What is 5G?
Superfast, reliable connectivity – Increased capacity – Low latency
5G is the latest mobile technology that the UK’s leading network operators have been rolling out since 2019. It brings greater speeds, an increased capacity and a much lower latency – opening up additional functionality for mobile services, and new opportunities for the people, businesses and public services of our region.
The fifth-generation technology can drive new possibilities within transport, health and social care services, manufacturing, and more. Our role is to help you discover those opportunities and unlock the digital potential of the West Midlands.
Innovation Centres (Powered by 5PRING)In partnership with an O2-led consortium supported by Wayra, Deloitte and Digital Catapult, we’ve launched 5PRING – the UK’s first 5G innovation centre.
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Infrastructure AccelerationIt’s all about getting the foundations right, and in our role as arbitrators, we’re working with Mobile Network Operators and Local Authorities to accelerate the roll-out of 5G and fibre networks across the West Midlands.
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TransportWe’re exploring how to revolutionise the future of transport across the region with a series of trials and projects, ranging from smarter car parking to real time traffic management and even vehicle counting with 5G masts.
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Health and Social CareLike the rest of the UK, the West Midlands faces major pressures on its healthcare services. To deliver better patient care, we need to work to improve the productivity of our healthcare systems and prove that 5G is a key enabling intervention to achieving this.
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ManufacturingFaster, reliable and wireless: 5G is the gearshift that can change the way that West Midlands manufacturing companies operate. With manufacturers beginning to shift from fixed-line connections to wireless network infrastructure, this project illustrates why firms should be making the switch and importantly explore how.
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Discover 5G5G is changing the way we use devices, connectivity and data by opening up a world of exciting possibilities across business, transport, healthcare, manufacturing, to name a few and will impact our day to day lives. Learn and find out more about 5G, how it may help you and your business, why it’s so exciting and how it will transform our lives in so many ways.
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Latest News & Events
5G and Transport explained on Highways Voices with Chris Holmes
Chris Holmes, Programme Director - Transport for WM5G - joined Highways Voices to give an insight into how the technology can be used in the transport sector. Read More >
Robotic guides for train stations and five other transformative transport projects awarded share of £1.6 million fund
Six innovative and pioneering projects exploring the benefits and applications of 5G technology in the transport sector have been awarded a share of a £1.6 million investment fund. Read More >
Insider Media Discusses Importance of 5G in Aerospace
With a focus on aerospace in the Midlands, which is one of the region's biggest industrial sectors, Insider Media have outlined the future of manufacturing and how 5G will play a massive part in revolutionising the UK aerospace industry. Read More >
5PRING and West Midlands Local Authorities challenge innovators to lead the 5G ‘Smart Cities’ revolution
5PRING – the consortium delivering the UK’s first 5G commercial application accelerators – is now working with West Midlands local authorities to launch the Smart Cities challenge. Read More >
Robert Franks on Smart Cities – Digital High Streets
Robert Franks, Managing Director at WM5G, outlines how 5G trials and solutions will be crucial in the future rollout of smart cities, where technology is used to address urban challenges. Read More >
Adrian Smith to Discuss Health Connectivity in the Post-COVID World
Adrian Smith, West Midlands 5G's Health & Social Care Lead, will be discussing health connectivity in the post-COVID world in the next In-Orbit Podcast, which will launch on Tuesday 13th April. Read More >
5PRING and Ferrovial challenge innovators to help lead 5G revolution in the UK construction sector
5PRING – the consortium delivering the UK’s first 5G commercial application accelerators – has partnered with leading global infrastructure operator Ferrovial. Read More >
West Midlands pioneers UK’s first 5G connected tram
West Midlands 5G (WM5G) has developed the UK’s very first 5G-connected tram as part of a regional transport trial in partnership with West Midlands Metro, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), GoMedia and Icomera. Read More >
5PRING showcases work and ramps-up support for organisations to benefit from 5G in 2021
5PRING has announced a series of events to showcase the UK’s first commercial 5G accelerators in Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton, demonstrate how organisations can transform their businesses and let people how they can get involved Read More >
5PRING – Revolutionising the West Midlands – Birmingham
5PRING is poised to revolutionise the West Midlands with its brand new 5G hub in Birmingham. Read More >
5PRING – Revolutionising the West Midlands – Wolverhampton
5PRING is poised to revolutionise the West Midlands with its brand new 5G hub in Wolverhampton. Read More >
To truly harness the revolutionary benefits of 5G it is vital we get the foundations right
Discover how West Midlands 5G’s (WM5G) Infrastructure Acceleration (IA) team has enabled the deployment of 5G, with infrastructure delivered 6-12 months ahead of schedule in Birmingham, Dudley and Wolverhampton. Read More >
5PRING – Revolutionising the West Midlands – Coventry
5PRING is poised to revolutionise the West Midlands with its brand new 5G hub in Coventry. Read More >
A defining capability of 5G is that it has been designed for forward compatibility – that means it will be able to support future applications and services that remain unknown to us today.
How 5G will transform your levels of media consumption on the go. Mobile video has seen exponential growth in recent years thanks to 4G – and with 5G being up to 10 times quicker – video streaming, ride sharing, food ordering and more are going to feel even faster.
How 5G can connect a paramedic in an ambulance to a hospital physician hundreds of miles away. Or support smart factories in increasing their operational productivity and precision. And even help us travel via autonomous vehicles in the future.
How 5G can transform the future of public transport. We’ve been trialling everything from remote HD CCTV services on the region’s trams, to smarter, more intuitive ways to park on our cities’ congested urban roads. With 5G, we’re able to explore a much safer and more reliable passenger experience.