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How WM5G is putting Birmingham on the 5G map

West Midlands 5G
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“We’re an ambitious and dynamic region,” says Robert Franks, managing director of West Midlands 5G (WM5G), an innovation and digital acceleration company.

Franks believes that Birmingham’s strong manufacturing history was a key factor in the city being selected to home the UK’s first 5G commercial innovation centre.

“We believe that all of the industries we are strong in, such as manufacturing and transport, are being reinvented through a combination of technologies like 5G, sensors, and data,” explains Franks.

WM5G was created from a Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport funding programme to accelerate the adoption of 5G technology in the region.

The West Midlands saw off competition from 17 other city regions and is now working with startups and companies in the surrounding area to help them get the most out of 5G, the latest generation of cellular technology that promises higher speeds and lower latency....