5G to be trialed in the Orkney Islands

Selected homes and businesses will have access to download speeds of up to 70Mb.

A handful of locations in Scotland's Orkney Islands are set to trial new 5G broadband. 

Selected homes and businesses on the islands of Sanday, North Ronaldsay, Burray and the village of St Margaret's Hope will be able to access download speeds of up to a superfast 70Mb and upload speeds of up to 20Mb. 

These specific remote locations were chosen by the government's 5G RuralFirst program due to their poor connectivity. 

Generally speaking, broadband coverage across the whole of the Scottish archipelago is quite fair with a lucky few even having access to ultrafast services thanks to BT landing a sub-sea optical fibre link back in 2015.   

The trial will also look at connecting up autonomous agricultural vehicles, a salmon farm and streaming radio broadcasts to the island of Stronsay where residents are unable to receive either FFTC (fibre to the cabinet) or FTTP (fibre to the premise).

A specific date for the trial has not yet been decided, but it'll definitely be underway by the end of this year.

The commercial rollout of 5G to the rest of the UK is expected to begin sometime in 2019.

Source: Trusted Reviews

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