West Midlands first out of the blocks for superfast 5G

Boulton, Watt and Murdoch made Birmingham and the Black Country the centre of a technological revolution, powered by steam engines which led to the Industrial Revolution…..this area was truly the ‘silicon valley’ of its day…..today Birmingham is still at the forefront of technological change with the area announced as the test bed of 5G or fifth generation mobile networks, leading to more technological innovation….

Leader of Birmingham

From the Industrial Revolution onwards, Birmingham and the West Midlands have been at the very forefront of technological advances.

Back in the 18th Century, the likes of Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch made this the Workshop of The World – a city renowned for endeavour and invention.

Fast-forward 250 years or so and we continue to be a centre for progress in areas such as advanced manufacturing, life sciences and digital innovation. This city and the wider West Midlands is home to one of the largest tech clusters in the UK with more than 40,000 people working in web development, data, e-commerce, animation and other digital industries.

So, as the West Midlands Combined Authority lead for Economic Growth, I’m excited that we have today approved plans to put the West Midlands at the very heart of the next big tech revolution – 5G.

Short for Fifth Generation Mobile…

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