Health & Social Care Testbed


The Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care Testbed started in April 2018 as part of the DCMS 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme and the greater 5G strategy, and ran for 20 months.

The project, the first 5G supported health trial of its kind in Europe, was given £4.9 million to see if 5G technology provides measurable health and social care benefits in a digitally deprived neighbourhood. It is also part of the UK5G, national innovation network for the sector.

The project was delivered by the Liverpool 5G Consortium:


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Throughout the project, the consortium tried to address the following question:

“Can 5G connectivity be sufficiently cheap and effective in health and social care provision that it will be cost effective to give free access to those unable to afford either phone or broadband access?”

We knew that to answer this question we needed a series of technological solutions that care services could easily adopt and use.

Throughout the project we also focused on:


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is L5G-4-1.jpgOver 20 months we mobilised 11 partners, over 15 subcontractors, social care providers, local citizens and wider stakeholders to take part in our project. We established a working 5G mmWave network, which supported health and social care products for 179 people in the community. Our partners spanned the full range of private, public and third sectors.

The Liverpool 5G Health and Social Testbed harnessed opportunities created by 5G mmWave technology and used them to address challenges currently facing health and social care services. A private 5G mesh network supports telehealth services in the Kensington area of Liverpool.


From April 2018 to November 2019 the Liverpool 5G Testbed:

Key Impacts

We showed how 5G can effectively support new and existing technologies, enabling the use of innovative health and social care applications in the field more cost-effectively.

Analysis of the benefits and impact of the devices during the project trial demonstrated that using 5G supported health technologies can: