Worcestershire has been chosen by Government as the home of a new 5G Testbed, putting the county at the forefront of technological innovation. On the first anniversary of the Digital Strategy, the government announced Worcestershire as one of the winners of a £25 million competition to pave the way for a future rollout of 5G technology in the UK.
There are six testbeds led by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), universities and local authorities that represent the best of UK innovation, resources and expertise.
5G is being tested across a range of applications, including smart farming with drones, using the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) to improve healthcare in the home, increasing manufacturing productivity and maximising the future benefits of self-driving cars.
5G is the next generation of mobile technology. When it becomes available in the UK, 5G is expected to have a profound impact on the global economy and the way people live their lives. According to the GSMA, as many as 1.4 billion 5G connections are predicted by 2025, as well as a host of new technologies not yet imagined.
The Worcestershire 5G Consortium has already begun the country’s most comprehensive industrial 5G Testbed trial with a team of 5G specialists and business experts pioneering the concept of ‘Industry 4.0’. The consortium of partners includes local infrastructure providers, national network operators and research and development facilities. They are: Worcestershire County Council, 5GIC at University of Surrey, AWTG, O2, BT, and Malvern Hills Science Park.
Worcestershire LEP is taking the lead in building a connected, creative, dynamic economy that delivers increased prosperity for all those who choose to live, work, and invest in Worcestershire. The LEP is now working with the Midlands Engine with a view to widening the availability of 5G across the region.
For a working example of the applications of the Worcestershire 5G testbed, view the Augmented Reality case study with Yamazaki Mazak here.
The 5G Testbed consortium is open to exploring new opportunities for application and product development and is welcoming interest from the UK’s most innovative minds. To find out more or to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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