5G success to boost C&W's economy and productivity

Tuesday 4th of September 2018 07:23 AM

The successful West Midlands bid for 5G to serve Coventry and Warwickshire will help boost the region’s place at the heart of cutting-edge industries.

The Government has given the green light to the West Midlands Combined Authority’s bid to make the region one of the leading areas for the development of 5G which will boost productivity and help the area’s cutting-edge industries.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) has pledged £1 million to help the project succeed.

Jonathan Browning, chair of the CWLEP, said: “This is a significant announcement for our region as the installation of 5G will play a vital role in supporting innovation, growth and productivity in Coventry and Warwickshire’s economy as well as improving the delivery and access to important public services.

“This will support our ambitions for world class innovation and research and design particularly in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, and the proposed use of technology in public realm improvements.

“The Local Growth Fund will be making a £1 million investment which underlines our commitment to helping this exciting project to become a reality.

“The West Midlands will become the heart of the global 5G industry which will build on the fantastic work already taking place in the area.

We are the base of globally competitive industries that need 5G the most such as automotive and advanced manufacturing, construction, life sciences, aerospace and financial services.”

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration and a CWLEP board director, said: “Coventry is an ambitious city which is why we have played a significant role in the West Midlands bid to bring 5G to the region.

“5G is very different to the 3G or 4G people are used to as it is faster than broadband – up to 10 times faster than the speed many people currently have in their homes.

“It also has a huge capacity and is reliable and secure meaning great news for mobile users but it also means it can be used for critical communications like medical devices, guiding vehicles and connecting machines.

“Coventry is home to a number of globally competitive industries and universities developing driverless cars and 5G is integral to that. There is no doubt this will help stimulate continued economic growth.

“We are also the UK City of Culture in 2021 and being a 5G city at that time will help us showcase the city not just nationally but internationally as well, meaning more people and businesses are able to take part and benefit.”