ICT 2019

5G RuralFirst

Orkney, Shropshire, Somerset


Cisco and University of Strathclyde



5G rural first is a co-innovation project creating rural testbeds and trials for 5G wireless and mobile connectivity across three main sites of Orkney Islands, Shropshire, and Somerset. The project pioneers new approaches to the deployment of connectivity in rural areas, empowering organisations and communities and working to evolve more efficient business models for nation-critical industries that operate in rural environments such as agriculture, tourism, renewable energy and manufacturing.

What was tested


Testbed purpose

The project aims to showcase the potential of 5G in rural areas and help share new market, technology, and application opportunities. It will encourage more long-term investment, and engage rural communities around the benefits of 5G technology.


Rural areas and 5G networks

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Capture competitive advantages from frontier technologies
  • Marketing and local economic development

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