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DCMS 5G Programme Rural Connected Communities grant funding competition

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Funding details
Registration opens
27 Aug 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
25 Oct 2019, 12:00
25 Oct 2019, 12:00
£30m total funding for up to 10 5G research and development projects


The Rural Connected Communities project (RCC) is supporting the overall strategy for improving mobile coverage and driving successful 5G implementation in the UK. It is:

Improving the case for investment in rural network deployment by testing new commercial and technical solutions for more efficient deployment of advanced network infrastructure including 5G.
Supporting the business case for 5G by building and proving demand from new use cases that incentivise investment in rural areas.



The Rural Connected Communities (RCC) competition will fund up to 10 5G research and development projects to run over the course of two years.

These projects will trial innovative use cases and technical solutions to build the business case for investment in rural connectivity and explore the capabilities of 5G to benefit rural communities. They will also help demonstrate demand from a variety of economic sectors and rural communities for 5G technologies.

Connectivity applications are expected to show a combination of societal and economic benefits that will together create a stronger case for investing in the deployment of 5G infrastructure for rural areas.



Competition briefing event 12 September 2019 – The Carriageworks, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD. Registration is open via



This competition is open to applications from consortia from across the UK. Consortia are likely to consist of a mixture of organisations including the public, private and third sectors, and academia.

Click here for the Rural Connected Communities Overview and Application Guidance.

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