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Three new companies join the UK’s Industrial 5G Accelerator programme

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Siemens, Tharsus and Seagate have signed up to join the UK’s Industrial 5G Accelerator programme, where they will collaborate on the development of industrial 5G use cases.

The Industrial 5G Accelerator programme is a partnership between Ericsson and Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre. And the addition of Seagate, Siemens and Tharsus, will help the programme unlock business efficiencies through the use of advanced wireless technologies, whilst showcasing the potential of 5G in a critical business sector.

"Technology has a vital role to play as the world recovers from COVID-19 and 5G presents a great opportunity for the UK to boost British businesses."

Iain Thornhill, Ericsson.

“Technology has a vital role to play as the world recovers from COVID-19 and 5G presents a great opportunity for the UK to boost British businesses, transform its enterprise sector and build a world leading digital economy,” said Iain Thornhill, vice President of service providers and IoT at Ericsson UK & Ireland. “Through our dedicated network portfolio, we are providing business critical industries with highly reliable, scalable and easy to deploy connectivity solutions, helping to accelerate 5G adoption across the country and position the UK as a leading 5G nation.”

The Industrial 5G Accelerator

5G-powered technologies such as robotics, augmented reality (AR), condition-based monitoring, asset tracking and predictive maintenance will be used throughout the individual use cases.

“We want to ensure that the best aspects of technology adoption continue post-pandemic and drive new value into our economy,” explained Jeremy Silver, CEO at Digital Catapult. “Collaboration remains fundamental to successfully achieving this, and with the addition of these three leading industrial businesses, the Industrial 5G Accelerator is in prime position to capitalise on the best of UK manufacturing skills and innovation. The road to embedding 5G fully into an industrial environment might be a long one, but this project is a big leap forward in terms of demonstrating the transformative capability of 5G for UK industry.”

According to a recent report from ABI Research, the smart manufacturing market is set to grow to US$1 trillion, with 4.3bn wireless connections predicted by 2030. 

“Industrial 5G enables the flexible factory of tomorrow,” said Ian Poulett, business manager for industrial communications at Siemens Digital Industries. “With its high data rates, reliable and powerful broadband transmission, and ultra-short latencies it will enable a significant boost in efficiency and flexibility in industrial value creation. 

"With OFCOM creating opportunities with its shared spectrum initiative for local use this enables a wide range of sectors to use wireless connectivity to benefit their business and customers."

Ian Poulett, Siemens.

"With OFCOM creating opportunities with its shared spectrum initiative for local use this enables a wide range of sectors to use wireless connectivity to benefit their business and customers. Only with local private networks will the maximum benefit be achieved. That’s why Siemens is embracing this new communication standard right from the start and is supporting its standardisation and industrial implementation by developing a corresponding portfolio.”

Digital Catapult provides physical and digital facilities for experimentation and testing that would otherwise not be accessible for smaller companies. For more information you can visit www.digicatapult.org.uk.


Dan is a British journalist with 20 years of experience in the design and tech sectors, producing content for the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Dell and The Sunday Times. In 2012 he helped launch the world's number one design blog, Creative Bloq. Dan is now editor-in-chief at 5Gradar, where he oversees news, insight and reviews, providing an invaluable resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the key issues facing 5G.