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.
Application Accelerator (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 application accelerator.
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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 5GComing soon. 5G 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
5PRING Panel – Manufacturing Series
5PRING is holding a panel session on how organisations in the manufacturing sector can explore innovation with the power of 5G. Panellists will also dive into the value of 5G for businesses in the sector and what they should be doing to be 5G ready. Read More >
Birmingham City Council and Dudley Council sign landmark lease agreements to accelerate the roll-out of 5G in the West Midlands
Birmingham City Council and Dudley Council have signed landmark lease agreements with MBNL and Cornerstone to accelerate the roll-out of 5G network infrastructure under the guidance of West Midlands 5G (WM5G) Limited. Read More >
How digital connectivity will boost the economic bounce-back
With digital engagement at an all-time high, it is clear that the future of the economy – and in particular its recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 – will be increasingly reliant on digital platforms and over-time the potential of 5G. Read More >
5PRING and the WMCA partner on Green Innovation Challenge to accelerate low carbon economy
5PRING – the consortium delivering the UK’s first 5G Accelerators – and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) have created the Green Innovation Challenge. Read More >
Adrian Smith to discuss the role of 5G in Digital Healthcare
Adrian Smith, our Health & Social Care Lead, will be representing WM5G at a 2 day virtual workshop focusing on the role of 5G in Digital Healthcare. Read More >
Mark Stansfeld speaking at superconnected city event
Chair of the WM5G board, Mark Stansfeld, will be speaking at an online event focused on 5G and how technological advancements will shape business. Hosted by Insider Media, 5G and the Superconnected City will discuss the future of our cities. Read More >
WM5G speaking at the Midlands Development Conference
Our Head of Communications and Stakeholder Management, Lesley Holt, will be speaking at this year's virtual West Midlands Development Conference on the 10th November. Read More >
5PRING Exploit Accelerator – 4th January 2021 to 2nd April 2021
5PRING's exploit programme, known as 5PRING accelerator is a 3-month program (4th Jan, 2021 to 2nd April, 2021) providing later stage start-ups the opportunity to develop innovative and ambitious 5G solutions. Read More >
5PRING Explore Incubator – 23rd November to 4th December
5PRING has launched its transport focused 2-week incubator program, which will run from 23rd November to 4th December 2020. The program is designed to incubate solutions for problems around micro-mobility, green transport and fleet management. Read More >
WM5G featured by Birmingham Business magazine
WM5G has been featured in Birmingham Business magazine. Read what our programme director of transport, Chris Holmes has to say about the recent first round transport competition winners and how they could help to improve transport in the region. Read More >
Transport competition winner: Passenger Management
Passenger Management by Wordnerds and GoMedia aims to solve a series of transport issues by asking the following question: What could a public transport operator achieve with traveller experience, if they knew how every passenger was feeling? 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.