Rural Neutral Host Network Demonstration in Orkney, Scotland

Greig Paul, Kenneth Barlee, Ross McPherson, Dani Anderson, David Crawford, James Irvine, Robert Stewart, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow First appeared in IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus, Volume 4, Issue 1, November 2020 https://futurenetworks.ieee.org/tech-focus/november-2020/rural-neutral-host-network-demonstration-in-orkney-scotland 1. Introduction While much of the focus of 5G deployment has been around higher frequencies supporting greater bit…

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Cisco and Strathclyde join forces to empower rural communities

5G New Thinking, a consortium led by Cisco with principal partner University of Strathclyde, has announced a first-of-its kind project to empower rural and poorly connected communities to build their own commercially viable and sustainable 5G wireless networks. The project, titled 5G New Thinking, will be run in partnership with…

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Scottish 5G Centre Launch Event

At the end of November, we held an S5GC welcome event with our three founding partners: the University of Strathclyde (which is also our host university), University of Glasgow and Scottish Futures Trust. As well as thanking our partners for their support in setting up the Scotland 5G Centre, we…

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Spectrum Sharing Comes of Age!

Ofcom’s recent statement on shared access to spectrum supporting mobile technology represents a significant step towards making more spectrum available for use by communities, industry, and businesses across the UK. It provides opportunities for people and businesses to set up and run their own private networks, and it paves the…

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5GRF: The Trials of CUPS

At the Beyond the City event, Dez talked briefly about how MEC (mobile edge computing) and CUPS (client user plane separation) could deliver low latency for agricultural applications, and how 5G RuralFirst had delivered the first 5G CUPS implementation. However, beyond that single slide was a story of network integration…

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5GRF: The Half Million Milestone

Over 500,000 access attempts have been made to the University of Strathclyde’s mobile network in Orkney. The network, which is supported by CloudNet IT Solutions Ltd, has been live less than a month. It currently has two base station sites at Keelylang Hill and Hatston Pier, and supports the provision…

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5GRF: The Tale of Two SIMs

Like all large events, Beyond the City resembled a swan: the smooth appearance on the surface concealing frenetic activity beneath dealing with the inevitable challenges that come with so many delegates and exhibitors converging in a small space. Usually these involve finding enough power strips, or wine glasses, but Beyond…

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Join us at Beyond the City

We’ve just made it back from MWC and we’re already planning our next trip… and you’re invited! To mark the completion of our first set of trials, we are inviting you all to our event ‘Beyond the City’ at the home of our partner University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. We’ve…

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Catch us in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2019!

Mobile World Congress 2019 is just around the corner and in the technology world it is at the front of everybody’s minds. At MWC 2018 5G and IoT were the topic of conversation, and in some sessions, the challenges of rural connectivity. The GSMA’s recent Mobile Industry Impact Report showed…

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