“Mobile coverage is today considered an essential utility,” said Flomer. “For the UK to compete in the global economy, providers must guarantee a consistently high standard of 4G coverage across the country. The findings of this report show that there is still a long way to go before “virtually all” UK premises have consistent access to 4G signal. Even in London, more than a quarter of mobile phones analysed did not have access to 4G coverage.
“If I were a hacker, I’d spend my time trying to find ways to breach wireless because there’s a lot going on, and people rely on it,” says Robert Winters, head of the TeraVM product line at Hertfordshire, U.K.-based provider Cobham Wireless.
“Although there will not be an operational LTE public safety network in place this year, it is likely that the standards and regulations will be implemented in advance of a possible 2018 deployment,“ Flomer says.
“The major challenge facing 5G this year is that the standard will not be defined as a single wireless technology like its predecessors,” said Dr. Li-Ke Huang, research and technology director at Cobham Wireless.
Li-Ke Huang, a 5G ?researcher at Cobham Wireless, welcomes the investment of taxpayers’ money in tech. “5G can also help fix the various ‘not spots’ across the country, such as commuter rail lines and large parts of rural Britain”, said Huang. “The proposed government investment will help position the UK as a leader in 5G research and development.”
“The proposed government investment will help position the UK as a leader in 5G R&D, and provide the nation with a head start in the consequent race to bring the benefits of this technology to consumers and businesses.”
“Research and development centres in the UK are already actively involved in validating core 5G technologies and testing their performance – but we need continual investment to support its evolution, looking at everything from chipsets to network performance,” said Dr Huang.
Dr Li-Ke Huang, 5G ?research and technology at Cobham Wireless, for example, said: “The government’s plans to invest in 5G technology are vital in order for the UK to retain its position as a digital leader in Europe.