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5G will 'improve safety on the coastline'

Dorset is to get better access to superfast internet.

It's been chosen as one of seven locations by The Government and will get more than £6 million in total funding.

The '5G Rural Dorset mobile initiative' said it will support 'coastal public services -  using 5G to save lives and enhance safety in coastal areas focusing on incident prevention'.

A spokesperson said: "Using terrestrial and satellite connectivity, we aim to track critical equipment and pilot advanced search and rescue techniques."

The added that it will also be used in the agri-tech sector to see 'how connectivity needed by remote farms can be delivered cost-effectively'. 

"We will pilot leading-edge agricultural technologies to track crop growth, monitor livestock and reduce water pollution."

There will also be 'commercial connectivity' with new 5G services on the Lulworth Estate and festival site - unlocking potential social and commercial uses from tourism and education to safety - and a  5G innovation hub from developing Dorset Innovation Park (formerly Winfrith) 'to allow existing and new businesses to test and develop 5G products and services collaboratively and securely'.

Deputy Leader of Dorset Council Peter Wharf said: "We are delighted to receive this funding. Improved connectivity is critical to our smart rural place aspirations and making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit.

"Introduced sensitively in our world-famous UNESCO-recognised coastline and the wider environment, 5G can help keep vulnerable people safe and well, deliver economic growth, and provide enhanced educational and social opportunities.

"The 5G RuralDorset project is an exciting opportunity for our county to become a leader in Europe, showing how next generation connectivity can positively transform lives in rural communities. 

"We look forward to sharing our learning experiences with other parts of the UK."

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: "We’re determined to make the UK a world-leader in 5G and deliver on our promise to improve connections for people and businesses across the country.

"Today we’re announcing new funding to seize the new opportunities this technology will offer us.

"This includes seeing how it could create new jobs in the countryside, make businesses more productive and unleash even more ideas in our cutting-edge creative industries."

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