Blackpool Tower is one of the most iconic structures in the north of England and the famous attraction is one of two locations in Lancashire chosen to spearhead new 5G connectivity projects throughout the country.
Blackpool Tower chosen to spearhead new 5G connectivity project
Blackpool Tower has long been a major landmark at the centre of the famous seaside resort and the structure is to be used to accommodate a new trial of up-to-date mobile technology which will further increase the resilience of the mobile network throughout the UK.
Blackpool Tower will be one of many entertainment venues and attractions to be fitted with masts designed to trial open 5G networks across the country, others including the Cambridge Corn Exchange, Stadium of Light in Sunderland, Principality Stadium in Cardiff and Shelsey Walsh motorsport venue.
More and more people are demanding ultra-fast mobile network connections in busy locations such as seaside resorts and major centres of population. RAN (Open Radio Access Network) technologies help enable various technology from different companies to work side-by-side and this can lead to more flexible and adaptable network connections.
Sir John Whittingdale, Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure, said: “Whether you’re in a busy city centre or a rural village, a fast and reliable mobile connection is vital to staying in touch, accessing services and doing business.
“In order to secure that, we need to embrace a diverse and secure range of technology that will underpin the network.
“The projects we’re backing today with £88 million in Government research and development investment will use innovative Open RAN solutions to make our mobile networks more adaptable and resilient, with future-proofed technology to support bringing lightning-fast connections across the country for many years to come.”
The masts won’t affect the overall appearance of Blackpool Tower but they will help improve mobile network connection on 5G networks.