A UK 5G testbed has been launched to showcase some of the region’s latest innovation and immersive technology companies.

Digital Catapult, Coast to Capital LEP, Wired Sussex, and the University of Brighton has welcomed leaders from the region’s digital technology community to FuseBox in Brighton.

The hope is that the new 5G testbed will allow Brighton-based small businesses to benefit from 5G mobile wireless communications, and provide a space to test and explore the potential applications of 5G.

The immersive technology showcase presented “the best of local” virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technologies, demonstrating the technological innovation and development in Brighton. The testbed should also help to meet the commitment in the Government’s Industrial Strategy for the UK to be a world-leader in 5G technology.

The facility provides an environment where startups and scaleups can access “the most advanced digital technology solutions”, including an Immersive Lab, designed to help these businesses grow faster. Digital Catapult and partners are encouraging local companies to register to take part in using the testbed to develop their ideas.

Dr Jeremy Silver, CEO, Digital Catapult, said: "The 5G Brighton testbed lets companies experiment with new applications and services which take advantage of the unique nature of 5G. This is a major step forward in the wider roll out of this advanced technology, helping take the technology out of university labs and into the market.

“5G represents more than just faster internet on the move, it’s the first mobile technology that, by design, enables free standing setup in individual locations, offers new companies the opportunity to control their own networks, and enables operators to manage computing at the edge as a new business model for the future."