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University of York appointed academic partner in Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) project

Posted on 10 March 2020

The MANY project aims to develop future 5G rural connectivity in North Yorkshire by investigating new technologies, apps and services tailored for rural areas.

MANY is one of the recently announced winning projects funded by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s new £65 million package for 5G rural and industrial trials and applications across the UK. Other partners of the project include Quickline Communications, North Yorkshire County Council, Lancaster University, Cybermoor, Flo-culture, Safenetics and Wireless Coverage.

The project will provide a comprehensive study on deploying 5G networks in rural areas including the technology of 5G infrastructure, the wireless spectrum to be used, the business models for network deployment and potential use cases. The trial network will use a state-of-the-art non-standalone 5G radio access network (RAN) and core network technologies, using macro and small mobile cells supported by fibre and wireless backhaul. Several different use cases will be investigated including civil and industrial applications. The Centre for High Altitude Platform Applications (CHAPA) at the University, will provide Helikite low altitude aerial platforms to evaluate the feasibility of delivering temporary 5G coverage for local events in remote areas of North Yorkshire.

Professor David Grace, the director of CHAPA said, “University of York has been investigating methods of delivering wireless coverage from aerial platforms for over 20 years. Recently, CHAPA has been actively involved in developing several proof-of-concept wireless communications applications using aerial platforms. We are delighted to be involved in such a project so that we can share our experience and expertise with a group of enthusiastic partners sharing the same goal”.