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5. Smart Cities. Full fibre and 5G systems will help futureproof the UK’s telecoms infrastructure and enable further
city-wide ‘smart’ innovations.
The National Infrastructure Commission estimates that
Smart Power – built around interconnection, storage and
demand flexibility – could save consumers up to £8bn a
year by 2030. Not only that, but Smart Power could help
the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets and secure the UK’s
energy supply for a generation7.
Furthermore, research has suggested that Smart City
solutions applied to the management of vehicle traffic and
electrical grids could lead to large social benefits.
In the United States, for example, a connected approach
could produce US$160bn in benefits and savings through
reductions in energy use, traffic congestion and fuel costs8.
Councils could also use street-side smart innovations
to monitor air quality and air pollution. With sensor data
gathered in real-time, such a system could then be used to
warn vulnerable citizens who suffer with health conditions
such as asthma.
National Infrastructure Commission, Smart Power, 2015
Accenture, How 5G can help Municipalities become vibrant Smart Cities, 2017
10. Our Story
Specific examples of how fibre could support digitisation
of industry and public services include:
Providing connectivity for traffic lights, video
surveillance and street lighting, as well as to increase
the speed and effectiveness of repairs.
Creating ‘Smart Road’ projects that use a combination
of 5G and fibre connectivity to facilitate the
capabilities of autonomous driving. Elements here
include: autonomous and remote control vehicles,
traffic detection systems, smart cameras and
digitised road signs.
Remotely providing healthcare and education.
Supported by high bandwidth connections, remote
services such as these will play a vital role in
supporting the UK’s society and economy through
the period of turmoil and uncertainty created by the
Providing an environment/platform for a variety of
Service Providers to innovate in smart applications on
top of the infrastructure.