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Call for 5G trans-Pennine rail partners

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Firms are being called on to take part in a trial to install 5G technology on the trans-Pennine rail line between Leeds and Manchester.

Called the Trans Pennine Initiative (TPI), the trial will look at how trackside infrastructure can be used to provide rail passengers with 5G connectivity. It also wants to uncover any issues or barriers to implementation, connected with access, costs or the installation process.

Network Rail is the delivery partner on the trial, which will run on the route and is also set to spearhead digital signalling. The line is set for a £3bn upgrade starting next year

Digital minister Margot James said: “The importance of fast, reliable and uninterrupted connectivity on our rail network is only going to increase. Projects like the Trans Pennine Initiative will be instrumental in delivering this for passengers, and are all part of our commitment to make the UK a world leader in 5G.

“DCMS has today launched a call for information to industry which will provide information necessary to assist in the trial and to identify any constraints and concerns that potential trialists envisage.”

The firms taking part in the trial will be allowed to deploy their equipment on the route and receive financial help towards installation.

Interested firms should email 5genquiries@culture.gov.uk by14th September 2018.

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