A 5G Network Improves Productivity at Worcester Bosch but More Work Required to Encourage others to Follow

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By Michael Larner | 1Q 2020 | IN-5726


The 5G Test Bed at Worcester Bosch


Worcester Bosch produces more than 1,000 boilers each day. The company is a test bed for Industry 4.0 technologies, and 12 months ago the factory became the first in the United Kingdom to deploy a 5G wireless network. The company utilizes over 400 machines and employs 1,200 people.

The significance of the facility’s 5G network is not only that it’s a U.K. first, but also that the network has been deployed by the Worcestershire 5G Consortium. The consortium’s members include the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey, AWTG, Huawei, O2, BT, the University of Worcestershire, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Worcestershire County Council.

Many of the above organizations were present at the recent meeting of the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA), which held its January conference in Coventry, England. The event was a good opportunity to hear the perspectives of government bodies such as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS); the telecom regu…

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