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Digital Catapult’s 5G projects & programmes

Welcome to Digital Catapult at the UK5G Showcase event in Birmingham. 

On this page you will find quick links to all of the Digital Catapult programmes that are on display here at the UK5G Showcase event

Follow the links for further information about Digital Catapult’s work in 5G, or speak to a member of the team on the stand.

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Verizon 5G retail accelerator


Verizon Business has joined forces with Digital Catapult and leading industry partners on the Verizon 5G retail accelerator programme, designed to develop the next generation of immersive retail experiences.

The first of its kind, the initiative explores how 5G-enabled solutions can solve real-world challenges for some of the world’s leading brands – Burberry, Diageo and L’Oréal UK & Ireland – all of which see 5G adoption as a strategic opportunity.

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Digital Catapult is part of the 5PRING consortium, the UK’s first 5G commercial application accelerator. Its aim is to help organisations of all sizes harness the power of 5G to deliver growth and innovation throughout the West Midlands and beyond. The consortium runs accelerator activities in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry for West Midlands 5G (WM5G).

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Industrial 5G Testbeds & Trials


Digital Catapult is coordinating the Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials programme on behalf of the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The programme sets out to demonstrate the value of 5G beyond enhanced mobile broadband by targeting industry focused use cases in manufacturing and logistics to:

  • Explore the potential for efficiency and productivity benefits
  • Help make the UK a global leader in the adoption and application of 5G technology
  • Help the UK lead the development of the implementation and standards around 5G
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Smart Nano Northern Ireland

Creating a corridor of expertise between Derry-Londonderry and Belfast – unlocking new opportunities for economic growth in Northern Ireland.

Digital Catapult is building new 5G testbed facilities and will run an accelerator programme for NI startups.

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Industrial 5G Accelerator

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How can 5G truly bring value to an industrial business? That’s what Digital Catapult and Ericsson aimed to answer in the creation of the Industrial 5G Accelerator programme.

The programme delivered a series of real-life early stage test cases to prove 5G’s potential, and make the case for rapid adoption, creating tangible demonstrators of 5G’s unrivalled capability to address important industry use cases, and help companies to understand how 5G can transform products and services.

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The SmartRAN Open Network Interoperability Centre (SONIC Labs) – announced as part of DCMS’ 5G Diversification Strategy – is a joint programme between Digital Catapult and Ofcom to foster emergence of new solutions in the telecom supply chain in the UK, focusing on multi-vendor open, disaggregated and software-centric network products, solutions and services, starting with Open RAN.

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5G VICTORI is a pan-European programme across eight countries, focused on conducting large scale trials for advanced use case verification in commercially relevant 5G environments, across the manufacturing, transportation, energy and media sectors.

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5G Factory of the Future

Digital Catapult is leading the integration capability for manufacturing and industrial domains, as part of the Factory of the Future project – led by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Efficiency, productivity, and sustainability are everything in manufacturing. From advanced product and machine tracking, to autonomous warehouse transportation and remote assistance for operators, technology can help the industry drive down production costs – while driving up market productivity levels and competitiveness.

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The 5G VISTA project (Video in Stadia Technical Architecture) will test and deliver enhanced interactive viewing experiences for consumers direct to their mobile devices at events in stadia and other select locations, using 5G broadcast technology.
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National Grid 5G “Art of the possible”

National Grid has partnered with Digital Catapult to deliver the UK’s first feasibility report to assess the opportunity for adoption of 5G within the Electricity & Gas Transmission networks.

The project – ‘5G Art of the Possible’ – will be the first 5G techno-economic feasibility study on UK energy networks, setting the foundations for potential follow-up trials and rollout of applications into operations that can support the UK’s net zero ambitions.

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National Grid and Digital Catapult partner to explore 5G benefits to deliver net zero



HS2 is linking with Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, to identify and secure the potential offered by emerging technologies such as 5G and machine learning.

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5G Festival

5G Festival is the world’s first 5G powered hybrid immersive festival including live and remotely collaborating artists and audiences.

Using 5G and its ability to transmit with low latency (delay) and in ultra-high bandwidth, the 5G Festival will transform the ability of physically separate artists to perform in an immersive live, collaborative environment from different locations. The 5G Festival showcase in March 2022 was broadcast live directly to audiences at leading UK venues, and will include immersive in-venue experiences.

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Our projects


5SPRING: Supporting 5G innovation for business in the West Midlands, with the creation of three new 5G accelerators. Digital Catapult…

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5G VISTA creates a unique experience for fans watching their favourite teams, helping to boost the appeal of sport across…

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Factory of the Future

Digital Catapult will be leading the integration capability for manufacturing and industrial domains, as part of the Factory of the…

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Establishing future-proof infrastructures that support 5G industrial use cases across dynamic and diverse environments. Supporting the delivery of high quality…

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