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New telecoms robotics test lab opens in Suffolk

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BT has opened a new test lab in Suffolk which aims to put the UK at the forefront of robotics development for telecoms and civil engineering.

It is hoped that the new 5,000 sq ft facility will play a key role in developing solutions to speed the deployment of infrastructure, working with universities and utilities to trial a new range of UK-developed robotics. It is the first dedicated telecoms/civil engineering robotics test facility in the country, targetting problems such as clearing blocked ducts, mending collapsed ducts and installing new fibre network without digging up roads and pavements.

Professor Tim Whitley, BT’s MD of research, said: “The UK is a hotbed of civil engineering innovation, with a thriving university ecosystem and an enviable robotics startup sector. Our aim is to bring those players together in a dedicated facility to develop solutions that make the UK a world leader in telecoms civil engineering robotics.”