Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 6th June 2018.

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Photo of Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to provide sufficient back-up power generation for the 5G mobile system to ensure that the emergency communication system can operate during an prolonged power outage.

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

As 5G technology is still at innovation stage and has not been commercially deployed yet, there are currently no national 5G networks in the UK. Once this technology is deployed, it will be built out across existing networks and complimentary to them. Widespread loss of electricity is one of the highest risks in the National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies published by government. As a result, DCMS together with Ofcom and industry take power resilience matters and telecommunications very seriously.

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