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Stadium MK becomes 5G test site

Stadium MK, home of English League One football club MK Dons, has been chosen as a test site to use 5G to trial advanced mobility and hospitality logistics to drive research in the field of automation.

Three forms of autonomous vehicles, drones and robots delivering ground-breaking applications will be trialled, to illustrate how major venues can operate in the future.

The host site, Stadium MK home of MK Dons, includes a 30,400-seat stadium, 5,000 seat indoor arena, 304 bed hotel and 1,300 parking spaces.

The site also hosts a multiplex cinema, gym complex, restaurants and major retail park.

John Cove, director, Mk Dons said:

We are delighted that the MK5G Create project has been selected to receive support from DCMS. We have been able to bring together a world class team to integrate and exploit 5G capability in a dynamic real world environment  – this will truly demonstrate how Stadium MK home of MK Dons, working with MK council and our partners can use new technology to support a major international sporting and cultural venue.

The project is part of a £28 million scheme to trial innovative new uses of 5G to improve people’s lives. The joint investment from government and businesses will fund nine UK-wide projects that will seize the benefits of 5G and help British industries.

Government-funded test projects include improving fan experiences at O2 arena and MK Dons stadium, trialing 5G-powered cargo ports and boosting tourism sites such as the Eden

Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, said:

5G is about so much more than faster mobile internet speeds so we’re investing millions to help some of Britain’s brightest innovators explore the huge potential of the technology to improve and enrich our lives.

The projects we’ve selected will demonstrate how the blistering speeds of 5G can put some rocket fuel in our economy and help businesses bounce back from the pandemic.

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