The North East Local Enterprise Partnership and the North East Combined Authority have jointly investigated the opportunity presented by 5G technology for the North East region, and are highly regarded by industry and Government to be a key place to promote the advancement of 5G technology. Unfortunately for our region, the recent DCMS funding for the Testbed and Trials Programme “Urban Connected Community Project” was awarded to the West Midlands, but that does not dampen our ambition. The North East recognises that it is in a strong position to promote the advancement of 5G technology in this region and is interested in talking to private sector partners about opportunities in this area. Private sector companies who are interested in talking to us should contact Alan Welby, Innovation Director at [email protected]. We recognise that due to the cutting edge nature of the technology, potential private sector partners may only be prepared to enter into discussions with us under confidentiality arrangements.