Monmouthshire Picked for 5G Test-bed

Monmouthshire has been chosen as a 5G test-bed site to improve rural connectivity in an initiative which is part of the UK’s digital strategy.  From the Orkney Islands to the West of England, the six projects led by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), universities and local authorities represent the best of UK innovation, resources and expertise.  They will test 5G across a range of applications, including smart farming with drones, using the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) to improve healthcare in the home, increasing manufacturing productivity and maximising the future benefits of self-driving cars.  Secretary of State Alun Cairns said ”These tailor-made projects will transform our most rural communities, exploring innovative ways to use 5G to develop the tourism and agriculture industries, which are vitally important to the Welsh economy.”