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LS telcom UK Ltd with its partners WHP Telecoms Ltd and InterDigital Europe Ltd have written a report on behalf of the National Infrastructure Commission, which examined the potential to enable existing telecommunications infrastructure for future networks. The report was published on the 14th December 2016, alongside the NIC’s own report on 5G infrastructure, which has made some key recommendations to Government on investment in telecommunications infrastructure.

The report assessed both the fixed and mobile telecommunications infrastructure deployed in the UK today with a view to enable future high-speed connectivity nationwide.

The study focused, in particular, on the nationwide road and rail telecoms infrastructure to determine whether the available fixed fibre capacity could potentially be used for providing high-speed wireless connectivity to road users and rail passengers. The study determined the gaps in the required number of sites needed to fulfill the network performance targets and estimated the capital cost of the equipment deployments.

The study also considered the impact on network densification in urban areas, which would be needed for the future enhanced mobile broadband services of 5G. It further mentioned the need to fix the coverage gaps in rural areas in order to meet the overall 5G Vision.

Some of the major challenges in deploying higher capable infrastructure were identified in the report including how access to fixed non-telecoms infrastructure and more fibre at these locations would be needed.

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