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Port of Tyne to invest in 5G private network to boost smart port ambitions

Port of Tyne to invest in 5G private network to boost smart port ambitions

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The Port of Tyne is advancing its ambition to become a world-class ‘smart port’ after partnering with BT to install a new 5G private network and other cutting-edge surveillance and smart technology.

The arrival of 5G means the Port and its customers can take full advantage of advanced technology, including robotics and autonomous vehicles, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Building upon the Port’s in-house innovation capability – the 2050 Maritime Innovation Hub – the Port of Tyne is implementing a new hybrid fibre, 4G and 5G private network to build a future-proofed digital technology infrastructure.

Once live, the new private network infrastructure will provide fast and low latency connectivity across the Port’s entire estate, opening up the potential for the development and implementation of both established and emerging technology.

BT has been selected as technology partner and will use Ericsson equipment to complete the installation. It follows a multi-million-pound new partnership announced recently by the technology and telecoms firms to provide commercial 5G private networks for the UK market – one of the first agreements of its kind in the country.

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