New 5G Testbed as a Service business for manufacturers


The team behind the deployment of the first 5G network in a UK factory has  launched a new company providing Testbed as a Service (TaaS) opportunities to manufacturers, accelerating its vision of smart manufacturing and digital innovation across Industry 4.0.

nexGworx has evolved from the Worcestershire 5G Testbed (W5G) and will operate as a subsidiary of Malvern Hills Science Park, with BT committing its expertise as strategic technology partner across 5G Private Networks, Internet of things, data analytics, cyber security and mobile edge computing.

Supported by its technology partners, it will run and manage the live 5G Private Network at Malvern Hills Science Park, as well as supporting multiple on site customer networks. 

Building on past successes with local engineering companies Worcester Bosch and Yamakazi Mazak, as well as the county’s technology accelerator BetaDen, nexGworx  has developed a unique  combination of technologies that will make intelligent, dynamic and fully-automated manufacturing processes a reality, keeping Worcestershire at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution by enabling Smart Connected Manufacturing.  

Alan White, nexGworx Chairman and CEO of Malvern Hills Science Park, said: “I’m delighted to announce the launch of nexGworx, the expertise and on site 5G testbed as a service has already benefitted some of our existing Science Park tenants. As the Science Park continues to grow, having nexGworx on site has the ability to attract new companies to the area and support local start-ups and SMEs to grow.”

Mark Stansfeld, Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It’s fantastic to see the vision we set out for 5G in 2017 and the hard work undertaken by many partners within the Worcestershire 5G project being realised and sustained to leave a lasting legacy in Worcestershire. I hope that other Worcestershire companies and those from across the UK engage with nexGworx to understand the productivity gains that can be found from new technologies such as 5G and are able to grow as a result.”

Sarah Walker, BT Director for Corporate and Public Sector in the Midlands, said: “As we’ve witnessed this past year, connectivity plays an integral role to foster business growth and innovation across the UK. Our role as a strategic technology partner brings our expertise in 5G led converged technologies; together with our ecosystem of partners to deliver better business outcomes - including the manufacturing sector; health & social care and other sectors spanning our communities. We’re thrilled to continue our successful partnership with W5G and now nexGworx to deliver the next phase of the 5G journey."

nexGworx’s services will range from bring your own device services and professional reviews of manufacturing facilities to fully-supported trials and building testbeds on site and manufacturers’ premiss to empower manufacturers to export how 5G private networks can be used to transform their operations. 

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