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As it looks to extend wired and wireless connectivity through the UK, comms provider BT has earmarked the city of Leeds as one of the first cities to trial new C-RAN technology in which street-furniture such as lampposts or CCTV deliver a 5G signal.
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C-RAN architecture is designed to empower mobile connectivity providers with greater flexibility over the composition of deployments, while making units more compact. It uses uses cloud computing technology to support 5G connectivity, meaning it can be fitted into a range of different units. The pilot scheme is designed to enhance coverage and connectivity for those visiting, working or living in the principal city of Yorkshire and serve as a proof of concept for future developments.

The project has seen the first units installed at key locations in Leeds city centre and will allow BT to track how the infrastructure improves access in the area. The infrastructure is currently being used by the EE and Three networks for the trial.

“The introduction of this new technology highlights BT’s commitment to delivering innovative solutions that benefit residents, businesses, and visitors, whilst also supporting economic growth across Leeds and the wider UK,” said Alex Tempest, Managing Director, BT Wholesale. “This trial represents another step in transforming connectivity for the future and will help us better understand how 5G can best be delivered to meet the demands of the country.”