Free access on trial for 5G mesh network in Liverpool

Liverpool 5G Create has unveiled plans to offer residents of Kensington in Liverpool free access to its 5G mesh network, which it claims is the largest of its kind in Europe.

The health, social care and education project, which runs until March 2022, has built its own high speed network using unlicensed spectrum covering the area and will offer free connectivity to participants in the project.

Using funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s £200mi 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, the project has built a mesh network which relies on line of sight with similar levels of incoming and outgoing capacity rather than using base stations designed mainly to send data.

It has also developed what it calls a ‘digital twin’ replica-map of Kensington to support construction of the network, which includes 120 outdoor sites and is connected to Liverpool City Council’s network, one of its partners.

The project, which also involves local NHS organisations and a number of technology providers, is using 5G connections for remote monitoring of health conditions, a remote GP triaging service and wound care and management.

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