BT Trials 5G C-RAN Tech in Leeds
December 20, 2022
has become one of the first cities in the UK to be fitted with the
latest cutting-edge 5G technology, after a trial was launched by BT.
BT has unveiled Leeds as one of the first cities to trial new technology
known as C-RAN, which in the future could be installed as individual
street works or fitted in existing street-furniture, such as lampposts
or CCTV, to deliver a 5G signal.
C-RAN uses cloud computing technology to support 5G connectivity,
meaning it can be fitted into a range of different units.
The pilot scheme led by BT Wholesale, part of the company’s Enterprise
unit, will enhance coverage and connectivity for those visiting, working
or living in Leeds and serve as a proof of concept for future
The project has seen the first units installed at key locations in Leeds
city centre and will allow BT to track how the infrastructure improves
access in the area. The infrastructure is currently being used by the EE
and Three networks for the trial.
C-RAN technology uses specialist software which has the potential to be
used in smaller, more compact units including existing street furniture.
Tempest, Managing Director, BT Wholesale, said: “The introduction of
this new technology highlights BT’s commitment to delivering innovative
solutions that benefit residents, businesses, and visitors, whilst also
supporting economic growth across Leeds and the wider UK.
“This trial represents another step in transforming connectivity for the
future and will help us better understand how 5G can best be delivered
to meet the demands of the country.”
As well as enabling local customers to access faster, more reliable
speeds on their mobile devices, introducing improved 5G connectivity can
in the long-term be used to provide a platform for the city to access
other community and business developments.
This could include the creation of virtual classrooms, air quality and
pollution monitoring, and improved support for assisted living.