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West Midlands 5G

In September 2018, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) successfully won the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) competition to accelerate the roll out of 5G and be the lead partner of the DCMS 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme Urban Connected Communities (UCC) Project. The project will run from 2018 to March 2022.

WM5G’s purpose is to demonstrate the value of 5G technology across a number of market verticals in an urban environment. WM5G are utilising fifth generation mobile technology to make a real and positive difference to the people and businesses of the West Midlands by increasing productivity, accelerating digital adoption and improving public services.

WM5G operates a number testbeds and accelerative initiatives to deliver a wide range of use cases and ideas to support our vision for the West Midlands. The current testbeds include Citizen Wellbeing (health & social care), Mobility and Industry 4.0; and will allow participants to drive innovation and instigate sector reform.

WM5G acts as a convener, encouraging market participation and driving investment into 5G technologies. This can only be achieved by aligning the interests of the technology players (data platforms, security etc.), market players (SMEs, global businesses, systems integrators etc.) and users (the public/citizens).

Ultimately, WM5G is accelerating the adoption of 5G technology to bring opportunities and improvements to the West Midlands and across the UK. The aim is to show the way - by creating a digital hub, services for citizens and businesses and creating prosperity and growth for the region.

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West Midlands 5G Key Contacts
  • Lesley Holt
    West Midlands 5G
  • Gayle Cogswell
    Industry 4.0 Lead
    West Midlands 5G

    Gayle is Programme Director at West Midlands 5G (WM5G) responsible for the Industry 4.0 5G testbeds.  In collaboration with leaders from manufacturing and  construction she will drive adoption of 5G applications that make a measurable difference to the industries’ productivity. Gayle has over 20 years experience in the telco industry spanning 4G, wifi, Big Data and 5G usage in Europe, Latam and East Asia.  

  • Dave Kinshott
    Project Manager Infrastructure Acceleration
    West Midlands 5G

    Dave is an energetic and driven professional with 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector. He has held senior positions including Operations Director of a start-up company and Solution Consultant for a large multinational. He has a passion for delivering change and looking for new solutions to old problems.

    His current engagement is within the Infrastructure Acceleration team at the Urban Connected Communities 5G testbed (West Midland 5G) where he manages the Shared and Neutral host strategy for public assets. The aim of the region-wide programme is to accelerate and test, prove and scale 5G to deliver 5G innovation and a legacy within the region but also so that the key findings and lessons learnt can be implemented throughout the UK.

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