Sunderland to deploy city-owned 5G network


Sunderland in the North East of England has announced a new partnership to deploy a private 5G network for business and public services applications.

Sunderland City Council has awarded a 20-year strategic partnership to BAI Communications to design, build and operate digital infrastructure including Wi-Fi, LoRaWan (long-range wide area network) and a private 5G small cell network.

A ‘backbone’ of 5G connectivity, based on a neutral host model, will be established in the city by summer 2022.

Neutral host infrastructure can support multiple operators rather than them each building their own networks.

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