Next generation of mobile technology to be showcased in the West Midlands

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West Midlands 5G (WM5G), a new organisation set up to deliver the first region-wide 5G testbed, will host a series of demo events next week (September 10-12) known as WM5G Demos in partnership with Birmingham City University and global telecommunications giant Ericsson.

The event, which will take place at Millennium Point, Birmingham, is part of WM5G’s wider 5G Application Accelerator project.

WM5G is leading 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. The company is part of the DCMS 5G Test Beds and Trials Programme.

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

With the story of 5G only just beginning, WM5G, Ericsson and BCU are teaming up to showcase what new 5G services and applications might look like. The firms have invited industry experts, local authority members and VIP partners to discover the very latest the technology has to offer. Attendees will experience the superfast speeds, reliable connectivity and endless possibilities that 5G enables.

Demonstrations will include superimposed images through 5G-enabled augmented reality, a 360°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.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “WM5G is here to lead the way and accelerate the roll-out of the technology, which will drive substantial economic growth within the region.

“5G capabilities will attract leading entrepreneurs and start-up businesses to develop innovative new applications and services as part of WM5G’s Application Accelerator programme. New jobs and opportunities will make a real and positive difference to the people and businesses of the West Midlands.”

Robert Franks, Managing Director at WM5G, added: “We want to show that 5G is here to make a positive impact on the people and businesses of the West Midlands. The technology will improve connectivity and reliability for us all, while supplying significantly faster download speeds.

“We’re delighted to have a globally revered technology brand and a large and diverse university on board to help us showcase what 5G can offer to our stakeholders. Together with Ericsson and Birmingham City University, we look forward to delivering a trailblazing series of demonstrations.”

Marielle Lindgren, Head of Ericsson UK & Ireland, added: “The West Midlands has a deep heritage of engineering innovation and WM5G is evidence that the region is now entering a new era. As the West Midlands invests in 5G roll-out, we expect the region will become a hotbed for 5G innovation in areas like AR and VR, autonomous vehicles, smart factories and healthcare.”

WM5G’s initial focus has been on the deployment of the necessary infrastructure required for 5G services. The company is now working closely with manufacturers, SMEs, universities and hospitals across the region on new 5G applications that will help drive economic growth and make a real and positive difference to the people and businesses of the West Midlands.