• Vodafone UK was said to have participated in 5G trials led by West Midlands 5G (WM5G), a new organisation set up by the UK government and West Midlands Combined Authority to run a regional 5G testbed.

Vodafone UK runs AR-enabled Apple giveaway competition across London

Vodafone UK runs AR-enabled Apple giveaway competition across London

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BT Group‑owned mobile subsidiary EE was also said to have been involved. WM5G held a series of demonstrations in partnership with Ericsson and Birmingham City University during mid‑September 2019, as part of a wider 5G Application Accelerator project within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s 5G Test Beds and Trials Programme.

The demonstrations included: a 360° visualisation of proposed developments within an existing cityscape; cloud-enabled robots for factories; and a 5G‑enabled homecare assistance system