REACH brings together the University of York with a range of industrial partners and Blackpool Council.

The team at York, based at the Institute for Safe Autonomy, have three decades of expertise in wireless communications, physical layer design, radio resource management and application of AI, via the Communications Technologies Research Group. The investigators have participated in the DCMS-funded MANY and DU-Volution projects, and received direct funding from mobile operators, equipment manufacturers as well as participating in/leading many relevant EU collaborative research projects. The project will exploit new state-of-the art wireless labs via a recent £35M investment.

Providing lead support on project management, with expertise in connecting rural communities to the internet and developing innovative technology services. Was founded in 2001 after successfully bidding for the innovative government initiative ‘Wired-up Communities’.

Global leader in communications test and measurement and optical technologies. Enabling customer innovation in industries ranging from communication networks, hyperscale and enterprise data centres to consumer electronics and mission-critical avionics, transportation, aerospace and anti-counterfeiting systems.

One of the UK’s leading broadband and mobile network operators. Virgin Media has partnered up with O2, combining 46 million+ broadband, mobile, phone and home subscribers, and 18,700 employees.

Expertise in development of security frameworks, with involvement in standards and regulatory bodies, including ETSI and 3GPP, and board membership of 6G-IA. SFN brings security knowledge from the DCMS projects MANY and 5GFoF, and the new EU SNS-JU project FIDAL.

The unitary local authority for Blackpool, representing 140,500 people.


AQL is one of the UK’s most innovative telecoms operators, and a ‘hidden enabler’ of smart cities. Their goal is to help businesses and cities keep pace with the latest technological changes by leveraging the power of high bandwidth, secure storage, mobile connectivity and innovation.