Vodafone brings 5G to Birmingham’s New Street Station

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Nicola Byrne

The telecom giant has switched on 5G at the city’s New Street concourse making it the first UK 5G connected train station.

Just a few months after bringing the tech to Manchester Airport, and as a next step in Vodafone expanding 5G trials across the country, the firm invited commuters at the launch to demonstrate the 5G speeds at the station using a 5G router.

Mobile handsets that are capable of using 5G are not yet available to consumers, therefore commuters testing the speeds used a Wi-Fi network to do so. Phones are expected to be rolled out towards the second half of the year, with Samsung’s 5G version of its S10 model due to be released in May.

Andy Street, mayor of the West Midlands, tested the 5G speeds first and said it will be “a real kick-start for our digital economy”, and beckoned businesses “come and set up where that cluster of 5G innovation is most intense”.

5G has the potential to help deliver smart transport solutions like connected cars, and act as a catalyst for emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, which have the potential to transform the property industry.

Vodafone will be switching on the new network in 19 towns and cities across the UK by the end of the year.

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