5G To Be Centrepiece Of West Midlands MIPIM Strategy
The document, which has already been approved by the Combined Authority's investment board, puts 5G at the centre of a strategy which includes emphasis on links to universities, efforts to tackle air quality, and the region's place in the government's industrial strategy.
In September 2018 Birmingham, along with Wolverhampton and Coventry, were selected to benefit from a £50M fund to develop 5G mobile facilities. The technology, still in its infancy, takes mobile data transfer to a new level, equivalent to the difference between broadband and dial-up internet. Download speeds will be more than 100 times faster.
The first fruits of 5G in the West Midlands will come in the form of multiple superfast connections to buses, hospitals and the emergency services, meaning faster responses and real-time data.
“5G arriving in Birmingham will provide a big boost to connectivity and WiredScore ratings for offices are also becoming more prevalent as landlords understand the importance of making sure the building’s digital infrastructure is the best it can be to attract quality occupiers," JLL Tenant Representation Director Kelvin Craddock told Bisnow.