5G technology is the future of wireless technology in the UK. Dorset Smart Place Pilot is an opportunity for Dorset to lead this connectivity revolution, pioneering innovation, creating jobs and benefiting the local economy.

Project Status - Completed

  • Start Date: September 2019
  • End Date: March 2021
  • Local Growth Fund allocation: £1,000,000
  • Awarded to: BCP Council


Allocated £1,000,000 of Local Growth Funding, with match funds of £330,000, to enable the testing of 5G applications and equipment in the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth.

Expected outcomes by 2025:

  • Jobs created at the project site and the surrounding area - 400
  • Gross Direct Impact (GDI) - £12.6 million
  • Gross Value Added (GVA) - £32.9 million
  • Net Additional Local Impact - £16.1 million

The creation of an internet of things in the Lansdowne area has improved services, provided free public wi-fi and attracted new investment, employment and innovation in Bournemouth.

The project has enabled local manufacturers to speed up production of 5G machines in Dorset through real-world testing. This puts Dorset's local advanced manufacturing and digital sectors even further at the forefront of innovation.

View our End of Project Report.

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