5G in the UK

Series 2

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Mobile network operators tend to stick to the regions that make business sense. There are more commercial opportunities in densely populated cities, and therefore more connectivity.

But for rural and coastal regions, a good connection is also a matter of public safety. The RNLI, police, and coastguard all require resilient and robust network coverage to locate and deliver support when called upon.

Addressing these issues, the multi-award winning 5G RuralDorset project is bringing the latest generation of connectivity to the Dorset community. Coastal cliff monitoring, footfall counters, and connected buoys, are just some of the technologies being developed to improve public safety. In doing so, the Dorset team are setting a new benchmark for connectivity in rural and coastal communities in the UK.

Having secured two world-firsts in 5G research on top of three awards at Connected Britain, the project is raising the standard of visiting, living, and working in the Dorset area.

Episode Guests


Dave Happy

On behalf of Dorset Council

James Thomas


JET Engineering System Solutions

Greig Paul

Lead Mobile Networks & Security Engineer

University of Strathclyde

Daisy Curtis

PhD researcher examining 5G technology

University of Exeter

Episode Host


Sarah Cruddas

Sarah is a space journalist, international TV host and award winning author. She has an academic background in astrophysics and is a global thought leader in the growing commercial space sector.

Within the space industry Sarah works at the highest level, traveling the globe working to develop the commercial space sector. She also sits on the board of directors of Space for Humanity, a global non-profit dedicated to democratising access to space and is an honorary advocate of the Space Frontier Foundation.

Sarah’s mission is to inspire a diverse audience about why space exploration matters, how it has shaped all of our lives and why we all need to look up a little more. Space is for everyone.

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