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UK launches 5G testbed in West Midlands

The West Midlands region has been selected to become the home to the UK’s first multicity 5G testbed. The UK government says the multimillion pound trial of high speed connectivity will pave the way for the future rollout of 5G across the UK, making the region the first in the UK ready to trial new 5G applications and services at scale. The Urban Connected Communities Project, the next step in the Government’s 5G Testbed and Trials Programme, will develop a large-scale, 5G pilot across the region, with hubs in Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton. Up to £50m is currently available for the project, subject to further development and approval of the business plan. The West Midlands Combined Authorities bid has an initial focus on the health, construction and automotive sectors with plans that include: hospital outpatient appointments and emergency consultations carried out remotely by video link not subject to droppage or latency barriers; connected ambulances – paramedic crews at an incident could access specialist advice while they are at the scene; and live streaming of CCTV footage from public transport buses. Read more

  • Tuesday, 25 September 2018

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