Worcestershire 5G Testbed
Worcestershire 5G testbed goes live
10:02 17 February 2019
5G-enabled factory technology is currently being trialled in Worcestershire, allowing manufacturers to assess how new innovations can make their facilities and production lines more efficient.
The Government-funded Worcestershire 5G testbed aims to assess the industrial use cases for 5G. It is hoped that the technology will offer greater capacity, lower latency and better reliability.
Mark Stansfeld, Chair of the Worcestershire 5G Testbed & Trials, said: “Going live with the UK’s first 5G factory trials marks a monumental step in delivering the vision of the Worcestershire 5G Testbed to bring a productivity increase to the manufacturing sector and the UK economy,”
“We are proud of the collaboration between all consortium members in making this happen and will be working closely to deliver the expected results from the live 5G trials.”
Carl Arntzen, CEO of Worcester Bosch, one of the trial participants, said: “We are delighted to have switched 5G on in our factory and look forward to measuring the productivity gains that will follow. It’s important to our business to have the real time element 5G brings so that we can react in real time in the factory environment to mitigate any losses in output and protect and grow our business bottom line.