Latest 5G Experience and Innovation
Last year I used to be asked by Huawei colleagues to assist steer an exciting new project: opening the 5G Experience & Innovation Centre in London. it had been exciting to ascertain that the chosen location was within a neighborhood I used to be very conversant in my previous life as a business angel investor and entrepreneur: the world in East London around Old Street and Shoreditch. Known locally because the Silicon Roundabout, it references the innovation and start-up hub within the US, where I visited many Tech City events as far back as 2007.
Silicon Roundabout did actually end up to be a hub of its own, combining British secret sauce of fintech and start-up accelerators for emerging technologies. Most of the large ICT companies had opened their own innovation spaces and there isn’t an evening without conferences, hackathons, or networking events to settle on from. I used to be very engaged altogether that I when in 2016 once I found out the Realities Centre, an AR/VR ecosystem integrator. We ran over 18 events including very exciting and tiring weekend-long hackathons and conferences, that specialize in industries that might benefit the foremost from the utilization of AR & VR, like health, land, and education.
It was therefore exciting to be back within the area and support the setup of our 5G Experience & Innovation Centre. Usually, Huawei experience centers are inbuilt Huawei offices, which is ok because visitors can study Huawei when visiting. But the 5GEIC features a very different ambition: It wants to bring 5G innovations in an open format. it had been designed to travel beyond the 5G hype and really show how the technologies can add value to our lives, both personally and at work. Therefore by being on the brink of innovators, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs from other big ICT companies, it’s there to inspire also as, through its future lab and potential to bring new commercial use cases in partnership with other companies from specific industries.
The center features a live 5G network that fuels all the exciting demos and devices, showing what is often achieved from a consumer perspective. It then moves on to industry cases – one among my favorite ones is about how 5G chipsets are helping the video broadcasting industry to be truly mobile and still deliver 4K quality by integrating the 5G modem, encoder, and battery within one module. I had the pleasure of fixing a live demo and testing that with one among the most important UK broadcasters – a really exciting experience. One thing worth noting about this 5G network is that it’s indoors, using small campsite antennas, which shows that prime performance 5G are often delivered anywhere
It’s getting to be an exciting next few years and there’s little question that the 5GEIC will evolve, from showing the newest successful 5G commercial use cases that have scaled to launching our innovation lab to bringing more partners’ 5G solutions, which are adding real value to their industry. The 5GIEC was launched last December and has since seen thousands of tourists, from operators and industry analysts to visitors from different industry programs. Stay tuned for more information coming within the next few months about the 5G Innovation Partner Program, which was announced at the 2020 Products & Solutions Launch event recently.