BT builds public 5G campus network at Warwick University

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The 5G network covers the 720-acre site for staff, students and visitors, as well as people in surrounding areas.

BT has installed what it calls the UK’s first dedicated public 5G network for a campus at Warwick University in England. It says this will bring new opportunities for University-led research, and enhance students’ learning through its EE mobile network.

BT, the University of Warwick and Warwickshire County Council intend the network to foster collaboration innovation and co-development at the University campus and the wider region, stimulating regional economic growth and post Covid-19 recovery.

First phase

This commercial installation is the first phase of a strategic alliance between BT and the University to accelerate the co-creation of 5G-led capabilities within the campus and for industries across the UK.

Next, BT will extend 5G network coverage to the University’s Creative and Digital Communities incubator, to digital companies working with the University and those located in the Leamington Spa area. Leamington Spa’s Silicon Spa games industry cluster will also benefit from a focus on esports and gaming.

BT will also bring its experience with analytics, IoT and AI to the gaming table.

World-leading research

Fotis Karonis, CTIO of BT’s Enterprise unit, said, “University of Warwick is renowned for its world-leading research and innovation, so its status as the first public 5G connected university campus in the country is very fitting.

“With the 5G network now live across the entire campus, we’re gearing up to accelerate the co-creation of innovative 5G use cases in a partnership with University of Warwick. This will not only benefit its faculty, student experience and academic R&D, but will also shape 5G learning and co-creation for key business industries across the UK.”

BT will also work with the University of Warwick’s School of Engineering to pioneer 5G for medical technology including remote social care sector.