UK’s first 5G industrial trial launched in bid to create ‘smart factories’

The UK’s first live 5G industrial trial will take place in Worcester today in “a landmark step” towards the creation of smart factories in Britain.

The test will use the improved network technology of 5G to run sensors in Worcester Bosch’s factory, which produces heating and hot water products.

The government-backed Worcestershire 5G Consortium will monitor factors including speed and the latency to see how the next generation mobile internet technology streamlines operations.

Members of the consortium include BT, O2 and Huawei.  Several countries – including some UK officials – have previously expressed concerns over Huawei’s involvement at the centre of 5G infrastructure because of claims the…