U.K. telecommunications group Vodafone carried out a 5G test at a train station in the city of Birmingham as part of its country-wide trial, the telco said in a statement.
The carrier said that Birmingham New Street became the first train station to test 5G technology in the U.K.. During the test, passengers at the station were able to test 5G speeds using a 5G router.
Vodafone said it is rolling out 5G to a number of key commuter locations across the U.K. during 2019.
Live testing is taking place at a number of sites across Birmingham. The sites are all connected to Vodafone’s optical fiber network, which is already providing customers in the city with 4G mobile, home broadband, internet of things technology and business services.
“I am delighted that Vodafone has brought 5G to Birmingham; and that New Street is the UK’s first 5G-enabled rail station,” said Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street. “I believe the West Midlands 5G project will enable our businesses, hospitals, public transport and universities to explore new services and stay ahead of their competition.”
Anne Sheehan, Director of Vodafone Business said: “We are delighted to bring 5G to the West Midlands, giving businesses, residents and visitors fast and reliable connectivity even in exceptionally busy locations such as train stations and airports. 5G will enable new applications and experiences and support the development of connected cities and smart transport solutions.
“It will help businesses to
implement emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, IoT and
robotics. We look forward to continuing to work with Andy Street and his team
to deliver the vision of a more prosperous and digitally connected region,”
The West Midlands Urban Connected
Communities 5G Project (UCC), initiated and jointly funded by the Department
for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), aims to create the UK’s first
region-wide 5G testbed.
Earlier this year, Vodafone announced it will launch 5G technology in 12 cities across the UK during this year.
Vodafone said it became the first U.K. company to
carry 5G traffic over a commercial mobile network in October 2018 from a
location in Salford, Greater Manchester. The carrier said that 5G sites
in Bristol, Cardiff and Liverpool have been switched on and are streaming live
5G mobile data traffic to and from the Internet, using the latest compatible
Meanwhile, the telco has installed 5G antennas and
associated equipment in Birmingham, Glasgow and London ahead of going live.
Vodafone said plans for this year include the launch
of 5G in Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth,
Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.
In addition to live field trials, Vodafone is
currently testing the performance of 5G smartphones, processors and routers in
its Newbury technology headquarters using the latest industry standards which
were approved in December 2018.
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