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The government has stressed its commitment to establishing Britain as a world leader in the development of 5G technology.

As part of this effort, a £25 million competition has been opened, giving interested parties with innovative ideas on deploying 5G the chance to secure up to £5 million in state funding.

The government wants to encourage the rollout of 5G as it believes the technology will enable internet speeds to keep up with the growing number of devices that require a web connection.

Furthermore, ministers believe that since 5G offers speeds of up to 10Gbps, it will make it easier for people to download and upload ultra HD and 3D video more quickly.

Matt Hancock, the Digital Minister, commented: "To stay competitive, we must be at the cutting edge of new technology and we are determined to be one of the first countries in the world to use 5G." 

He said the government wants to see ideas from all parts of the country that will help it get "the technology and the rollout right to have a nationwide network of 5G innovators".

Mr Hancock added that ministers are determined to make Britain "the best place in the world" to start and grow a digital business and "deliver for all citizens now and in the years to come".

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