French engineering consultancy Altran has launched a 5G Lab and 5G Lab-as-a-Service (LaaS) for telecoms companies, enterprises, equipment makers and startups. It is also planning a 5G industrial lab.
The lab in Fundão, Portugal, will help developers validate different solutions coming from the telecom ecosystem and different network hardware and software.
The Altran 5G lab will provide prototyping, design, development and a testing and validation environment for new network virtualization and 5G deployments. The lab also offers demonstration platform capabilities that simulates scenarios and showcases solutions for proofs of concepts and pilots, along with a 5G Industry Applications Incubator.
Altran is part of the $17bn Capgemini group, which says further 5G labs supporting industrial use cases will be announced shortly.
The physical and virtual resources at the 5G lab in Portugal can be accessed and managed from any location in the world 24/7 via a secure web-based portal. It features datacentre infrastructure, hardware, network components, software frameworks, platforms and a tools ecosystem, enabling clients to create environments that are flexible, scalable, secure and globally accessible.
“Altran’s new 5G Lab-as-a-Service offer continues to build upon the Capgemini Group’s global strategy to accelerate and innovate the 5G ecosystem. The lab is the next logical step for us to extend our leadership on 5G and next-generation technologies,” said Dietmar Wendt, President of the Communications business, Altran.
“With the increasing volume of data and its widespread use by all sectors, this new 5G Lab will be central to supporting clients with their intelligent industry strategies within the context of a 5G ecosystem," he said.