Network Rail to auction 5G trackside cables

Normally we would think of Network Rail as being responsible for the smooth running of the railway in the UK, but it seems that with around ten thousand miles of track with cables running alongside it is a business deal just waiting to happen.

The problem for Network Rail is that it is mainly made up of old copper cables, the solution is to get this replaced and allow a broadband service provider to upgrade these cables to either gigabit broadband, 5G mobile or both, which could boost Network Rails current system and allow the carrier to provide these services to their customers.

The plan is to auction off the network with an estimated price tag of around £1bn, at one point when this was discussed a couple of years ago, the front runner was believed to be BT, although Network Rail has held talks with other providers too.

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