What's Next

What does the future hold?

Our focus for the next few years….

2019

Laying the foundations

This year is about putting the foundations in place… to accelerate the deployment of 5G and fibre networks to create the right conditions to roll-out the digital infrastructure. The current digital landscape is inconsistent and makes it hard to do business. Our first task is to improve coverage across the West Midlands, starting in Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton, and then expanding year-on-year.

Find out more about the Infrastructure Accelerator Project >

WM5G is opening opportunities for innovation and experimentation, creating a hub in the region to attract talent and turn game-changing ideas and concepts into reality. We aim to attract leading entrepreneurs to the region to develop pioneering new technology. WM5G will offer a unique environment for organisations – both big and small, technology focused or not – to capitalise on the new infrastructure and partnerships to experiment with processes, products and services enabled by 5G. Ideas will be turned into opportunities, accelerating innovation while reducing risk.

 

2020

Test, prove and scale

With the barriers removed, the next step is testing, proving and scaling up a range of new 5G products and services.

5G innovations will start to transform our lives. Nurturing the development of a diverse set of projects and applications will ensure the West Midlands is well-placed to maximise the benefits of 5G for everyone in the region.

Imagine 5G-enabled improvements to healthcare and the benefits this can provide for wellbeing and our wider health and care services. On demand, personalised and connected care is set to transform the way services are delivered.

Imagine a less congested, less polluted transport system, with the traffic flowing more freely – improving the experience of travelling around the region for leisure, pleasure and work, putting the West Midlands on the map as an easy place to connect and do business.

Imagine the West Midlands cementing its reputation as the driving force for UK industry, building on the legacy of manufacturing and construction. Superfast 5G will help modernise processes and production methods and improve productivity, giving the region a competitive advantage while offering job opportunities and the upskilling of local communities.

2021

Sustain

Sustain – the culmination of our ambitious programme. WM5G will have made a real and positive difference to the people and businesses of the West Midlands, underpinned by a growing 5G network and digital infrastructure across the region. 

Crucially, this is a legacy on which to build and grow…

The West Midlands is in the midst of significant change – 5G will contribute to the regional transformation and ensure the benefits are widespread.

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