pureLiFi partners Cisco in 5G rural connectivity project

pureLiFi is part of the Cisco-led network of tech innovators behind the 5G RuralFirst project, aimed at addressing the UK’s digital divide.

The recently announced UK government-funded project brings together innovative startups, tech leaders and academics to trial rural 5G systems that can bring affordable connectivity to hard-to-reach rural areas.

The end-to-end testbed for trials of new 5G technology will be based mainly in Orkney and the farmlands of Shropshire and Somerset. Potential applications include broadcasting, smart farming, and utilities.

The locations will be linked to the distributed Cisco® 5G cloud platform at DataVita’s Tier III data centre facility near Glasgow and will collaborate with the wider 5G UK ecosystem with the University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC).

The project will look to support and inform the development of the UK’s 5G eco-system so that it is able to address the needs and aspirations of communities and businesses in rural locations in ways that 4G, 3G, and 2G have not been able to do.

pureLiFi and Edinburgh University are among the project innovators working on 5G Radio Access Technology and Dynamic Spectrum Access.

The project aims to spearhead efforts to make the UK a world leader in 5G.

Read the 5G RuralFirst news release here.

Read about the UK Government’s investment in 5G here.

pure LiFi & Edinburgh University

pureLiFi is the world leader in Light Fidelity (LiFi) innovation, enabling the communication of data through light. Established in 2012, pureLiFi is a spin-out from the University of Edinburgh, where its pioneering research into LiFi communication has been in development since 2008. In October 2017 pureLiFi Launched the LiFI-XC the most commercially ready LiFi system on the market. www.pureLiFi.com

Professor Harald Haas, co-founder and chief scientific officer, pureLiFi Ltd., and Director LiFi R&D Centre, The University of Edinburgh, said:

“The U.K. has the opportunity to lead the world in 5G of which LiFi will play a key role in the fruition of this vision for a connected planet. Specifically, ordinary solar cells which for the first time will simultaneously harvest energy and receive high speed from distant light sources.  In combination with LiFi providing connectivity to the end user light communications will help close the digital divide and provide unprecedented end-to-end data connectivity not only here in the U.K., but after a successful project this could be replicated globally.”

TRICAPITAL chair Jamie Andrew said: “We’re delighted that pureLiFi is a key partner of this cutting-edge project aimed at addressing the UK’s digital divide. The LiFI-XC was hailed as the most commercially ready LiFi system on the market on its launch in October 2017, and we look forward to seeing pureLifi continue to build on its success in this area.”

To find out more about this TRICAPITAL investee company, visit the pureLiFi website.

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