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5G technology could be a genuine substitute for fixed broadband connections, Arqiva has argued.

The company is planning to commence field trials of fixed wireless access technology next month.

According to Simon Beresford-Wylie, Chief Executive of Arqiva, wider deployments cannot come fast enough, as 5G is a truly mobile product.

However, he was critical of the government's ambitions regarding the UK's digital connectivity.

"We want to commercially deploy fixed wireless access soon because it is crucial to our competitiveness," he commented.

"This country needs a high-quality broadband service. We should be in the first wave of ten to 15 countries to get this [5G] out."

Mr Beresford-Wylie added that the UK's competitive position will otherwise "drift further away and the productivity crisis we have here will be exacerbated".

The comments came after Digital and Culture Minister Matt Hancock insisted the government's digital ambitions remain unchanged after the general election returned a hung parliament.

He insisted the government is still committed to investing in 5G, a full-fibre network and giving everyone in Britain the legal right to request minimum speeds of 10Mbps by 2020.


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