Birmingham is Getting 5G Mobile First


The New 5G mobile technology will transform the industry, health services and boost online video streaming and gaming and this is all coming to the West Midlands first.

The 5G mobile connectivity will be fast as home fibre and will be ultra reliable and secure and will not prone to drop-off. It will also allow crowds of people to connect without any problems.

The government have announced that the West Midlands and Birmingham have been selected to trial the new technology which is backed by a £150 million investment to set up the new artwork.

The superfast broadband for users will also help the development of new technology such as driverless cars and mobile reality applications.

Mayor Andy Street said: “It means that we are a step ahead in the race to implement this technology which means in years to come will prove to be game-changing. This was a must-win competition and by coming together as a region were persuaded the Government that we should be that test-bed.”

“One of the reasons we won this bid was because we were able to say there are lots of areas this could make a real difference. For the driverless car industry, we need that reliable 5G signal for that.

“The potential of this technology is endless – and we will enjoy the benefits first.”

“From monitoring the health of babies and the elderly to the way out people are linked to the economy of the future, the way companies do business, the way we deliver public services, the experience of travellers on public transport and the way we deliver the City of Culture and the Commonwealth Games – everything can be made better thanks to the power of this technology.”

What is 5G connectivity?

  • Allows more reliable, stronger connections at lower cost for business, public services and consumers
  • It could be used to replace home wired broadband
  • Mobile internet which is much faster than current home fibre broadband and just as reliable
  • It uses less power to carry the signal it means longer battery life for devices
  • Thousands of users can connect at the same time without suffering from a drop out. “Netflix for everyone in New Street – or even new applications like VR.”


When will it happen?

The first 5G enabled smartphones are expected to appear on the market during 2019. The networks will first appear throughout busy areas like rail stations, city centres and stadiums.

Just Like other mobile technologies, this could take several years to become commonplace.

However, unlike the step up from 3G to 4G, this is a brand new technology, which could take longer to roll out.


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