BT to bring 5G to Europe’s largest nuclear site

Telecoms giant BT has secured a £32m network services contract with Sellafield to develop Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and 5G across Europe’s largest nuclear site.

The contract will cover the running and maintaining of the company’s entire network services, as well as upgrades and updates to current equipment across the 650 acre multi-function nuclear site close to Seascale on the coast of Cumbria.

BT said it will provide wide & local area network services and core & gateway services alongside audio and conferencing, telephony, cyber security and “upgrades to the network to enable IoT and 5G [at the site] in the future”.

The BT network will incorporate Wi-Fi, a unified communications programme to consolidate conferencing solutions such as Teams and Skype, and in-built security to enable the handling and processing of sensitive data.

Ashish Gupta, public sector managing director for BT’s Enterprise unit, said: “We are really pleased to have secured this major contract with Sellafield and look forward to working in partnership with them to create a network that is secure, fast, reliable and future-proofed, with the added capability to overlay new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G and IoT in the future.”

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