World firsts are rare.

Yet for the second time in recent months, the 5GRuralDorset project has found itself at the cutting edge of telecommunications research.

Having bagged the top spot in three categories at Connected Britain, the now multi-award-winning project has gone on to demonstrate satellite backhaul from a 5G standalone network – the only known example of this in the world.

Connected through a satellite link back to the Satellite Application Catapult’s core network in Westcott, two sites in Portland now benefit from both a satellite and terrestrial connectivity. When one becomes unavailable, the other steps in, providing a resilient and robust connection.

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