November 27, 2019

UK5G and 5G-ACIA unite to ensure the success of 5G in UK industry

On November 27, 2019, UK5G announced an agreement with the 5G-ACIA that will accelerate the development and deployment of 5G in the UK’s manufacturing sector. By building ties to an international network responsible for managing industries’ 5G requirements, UK5G is providing a clear path for UK manufacturers to learn from the experience of their peers globally and input into the deployment of this revolutionary communications technology.

Mark Stansfeld, UK5G advisory board member, co-chair of the UK5G Manufacturing Working Group, chairman of Worcestershire5G and Chair of the Midlands Engine Digital Board:
“I’m delighted that UK5G and international organisation 5G-ACIA have come together to share knowledge and develop the worldwide ecosystem in support of manufacturing and automated industries.  This is another great step for the UK towards rolling out the economic and business benefits that 5G enables and that we have already proven in Worcestershire.

5G’s promise of transformation is highest in industrial automation. Its lower latency, ultra-reliability, ability to handle more connected devices within a geographic area and higher bandwidth can accelerate productivity.  Specific areas being explored include factory and process automation, human machine interaction, logistics and warehouse management and asset monitoring and maintenance. However, for 5G to fully unleash its potential, unprecedented collaboration is required between the ICT and Operational Technologies sector.

Robert Driver, Head of UK5G:
“The UK Government funded Worcestershire 5G project, based on the Worcester Bosch and Yamazaki Mazak factory floors, has proven the value of 5G to industry. By leveraging 5G to improve the way in which assets are monitored and serviced, the team has demonstrated a 1-2% increase in overall productivity – a figure which promises to make a real, tangible difference to national productivity and output levels. The lessons learned in this testbed have been invaluable for other UK manufacturers looking to adopt 5G and this new relationship between UK5G and 5G-ACIA will help accelerate the distribution of information that will enable more UK factories to adopt the latest technology standards sooner.”

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two parties outlines the intent to facilitate collaboration. It agrees on the need for complementary approaches to the involvement of industry in the development of 5G, and for the avoidance of duplication of work. Official representatives of each organisation will be invited to selected meetings and events of the other in order to aid knowledge transfer between the two communities, and publications will be shared between both networks.  The first outcome of this partnership will be the hosting of the 5G-ACIA plenary in the Midlands, UK from 20-21 January 2020, along with a subsequent one-day 5G-ACIA workshop on 22 January for interested parties. The workshop will explore how ongoing 5G developments are transferred to the industrial domain both globally and in the UK, and provide viable industrial use case examples for the UK manufacturing sector. West Midlands 5G, the UK’s first large-scale, multi-city testbed, is hosting the workshop. To find out more about these activities visit

Dr. Andreas Mueller, Chair of 5G-ACIA, Head of Communication and Network Technology, Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering, Robert Bosch GmbH:
“We are happy to see the high level of engagement and commitment of the UK regarding 5G. UK5G is a perfect partner for 5G-ACIA to ensure that 5G in the industrial domain becomes a major success – within the UK and around the globe. This is one of the reasons why we decided to organise a major 5G-ACIA plenary meeting in conjunction with a public workshop in the UK. By doing so, we want to actively reach out to British companies and invite them to join us in unlocking the huge potential that 5G may bring to the manufacturing industry.”

Sylvia Lu, UK5G advisory board member, vice-chair of the UK5G International Working Group, Board Director of CW (Cambridge Wireless), Senior 5G Technical Lead of u-blox Cambridge Ltd:
“This MoU is a symbol of UK5G’s strong commitment to international collaboration – connecting with the world leading industrial organisations to create global 5G ecosystems, enable UK businesses to roll out 5G innovations through global standards to create economies of scale. I am delighted to have signed the MoU with 5G-ACIA on behalf of UK5G and I am keen to see the relationship between UK5G and 5G-ACIA develop further. We warmly welcome 5G-ACIA to hold its first plenary meeting and workshop in Jan 2020 in the Midland, UK.”

Robert Franks, Managing Director of West Midlands 5G:
“The West Midlands has an immense pedigree in manufacturing and we are thrilled to be collaborating with 5G-ACIA experts from around the globe to help drive further industrial growth through 5G.  As the largest 5G testbed in the UK our ambition is to increase productivity across the diverse footprint of our region’s manufacturers.  The co-sponsored workshop will provide insights and demonstrations from around the world, answering key questions, forming closer networks and inspiring adoption through the testbed trials.”
The UK Government has allocated £200M to the 5G Testbeds & Trials programme, within which over ten projects are so far being funded, including UK5G, six sector specific testbeds and a trial run jointly with the South Korean Government that will explore the role of 5G in subway environments. These trials are amassing a wealth of knowledge and experience among participating businesses, ensuring that the UK is offering world-class technology on the global market.  To support these testbeds, UK5G has established a Working Group that is developing the UK’s international 5G proposition.

About UK5G
UK5G is the national network dedicated to the research, collaboration and commercial application of 5G in the UK. We enhance links between R&D across all sectors, including those funded through the Government’s 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme. Register for free to keep abreast of 5G news, events and research at

About the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA)
The 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) is the central global forum for shaping industrial 5G standards. 5G-ACIA members jointly prepare for the disruptive change 5G will bring, promote a better understanding of industrial needs, and gain insights into a highly attractive emerging market. 5G-ACIA provides a unique platform for OT and ICT companies, academia, and all relevant stakeholders to influence 5G development and deployment in line with industrial imperatives. They make the results of their work directly available to 3GPP, the main standardization body for developing 5G. 5G-ACIA is a market representation partner of 3GPP and has the formal status of a working party of the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association, ZVEI e.V.

Accompanying picture
The MoU was signed at the 5G-ACIA 10th plenary in Paris by: Sylvia Lu, UK5G Advisory Board Member, Vice Chair of the UK5G International working group, Board Director of CW (Cambridge Wireless); Gunther Koschnick, Managing Director Automation at ZVEI. In the presence of: Dr. Andreas Mueller, Chair of 5G-ACIA, Head of Communication and Network Technology, Robert Bosch GmbH; Fiona Piercy, CEO of Worcestershire 5G & Director for Local Industrial Strategy.