Villa Park could enjoy 5G if a forward-thinking plan is rubber-stamped by the Government later this year. Aston Villa have teamed up with Aston University, Birmingham University and the University of Surrey’s 5G innovation centre.
The Government have committed an initial pot of £29m to create five test sites to put 5G in place – Villa’s consortium is eager to be one of them.
If the bid is accepted – creating a pot of £10m – the consortium would then be bound together legally before deploying the necessary technology to reach phase 2 of the project – which opens up the potential for £40m extra funding.
Luke Organ, the club’s Chief Commercial Officer, told the Villa web site:
If we win this bid, the overall objective, in line with Dr Tony Xia’s ‘Connected Cities’ strategy, is to displace the need for Wi-Fi and bring in 5G across Villa Park.
We then don’t have the infrastructure issues than an older facility like Villa Park gives us and we’d be at the forefront of technology once again – something we are very passionate about.
A bonus could see Aston Villa owning the 5G ‘standard’ – which would see royalty opportunities in the future.
The club awaits a decision from the Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport.