Re­gion to be 5G test-bed

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

WORCES­TER­SHIRE has se­cured Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to help de­velop 5G mo­bile tech­nol­ogy in the UK.

The Worces­ter­shire 5G Con­sor­tium has re­ceived £4.8 mil­lion to test 5G across a range of ap­pli­ca­tions from smart farm­ing with drones, health­care in the home, de­vel­op­ing self-driv­ing cars and im­prov­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity.

5G will en­able in­ter­net speeds to keep up with the ex­plo­sion of smart de­vices in the home and the so­called in­ter­net of things.

With po­ten­tial speeds of up to 10 gi­ga­bits per sec­ond, it will also make it eas­ier for peo­ple to rapidly down­load and up­load ul­tra HD and 3D video.

As well as the Worces­ter­shire County Coun­cil and the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship the con­sor­tium in­cludes ex­perts from the Univer­sity of Sur­rey, AWTG, Huawei, O2, BT and Malvern Hills Sci­ence Park and lo­cal busi­nesses Worces­ter Bosch, and Ya­mazaki Mazak.

Mark Stans­feld, chair­man of Worces­ter­shire LEP and 5G lead for Mid­lands En­gine, said: “We are de­lighted to have been suc­cess­ful in our bid which will help busi­nesses de­liver greater pro­duc­tiv­ity us­ing 5G tech­nolo­gies.

“This high­lights the huge am­bi­tion of Worces­ter­shire’s in­no­va­tive public and pri­vate sec­tor, with key Worces­ter­shire em­ploy­ers lead­ing the way in In­dus­try 4.0.

“At a time of in­creas­ing global com­pe­ti­tion for trade and in­vest­ment, we are con­fi­dent that we can act as a cat­a­lyst for tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion in the wider Mid­lands En­gine and na­tion­ally.

“We wel­come op­por­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion with the UK’s most in­no­va­tive minds.”

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