Breakthrough technology 5G is here


Industry experts, local authority members and VIP guests were invited to try out the latest the technology has to offer, and experience the superfast speeds, reliable connectivity and endless possibilities that 5G enables.

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5G provides speeds up to ten times faster than 4G and has the potential to deliver significant public and private sector benefits across the healthcare, manufacturing and construction industries.

Demonstrations superimposed images through 5G-enabled augmented reality, a 360 degree visualisation of proposed developments within an existing cityscape, cloud-enabled robots for factories, a 5G-enabled homecare assistance system and a day-to-day life virtual reality experience.

Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority Andy Street said: “We will see 5G-enabled phones by Christmas, so it’s important that we understand the apps that will change business, driving forward the region’s performance with more productivity and more innovation.”

He added: “This event is a taster of what’s possible and I am so proud that we have the opportunity to work with government on this region-wide 5G testbed.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Julian Beer commented: “Through collaboration with new and established industry and public sector partners, BCU is in a strong position to build on our current research base and further explore how intelligent 5G connectivity can be utilised to create wealth in our economy and enhance the quality of our lives.”

The demonstration events were part of WM5G’s 5G Application Accelerator project and the ongoing drive to accelerate the roll-out of 5G across the West Midlands, which will inform the wider deployment of the technology across the UK.

Pictured: (Left to right) Ian Thornhill, Ericsson, Julian Beer, BCU Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority, Igor Leprince, WM5G.

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