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Former Nokia President to lead West Mids 5G Scheme

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  • Published by Emma Scott-Williams on 12 Jun 2019
  • Last modified 12 Jun 2019
The former president of Nokia Global Services has been appointed to chair a new organisation to deliver the UK's first region-wide 5G testbed in the West Midlands.

Igor Leprince, a telecoms market executive with more than 25 years’ experience, will lead WM5G Ltd. 

Igor Leprince

Leprince will report to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), while overseeing the WM5G programme to accelerate the deployment of 5G and fibre networks and trial, prove and scale new 5G services, paving the way for the future roll-out of 5G across the UK.

He said: "I have a real belief that 5G can and will bring significant positive change and opportunities to businesses and society, not just in the West Midlands region but throughout the UK.

I am very excited to be chairing WM5G and look forward to helping drive the 5G agenda.

Deborah Cadman, chief executive at WMCA, added: "We are delighted to welcome Igor as chair of the WM5G board.

"With 25 years’ experience in the telecoms industry and exposure to the development of 5G technology, we are confident he will be an invaluable asset to the team and instrumental in making WM5G a UK-wide success."

Source: Insider Media