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Full Fibre & 5G in the West Midlands

Insights & Opportunities for Gigabit Infrastructure

Birmingham Bullring

All over the country local and regional authorities are gearing up to bid into new funding programmes to support digital infrastructure investment. This seminar is your opportunity to gain insights into national and regional plans and to learn about the opportunities offered by new gigabit networks.

In this seminar you will learn about:

Regional Ambitions in Birmingham and the West Midlands

  • Emerging plans for local full fibre and 5G network trials
  • Serving communities and small businesses
  • Industrial testbeds
  • Smart city applications

New Government Digital Infrastructure Programmes

Funding plans and schedules for:

  • Local Full Fibre Networks
  • 5G Trials
  • Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund 
  • BDUK projects connecting rural communities

Private Sector Project Plans

  • Regional and local fibre and wireless networks serving small businesses, cities and rural areas
  • Ambitions of sectors and businesses eager for new affordable high speed connections.


Draft Programme

13:30-14:00 Registration
14:00-14:10 Seminar Introduction - James Saunby, INCA
14:10-14:30 Government Support for Local Full Fibre & 5G Projects - Chris Ward-Brown, DDCMS
14:30-15:15 Regional Ambitions in the West Midlands
  • Digital Infrastructure Plans in the West Midlands - Raj Mack, Digital Birmingham
  • Coventry & Warwickshire LFFN Pilot - Richard Middleton, Coventry City Council
  • Creating Collaborative Projects - Iain Bennett, The Fifth Sector
15:15-15:45 Networking & Refreshments
15:45-16:45 Private Sector Projects & Plans
  • Connecting Local Estates - Tim Huxtable, Hyperoptic
  • Connecting SMEs - Ben King, Warwicknet
  • Gigabit Wireless - (TBA), M24Seven
  • Building the Passive Fibre Infrastructure - Mark Collins, CityFibre
  • Networking the City - Vassilis Seferidis, Zeetta Networks (operators of Bristol is Open)
16:45-17:00 Final wrap up - James Saunby, INCA & Raj Mack, Digital Birmingham

This seminar is free of charge. Places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Useful information about the venue, local parking, transport links, etc is available here.


This event is being run in partnership with

Digital Birmingham

Event Sponsors​

Hellermann Tyton  Zeetta Networks

PPC Broadband Fiber Ltd.   WarwickNet



Many thanks to our sponsors for enabling events like this to happen.
Without their support it simply wouldn't work.


Please note that this seminar programme is subject to revision.

Photo of Birmingham Bullring by mattbuck [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

September 25th, 2017 1:30 PM  to  5:00 PM

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Fazeley Studios
191 Fazeley Street
B5 5SE
United Kingdom

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