InterDigital joins 5TONIC lab in 5G drive

August 01, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
InterDigital, Inc., has announced that the company has joined 5TONIC, the first 5G laboratory in Spain. Founded by experts from Telefonica and the research institute IMDEA Networks, 5TONIC exists as an open ecosystem for 5G research and innovation based in Madrid, with members including Intel, Ericsson Spain and CommScope.

5TONIC aims to create a global open environment where members from industry and academia work together in specific research and innovation projects related to 5G technologies with a view to boost technology development and drive innovative business ventures. The laboratory will promote joint project development and entrepreneurial ventures, discussion fora, events and conference sites in an international environment.

"InterDigital's well rounded expertise in the development of mobile technologies worldwide and its commitment to driving innovation in 5G research, make it an ideal member of 5TONIC," stated Arturo Azcorra, 5TONIC Vice-Chair.

5TONIC's mission is to help define 5G application scenarios and provide lab capabilities to outline suitable 5G infrastructure. The laboratory will operate at least until the first 5G products are commercially viable, which is expected to happen approximately in 2020. 5G networks, while still in an initial phase of development, are expected to deliver considerable improvements in latency and massive increases in data throughput and connected device volume, among others advances.


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