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01 February 2023

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UK Connect partners with Cradlepoint, part of Ericsson, and Nokia to bring cutting-edge 5G private networks to the UK Construction Sector and Defence

UK Connect, the UK’s leading national provider of Rapid Connectivity solutions, has announced a multi-million-pound partnership with the leading providers of private cellular 5G solutions

The collaboration will bring next-generation connectivity to UK businesses, enabling the digital transformation of a range of industries and ensuring that UK Connect’s customers are pushing the boundaries of the connectivity landscape. 

The partnership will find UK Connect utilising its expertise along with Ericsson’s 5G network technology and Nokia’s enterprise solutions to provide Cellular Connectivity, mobile networks, innovative applications and IoT capabilities. These private 5G networks will enhance security and ultra-low latency in industrial environments while also driving efficiency. 

PJ Farr, CEO of UK Connect, said: “In 2021, we were announced as Cradlepoint Ericsson’s EMEA partner of the year and I’m thrilled to see our partnership with Cradlepoint and Nokia continue to mature and grow. By bringing cutting-edge 5G private networks to the UK Construction sector and Defence, our customers can now benefit from increased productivity, operational efficiency and a safer, more sustainable business operations. The private 5G networks will also enable hybrid connectivity solutions utilising existing Wireless networks such as Wi-Fi and Lora Wan, driving better interoperability and speed of deployment.” 

According to a recent report by Futuresource Consulting, the private 5G market is set to grow at an average rate of 35% per year between 2021 and 2027, reaching a value of $16bn (£12bn) by 2027. 

UK Connect will also capitalise on the growing demand for private cellular networks in specific industries such as construction and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). These private 5G networks will support smart processes in construction sites and improve communication and collaboration for MoD operations, offering significant cost savings and efficiencies. 

UK Connect is committed to investing in the development of solutions that integrate emerging technologies, including 5G, IoT, Edge Compute, Cloud and AI. The company is poised to play a major role in enabling businesses’ transformations and shaping the industries they support. 

A private 5G network can be configured to meet a specific business's needs, providing a foundation to overlay other innovative technologies such as IoT, AI, VR and AR. This partnership puts UK Connect at the forefront of the private 5G market, offering cutting-edge solutions to a range of industries, including construction and MoD.
PJ Farr UK Connect founder

PJ Farr

Founder and CEO

UK Connect

About UK Connect  

Established in 2013, UK Connect is one of the nation’s leading I.T. Managed Service Providers. UK Connect has transformed the construction industry – enabling housebuilders and construction companies to improve how they communicate, collaborate and work. UK Connect also works with other sectors including The UK Ministry of Defence, UK MET Office and Manufacturing and Logistics companies, as it continues to drive growth in every corner of the UK. Find out more at

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