The UK Government today announced plans to open a new “State-of-the-art British telecommunications laboratoryin Solihull (West Midlands), which will bring together broadband operators, providers and academics to research and test innovative new ways to boost the security, resilience and speed of 5G and future 6G mobile networks.
The laboratory, which will aim to create dozens of specialized jobs in telecoms (broadband, mobile, etc.) and cybersecurity, aims to play the role of “national research centerwhich will allow telecommunications companies and providers to test their equipment – such as the radio network infrastructure and the software that underpins it – in a realistic environment (interoperability will be a key focus).
The government believes this will also help accelerate the rollout of mobile technology, although such things might be better encouraged if the country sets more ambitious 5G coverage targets for the future, which the country currently lacks.
Technology Minister Damian Collins said:
“After the superb Commonwealth Games this summer, it is good to feel the excitement of the city again at Birmingham Tech Week.
Fast-growing businesses are bolstering Birmingham’s status as a tech powerhouse, boosting employment and spreading economic growth across the West Midlands.
There’s no better location for the new UK Telecoms Lab, which will transform the region into a center of expertise and innovation in next-generation mobile network security.
The lab itself will be based in the metropolitan borough of Solihull and further details about this will be announced in “on time“.