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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 31st July 2017.

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Photo of Lord Mendelsohn Lord Mendelsohn Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Spokesperson (International Trade)

Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the establishment of a centre of 5G expertise within DCMS; how many staff the centre will have; what will be its budget; and when a prospectus setting out its functions will be published, as pledged in the government’s 5G Strategy for the UK.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Government has committed £740m through the National Productivity Investment Fund to next generation digital infrastructure. We recently announced a £16 million investment with leading 5G research institutions at King’s College London and the Universities of Surrey and Bristol to develop a cutting-edge 5G test network to trial this new technology by early 2018. This is the first step in the 5G Testbed and Trials Programme and we expect to publish a prospectus later this year, which will provide further detail on the next phase of the programme.

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