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Ericsson brings 5G demos to the Midlands

Showcasing truly immersive 5G demos, Ericsson partnered with the West Midlands 5G organization (WM5G) and Birmingham City University (BCU) at a three-day event at Birmingham’s Millennium Point. 

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Ericsson brings 5G demos to the Midlands

The WM5G, a new organization set up to deliver the first region-wide 5G testbed in the UK, is leading the ongoing drive to accelerate 5G rollout across the West Midlands. The organization teamed up with Ericsson and BCU to showcase exciting new 5G services and applications during the three-day event on September 10-12.

Industry experts, local authority members and VIP partners were invited to the demos, which included 5G-enabled augmented reality, a 360-degree visualization of proposed developments within an existing cityscape, cloud-enabled robots for factories, a 5G-enabled homecare assistance system and a peek into day-to-day life using a virtual reality experience.

Robert Franks, Managing Director at WM5G, says: “We’re delighted to have a globally revered technology brand and a large and diverse university to help us showcase what 5G can offer to our stakeholders. Together with Ericsson and BCU, we look forward to delivering a trailblazing series of demonstrations.”

Marielle Lindgren, Head of Ericsson UK & Ireland, says the West Midlands is at the forefront of 5G rollout in the UK.

“The West Midlands has a deep heritage of engineering innovation and WM5G is evidence that the region is now entering a new era. As the West Midlands invests in 5G roll-out, we expect the region will become a hotbed for 5G innovation in areas like AR and VR, autonomous vehicles, smart factories and healthcare. As the recognized leader in driving 5G across the globe, we are delighted to be the organization’s technology partner and look forward to working closely with manufacturers, operators and universities to bring greater connectivity to the local area and beyond.”