5G Trials in Manufacturing Continue Apace in the West Midlands, England

by Michael Larner | 1Q 2021 | IN-6054
AE Aerospace manufactures precision components for customers in the aerospace, marine, and defense sectors. Customers include Rolls Royce, Raytheon, and Airbus at its 16,500-square-foot factory in Birmingham. AE Aerospace is collaborating with the West Midlands 5G (WM5G)—created by the West Midlands Combined Authority; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; and the Worcestershire 5G (W5G) consortium. This involves trialing a private 5G network from mobile network operator BT in WM5G’s manufacturing test-bed. The purpose of the trial is to test how a 5G network can support the aerospace firm’s location tracking, quality assurance, and servitization activities.

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