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Bristol’s 5G expertise helps secure West of England £5m Smart Tourism bid

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12 March 2018

The West of England Combined Authority has secured £5 million from government to trial a superfast 5G network at tourist destinations in Bristol and Bath. The University of Bristol's world-leading expertise on telecommunications and pioneering research on 5G technologies and networks has been pivotal in defining and delivering the Smart Tourism Bid.

The project will build upon the 5G network already developed by the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab, through earlier DCMS funding, to establish experimentation capabilities for digital innovation.

The trial will see 5G infrastructure put in place at the Roman Baths in Bath, M Shed and in and around We The Curious and Millennium Square in Bristol.

“Imagine a virtual Roman soldier showing you around the Roman Baths,” said West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles. “Now imagine this moving 360 degrees on your mobile phone at a resolution you have never experienced before - that’s what 5G technology can offer.

“The 5G Smart Tourism bid will allow us to trial some exciting technology at our top tourist attractions, whilst looking at wider and longer-term benefits for our region. This new technology holds the key to a more advanced, sustainable and smart future which will revolutionise the way we all live, travel and work.”

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