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aql provides cornerstone to UK 5G projects to drive a better connected society

prnewswire | January 14, 2021

aql, the confided in specialized subject matter expert, today declares its support in five of the consortia financed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as a feature of the 5G Create Testbeds and Trials Program. aql will give the 5G conveyance to each extend that means to investigate and grow new use-cases and 5G specialized abilities.

aql's ethos is established in building cooperative organizations and solid collaboration. This has been perceived by the honor of various activities to convey empowering innovation to help the strong designing texture and future achievement.

The volume and type of candidates to the £30 million DCMS 5G Create program - which is investigating new uses for 5G to improve individuals' lives and lift organizations - made for a profoundly serious cycle with more than sixty applications prompting nine second round victors. Each undertaking that aql will be engaged with was picked for its capability to utilize 5G to tackle genuine world and cultural difficulties.

Eden Universe - Led by the Eden Project, Eden Universe will convey the cause's message of environmental change direness by means of new and drawing in media designs, which without 5G would not be conceivable. This mediation will draw in the associated age as well as permit associated nature to be conveyed to mind homes and backing nature-as-treatment through virtual stages. Eden's group deciphers crude science focused on climate and atmosphere. This translation transforms into a story around the criticalness for change. This account is then conveyed through open, justifiable substance, for example, narrating, encounters, expressions and execution. 5G will open continuous substance to expand and fortify these messages.

Associated Cowes - Using 5G innovation, aql will empower one of the most seasoned and most regarded regattas on the planet to go advanced giving a stage to enlarge the compass of the game. Working intimately with Cowes Week, instruction good cause 1851 Trust and different accomplices, the task will drive attention to marine effect, science in cruising and marine innovation to draw in the up and coming age of pioneers and mariners.

Live and Wild - Candor Productions, an honor winning creation organization has tested aql to convey 5G administrations to help continuous recording in outrageous conditions, including buckling, peaks and other difficult to arrive at regions, to make drawing in, rousing substance, with various camera points.

5G Factory of the Future (5G-FoF) - Bringing together modern and scholastic pioneers from the assembling and media communications areas, the 5G-FoF project expects to create incorporated arrangements that will settle key difficulties to conveying 5G advancements in industry. aql will convey a 5G organization that will empower ongoing perceivability into assembling work processes that will help distinguish regions to lessen costs, improve efficiency and increment yield.

Versatile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) - Set up to investigate how 5G innovation can positively affect provincial networks, the MANY undertaking intends to support availability in far off regions of North Yorkshire that have customarily been difficult to reach. aql will convey a 5G center portable administrator ability with meandering to empower superfast versatile availability. The arrangement of cutting edge 5G abilities will help uphold far off networks in North Yorkshire to drive the travel industry, tackle social disconnection and grow early admonition frameworks for flooding crises.

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."

Professor Adam Beaumont, Founder and Chairman of the aql group of companies, said: "We're excited and proud we have been chosen to become the underpinning operator to support five transformative projects. My founding vision was to provide the underlying technologies which allow innovative and creative companies to reach the market faster.  We're keen to identify synergies and learnings between the projects to drive collaboration and use 5G as a powerful intervention to scale reach, impact and outcomes.  We've been building the underlying set of capabilities which allow us to deliver some of these services since 2015, so this really is a great start to the year, being able to leverage that significant investment in infrastructure."

About aql

Founded in 1998 by CEO Professor Adam Beaumont, aql is a trusted communications provider specialising in secure and reliable wholesale access to fixed and mobile networks for government, enterprise and innovators. The company is responsible for over 100 million telephone numbers for UK ISPs and operators. aql routes millions of SMS text messages per day and operates a wide-reaching connected national network. aql also owns and operates four highly secure carrier neutral datacentre sites within the UK, including housing the main out-of-London independent internet-exchange.  aql has been providing global mobile connectivity for the Internet of Things arena since 2006, through the evolution of 2G/2.5G/3G/4G and now 5G.

aql's mission is to power a connected society by providing trusted solutions that enable communications between cities, communities, people and businesses. It strives to make communication easy and accessible for all organisations to embrace the challenges a new digital World creates.

aql is a global company with offices in the UK and Isle of Man with a strong presence in the European Union (EU) with locations across the Baltics.

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Liberal-democratic nation-states make frequent and explicit reference to five key elements of the global internet in their policy documents and cyber strategies: free, open, interoperable, secure, and resilient, or some combination of those elements. However, there are two fundamental problems with this approach. The first is that the global internet never has embodied the absolute of any of these principles and it is unlikely to in the future. The second is that these five principles are in tension with one another for instance, considering that complete network openness has some negative effect on network security but this is not reflected in a vision of the internet where they all exist in harmony.

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Liberal-democratic nation-states make frequent and explicit reference to five key elements of the global internet in their policy documents and cyber strategies: free, open, interoperable, secure, and resilient, or some combination of those elements. However, there are two fundamental problems with this approach. The first is that the global internet never has embodied the absolute of any of these principles and it is unlikely to in the future. The second is that these five principles are in tension with one another for instance, considering that complete network openness has some negative effect on network security but this is not reflected in a vision of the internet where they all exist in harmony.

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O-RAN ALLIANCE | October 22, 2021

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