aql has played a key role in five of the consortia funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) as part of the £30 million 5G Create Testbeds and Trials Programme.
The Leeds-based comms specialist will provide the 5G delivery to each project that aims to explore and develop new use-cases and 5G technical capabilities.
aql’s ethos is founded in building collaborative partnerships and strong teamwork. This has been recognised by the award of multiple projects to deliver enabling technology to support the solid engineering fabric and future success.
The DCMS 5G Create programme is exploring new uses for 5G to improve people’s lives and boost businesses.
Each project that aql will be involved with was chosen for its potential to use 5G to solve real world and societal challenges.
Among the five projects is Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) which aims to explore how 5G technology can have a positive impact on rural communities.
The MANY project aims to boost connectivity in remote areas of North Yorkshire that have traditionally been hard to reach. aql will deliver a 5G core mobile operator capability with roaming to enable superfast mobile connectivity.
The deployment of next generation 5G capabilities will help support remote communities in North Yorkshire to drive tourism, tackle social isolation and develop early warning systems for flooding emergencies.
“We’re excited and proud we have been chosen to become the underpinning operator to support five transformative projects,” said Professor Adam Beaumont, founder and Chairman of the aql group of companies.
“My founding vision was to provide the underlying technologies which allow innovative and creative companies to reach the market faster.
“We’re keen to identify synergies and learnings between the projects to drive collaboration and use 5G as a powerful intervention to scale reach, impact and outcomes.
“We’ve been building the underlying set of capabilities which allow us to deliver some of these services since 2015, so this really is a great start to the year, being able to leverage that significant investment in infrastructure.”