The University of Warwick and Warwick County Council have partnered with telecoms company BT on a 5G innovation project, dedicated to the university campus and the region at large. It is thought that the initiative will also support Warwickshire’s economic recovery in the fallout from COVID-19.
The ‘innovation alliance’ has given BT the power to implement the nation’s first dedicated public 5G network, ensuring ultrafast 5G coverage for the university’s entire 720-acre site, as well as for people in surrounding areas through its EE mobile network. Its installation represents the first phase of the project, which is the accelerate the co-creation of 5G-led capabilities across UK industries.
The move confirms the university’s status as an early adopter of 5G and a testbed for research, industry and 5G consumer development. As a Russell Group institution with a 30,000-strong learning community, the new and improved network will further elevate Warwick’s reputation for research and student experience, promising faster speeds, reliability and response times for all on-campus and in surrounding areas.
On top of this, BT is set to extend 5G coverage to the university’s Creative and Digital Communities incubator to steer development in creative and digital sectors. Nearby Leamington Spa’s ‘Silicon Spa’ games industry cluster will also benefit from investment in esports and gaming.
Fotis Karonis, CTIO of BT’s Enterprise unit, commented: “[The] University of Warwick is renowned for its world-leading research and innovation, so its status as the first public 5G connected university campus in the country is very fitting. With the 5G network now live across the entire campus, we’re gearing up to accelerate the co-creation of innovative 5G use cases in partnership with [the] University of Warwick. This will not only benefit its faculty, student experience and academic R&D, but will also shape 5G learning and co-creation for key business industries across the UK.”
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Together BT, the University of Warwick and Warwickshire County Council are launching a series of streamed events to help businesses develop fresh thinking and new possibilities from 5G. These will be held in late November and focus on 5G possibilities in Health and Wellbeing, Creative and Digital, and Industry 4.0. For further details on the events and content, please see here.