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5G network for London by 2020, says Boris Johnson

Alex Scroxton

Smartphone users in London will be able to access 5G networks by 2020 as part of a long-term infrastructure investment proposal to be unveiled this week by mayor of London Boris Johnson.

According to the Daily Telegraph, which first reported the news, the development of the next-generation mobile network will be supported by the University of Surrey.

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The university is in line to receive £11.6m from the government’s £200m UK Research Partnership Investment Fund and £24m from a consortium of private sector mobile specialists to research 5G networks. Private sector partners include Fujitsu, Huawei and Samsung.

“London is earning a reputation for being the tech capital of Europe and that is why we need to ensure every Londoner is able to access the very best digital connectivity,” said Johnson. “Rapidly improving the connectivity of this great city is a key part of the Infrastructure Plan for London.”

Johnson promised more accurate and up-to-date information about broadband speeds will soon be made available to house buyers and potential tenants.

Johnson hopes to use this data to help decide where improvements to broadband in Greater London are most needed.

While availability of superfast broadband is mostly a rural problem, a number of areas of London still suffer from sub-standard speeds, including the area around Tech City.

In June, incoming BDUK CEO Chris Townsend told Computer Weekly the organisation would be taking steps to address the public availability of postcode data showing which communities will be covered by BT superfast broadband.


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