Who we are

Working to transform and deliver tangible benefits

What is WM5G?

West Midlands 5G (WM5G) has been established to accelerate the benefits of 5G throughout the region.

WM5G manages a number of projects to speed up the launch of 5G networks and test, prove and scale up new 5G products and services – for local people, public services and businesses.

WM5G works in partnership with public and private sector organisations to deliver these projects.

WM5G is a multi-million-pound programme that both the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have set-up to develop the UK’s first region-wide 5G testbed.

Delivering real benefits for the West Midlands…

Our ongoing projects include work in the areas of health and social care, transport and manufacturing, with wide-reaching implications in the West Midlands and beyond. From connected ultrasound to self-drive vehicles, WM5G is opening up new pathways of possibility through 5G.

WM5G is also working in partnership with local authorities and mobile network providers to accelerate the roll-out of 5G and fibre networks, a crucial part of delivering strong signal coverage.  WM5G aims to boost 5G coverage in the West Midlands by 20% by the end of the project.

We’ve already made great headway, the  West Midlands and Birmingham have reaped the rewards of WM5G’s Infrastructure Acceleration programme and have been ranked highest in a new 5G mobile coverage study by an independent telecoms advisory company.

The study analysed 5G coverage across the UK’s Combined Authority areas and placed the West Midlands first for 5G coverage, whilst Birmingham also ranked highest for 5G coverage among the top six cities in England and Scotland – according to the Umlaut Audit Report, 5G Coverage in the UK 2020.

WM5G is all about delivering real benefits for people and businesses and strengthen the West Midlands’ position as the hub of the UK’s 5G ecosystem.

WM5G is here to: Explore – Accelerate – Sustain

Vision

Using 5G to make a real and positive difference to the people, businesses and the public sector in the West Midlands.

Mission

Accelerate the adoption of 5G technology to bring opportunities and improvements to the West Midlands

Meet the team

West Midlands 5G is made up of a number of teams, which enable us to deliver our mission and inspire our vision. The operational teams are supported by a strategic leadership board.

 

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