Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership has confirmed that the county has been successful in its bid for Government funding to test and explore 5G connectivity, in order to revolutionise the way future business will operate both in the UK and globally.
5G is the next generation of mobile technology. When it becomes available in the UK in the next three years, 5G is expected to have a profound impact on the global economy and the way people live their lives.
From its launch next month, The Worcestershire 5G Consortium will begin 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, Huawei, O2, BT, and Malvern Hills Science Park.
The 5G Testbed will provide a revolutionary platform for local and national businesses to develop next-generation technology focused on improving the UK’s industrial productivity. Worcester Bosch and Yamazaki Mazak have already been selected to experiment with preventative and assisted maintenance using robotics, big data analytics and augmented reality. QinetiQ, the multinational defence technology company, will use the Test Bed to advance cyber security application, providing assurances on the ‘security by design’ of IoT technology.
Worcestershire LEP and the 5G Testbed consortium is already working to increase the pool of local expertise, and is welcoming interest from enterprises looking to increase industrial productivity. To fuel interest, the consortium has commissioned the creation of new courses at local academic institutions The University of Worcester and Heart of Worcestershire College. Entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to test 5G capabilities in a new commercial technology accelerator located at the 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.