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Government announces £15 million injection for Digital Catapult-led SONIC Labs

Posted 8 Dec 2021

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is announcing a cash injection of up to £15 million for SONIC Labs.

Run by Digital Catapult with support from Ofcom, the SONIC Labs programme enables telecoms suppliers to integrate early stage products into working end-to-end systems tested in lab and real-world mobile network settings.

SONIC Labs opened in June 2021 with an investment of £1 million. The extra £15 million will be invested so the Lab can expand its programme of testing and international engagement.


Joe Butler, CTO, Digital Catapult said:


“Diversification and interoperability are key themes driving UK capabilities in advanced digital technology and we are pleased to expand Sonic Labs’ role in delivering fast, secure and reliable connectivity.

“We look forward to expanding access early next year to our testbed network to companies looking to experiment with and test new products and services.  Today’s announcement will help us reach more businesses to prepare them for the digital future.”


  • Read the full press notice here.


  • Click here to find out more about SONIC Labs.

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