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Cameron throws £45m at Internet of Things research, pledges UK support for 5G

Opening IT business exhibition CeBIT 2014 in Hannover, British Prime Minister David Cameron hailed technology as the "new industrial revolution" and unveiled a 5G research partnership between the UK and Germany.

Pointing to Germany's history of technological innovation and recent British success stories like Tech City and the Raspberry Pi, Cameron stated that he hoped the UK and its European allies would "lead the way."

"This is a world on fast forward. A world of permanent technological revolution. And in this world, countries like the UK and Germany will only succeed if we have a relentless drive for new ideas and innovations," he commented.

Cameron added: "The UK tech scene today is dynamic. Relentlessly ambitious. Leading the way...It is our ambition to make the UK the most digital nation in the G8 and it is my mission to show the world that we're getting there."

As well as announcing the 5G deal, which will see collaboration between the University of Dresden, London's King's College University, and the University of Surrey, Cameron talked up the potential of the Internet of Things, committing a further £45 million of UK government money to researching the increasingly mainstream concept.

"I see the Internet of Things as a huge transformative development - a way of boosting productivity, of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs, tackling climate change," Cameron said.

Alongside his German counterpart, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Cameron also re-iterated Europe's commitment to developing a single telecoms market and scrapping roaming charges.

James Laird
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