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Ericsson and Intel partner in 5G Innovators Initiative

Wed 22 Feb 2017

5G Innovators Initiative

Multinational telco Ericsson and chipmaking giant Intel have partnered to launch the 5G Innovators Initiative (5GI2). The alliance seeks to investigate, test and develop 5G networking and edge computing technologies alongside industry and academic partners.

5GI2, based in the U.S., will first focus on exploring Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications and bring together expertise from Honeywell, GE and the University of California Berkeley.

According to an Intel press release, initial projects will include the development of augmented and virtual reality applications for first responder drone surveillance of hazardous environments.

The open industry initiative will ultimately rollout to other industries as more participants come on board, expanding its research into autonomous driving, smart and connected cities, healthcare and media, among other segments.

The release also noted that the pilots will encourage accessibility and transparency of results in support of 5G industry standards and validation of emerging business models.

‘5G is not simply about making smart phones faster. It’s about the machines and things that will deliver an entirely new smart and connected future. Building our 5G future requires a new approach to industry collaboration and development,’ said Asha Keddy, Intel’s vice president and general manager of Next Generation Standards.

Ulf Ewaldsson, chief strategy and technology officer at Ericsson added that the new programme will operate in line with previously established 5G projects. ‘This collaboration brings together necessary competence from technology providers, industry partners and academia to find sustainable solutions to digitise and transform other industries,’ he said.

Earlier this month, Ericsson separately announced that it had demonstrated the first end-to-end 5G network. The test took place in Sweden in December 2016 and was a joint project with SK Telecom Korea. Ericsson reported that it achieved round-trip latencies of approximately 4ms.

In January, Ericsson further established a partnership with AT&T and Qualcomm specifically focused on driving progress towards 5G interoperability using the new 5G New Radio (NR) standard.

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