Situated in the heart of Buckinghamshire, the Wescott 5G Step-out Centre (SoC) offers the opportunity for industry partners and leading academics to work towards a shared vision that will help define and develop the next-generation of terrestrial and satellite 5G infrastructure and applications.
The centre's focus is on resilient communications, and it provides hardware, software, platform and applications developers' access to the latest generation of equipment, offering an environment designed to enable product prototyping and product development to start-ups, SMEs and other businesses.
Features within the centre include lab facilities and cloud computing technology.
5G is the fifth generation of mobile network. It is expected to open up new options for mobile data and it has the potential to bring socio-economic transformations through productivity, sustainability, and well-being. 5G will also offer much faster connectivity and download speeds, as well as offering a greater capacity allowing it to bear the weight of many high-demand applications all at once.
Innovation is driving the growth of a digital society which makes autonomous vehicles, remote surgery, smart parking and mobility a possibility. 5G networks will be paramount in the development of future society. 5G is expected to revolutionise communications by providing seamless connectivity and faster communications through the integration of terrestrial and satellite networks. Seamless connectivity will support new markets for massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC), and Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC) applications.
The applications of 5G span across sectors including the healthcare sector by allowing advancements in precision medicine and remote surgery, and the automotive sector by allowing constant connections between vehicles which has already been exhibited through the use of autonomous vehicles at the 2018 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
The UK is expected to roll out 5G in 2020.
eMBB has the intention to meet the increasing demand for a more digital lifestyle. Encompassing HD Videos and voice, VR and AR, and gigabytes in a second eMBB focuses on services that have high requirements for bandwidth.
Smart cities and agriculture have high requirements for connection density. mMTC will meet the demands of developed digital societies as 5G has the capacity to support many high-demands applications simultaneously.
The increasing expectations within the digital industry includes latency-sensitive services such as remote surgery and assisted and automated driving. uRLLC aims to these expectations by offering fast and low-latency communication services. Low-Latency means that there will be only milliseconds of delay or lag when using a 5G enabled device.
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