Barcelona gears up to become the European 5G lab

Barcelona gears up to become the European 5G lab

DIGITALITZACIÓ. The 5GBarcelona initiative will create an experimental environment in the city as a metropolitan lab for 5G technology.

The 5GBarcelona initiative will create an experimental environment in the city as a metropolitan lab for 5G technology.

An agreement is being presented today by the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, the Fundació i2CAT, the Catalan Telecommunications Technology Centre (CTTC), Atos and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) to back the 5GBarcelona initiative, which should turn the city and Catalonia into European digital innovation hubs for 5G technology.

5G technology will allow for technological change and creation in smart environments and advanced industries serving the public and emerging economic sectors. The idea is also to facilitate access to the Internet of Things (IoT), paving the way for a new generation of ground-breaking services such as driverless and connected vehicles, services based on drones, the 4.0 industry and access to remote e-health services, all improving user experience. The rollout of 5G will bring about a technological transformation in services and infrastructures, reduce the digital divide and generate opportunities for new generations.

This initiative will see the European 5G digital hub become operational, an open experimental metropolitan area which will act as an urban, public and technological lab for validating 5G technology and services. This open and innovative environment will be based around public and private collaboration, generating alliances with the ecosystem generated by the Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the rest of the technology fairs held in Barcelona.

As part of the next stages of the 5G-PPP programme, the European Commission will be choosing a small selection of projects this year which are aimed at creating 5G trial and validation environments, and 5GBarcelona wants to be one of them. Barcelona is already acting as a public test bed for the new 5G paradigm via the 5GCity project. Barcelona City Council, i2CAT, Betevé, CellNex and others are all participating in this initiative to develop a pilot scheme centred on the rollout of a neutral 5g network.