Digital Connectivity for Productivity? 5G, 4G, Airband, LoRaWAN, Broadband – Smart Rural 3

Digital Connectivity for Productivity? 5G, 4G, Airband, LoRaWAN, Broadband – Smart Rural 3
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“Slow digital services are marginalising rural areas.


Rural inhabitants risk becoming ‘second-class’ citizens in the digital revolution as urban dwellers benefit from next-generation broadband and 5G mobile, MPs have said.” The Guardian.


Latest figures suggest 8,500 businesses in Shropshire are located in areas in which it has been identified that more than 25% of lines are unable to receive broadband speeds over 10 mbps, with that figure as high as 46% in some locations.


What impact is this having on productivity in the county? Is this a solvable issue? The 3rd Smart Rural event hosted by the Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology ([email protected]), explores the challenges and opportunities rural businesses and communities have for improved communication technologies through the lens of People, Profit and Planet.


Hosted by Professor (v) Dr. Julieanna Powell-Turner and with keynote speakers from Smart Rural Scotland Co-op, the event will debate the current technologies on offer such as 5G, LoRaWAN and Airband. It will showcase examples of their applications for rural areas as a tool for connecting people and services across the sectors of environment and health.


Agenda (subject to change):


10:30am – Coffee and networking


11:00am – Opening remarks – Professor (v) Dr. Julieanna Powell-Turner, Research Director, [email protected]


11:15am – Opportunities for digital connectivity between People, Profit and Place: Iceland Case Study of Smart Rural - Tinna Björk Arnardóttir, Eco-Innovation Project Manager, University of Chester


11:35am – Smart Cities Principles and Smart Rural​Nohman Awan, Digital Construction Lead, Balfour Beatty


12:00pm – Current picture of Shropshire in relation to digital connectivity – Chris Taylor, Programme Manager, Connecting Shropshire


12:20pm – TBC


12:35pm – Introduction to Airband applications – Pip Hallewell, Business Manager, Airband


12:45pm – Q&A


1:00pm – Lunch and networking


2:00pm – Case Study: Making Rural Scotland “Smarter” – Paul Lindop, Project Manager, Smart Rural Co-op Scotland


2:35pm – Rural connectivity & business productivity - Dr Fiona Williams, Geography and International Development, University of Chester


2:50pm – Rolling out Connectivity – Becki Clark, 5G Action Learning Network Lead, Connected Places Catapult


3:10pm – The Future of Rural Mobility – Valerie Hastie, Senior Policy Officer, Midlands Connect


3:30pm – Q&A


3:45pm – Summary and close - Professor (v) Dr. Julieanna Powell-Turner, [email protected]




This is a fully funded event open to SME’s based in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.


People who should attend:




  • Construction companies




  • Architects




  • Academics




  • Local Authorities




  • Policy makers




  • Environmental regulators




  • Funders




  • Consultants




  • Surveyors




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Part funded by the ERDF, [email protected] offers free support to SMEs in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin for R&I into environmental science, management and technology. (SGH026)




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