Rural internet champions Quickline Communications will be showcasing their latest 5G achievements at a national two-day conference in Birmingham next week.

The UK 5G Showcase, which is being attended by government ministers, industry specialists and investors, will see the latest successes in 5G technology across the UK as well as the progress made by the government’s co-ordinated 5G testbed programmes, in which Quickline plays a part.

Since 2020, Quickline has been leading the £6 million Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) project to boost rural connectivity in England’s largest rural county.  MANY has also been testing how superfast connectivity can help boost tourism, tackle social isolation and act as an early warning system for flooding emergencies.  Quickline’s partners on the project include North Yorkshire County Council, a number of specialist small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and the universities of York and Lancaster.

Ian Smith, Quickline’s new Chief Technology Officer, has spent the last four years as Programme Director for the Government’s 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme.  He is now responsible for all of the 5G strategy for Quickline, including vendor selection, adoption and how the company’s services are deployed to customers.  He said:

“This is a great opportunity to hear directly from other 5G projects and fellow programmes involved in the DCMS testbeds around the country as well as to share what we have done as part of the 5G testbed in North Yorkshire.

“We’ll be passing on what we’ve found and implemented, reflecting on our learnings and what this means for 5G as a whole.  We will also be looking at how we can implement further innovation to reach even more customers that have been left behind in the digital rollout.”

The UK 5G Showcase is fully supported by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and will feature over 30 5G projects around the UK.  As many of the 5G Testbeds and Trials are coming to an end, UK5G and DCMS want to celebrate their achievements and outcomes and highlight the considerable challenges that have already been overcome, while looking ahead at what progess still needs to be made.

The event is taking place at The Eastside Rooms, Birmingham, on March 22nd and 23rd 2022.