London-based smartphone users will be able to access 5G networks by 2020, according to an infrastructure investment proposal being announced this week by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. 5G currently being trialled in the UK by the University of Surrey.
The Telegraph reported how the development of mobile network will be supported by the University of Surrey, which is set to receive £24m from a consortium of private sector mobile partners - Fujitsu, Huawei, Samsung and others - and £11.6m from the £200m UK Research Partnership Investment Fund to research the next-generation network.
In the spring, Prime Minister David Cameron announced a partnership between the University of Surrey, the University of Dresden and Kings College London to develop 5G mobile connectivity.
Boris Johnson said that the capital city is earning a reputation for being the tech capital of Europe. 'We need to ensure every Londoner is able to access the very best digital connectivity,' he said.
'Rapidly improving the connectivity of this great city is a key part of the Infrastructure Plan for London.'