5G Open Innovation Lab adds e& and 14 start-ups to ecosystem

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The 5G Open Innovation Lab has added multinational telecoms company e& to its ecosystem of innovators along with 14 other start-up firms.

The Lab is a global ecosystem of enterprises, start-ups, and industry partners collaborating to build and innovate on new technologies using edge computing and 5G.

E& Group operates in sixteen countries across Africa and the Middle East where it provides services to more than 150 million users every day.

The new additions bring the total number of participating companies in the Lab to 101. The start-ups come from a range of backgrounds, including blockchain, IoT, cybersecurity, and networking.

Jim Brisimitzis, founder and general partner of the 5G Open Innovation Lab, said: “Along with our enterprise, global technology partners and startups, 5G OI Lab is creating the world’s most open ecosystem where small and large industry players truly collaborate in ways that are moving the market beyond talk and into action.”

Since its founding in 2020, the Lab and its participating start-ups have raised more than $1.6 billion (£1.3bn), with a number of exits priced above $200 million (£164m).

The Lab is also appointing Professor Sumit Roy of the University of Washington to its technical advisory team.

Roy has decades of experience in wireless networking and 4G/5G technologies, having recently led a 5G innovation programme at the US Department of Defense.

‘Innovate Beyond 5G’ aimed to promote open source techniques and standards components across 5G-based architecture and protocols.

“[Roy] will serve as a valued resource for the Lab in promoting collaborations among Federal/State, technology and academic stakeholders,” said Brisimitzis.

“This will ensure the necessary alignment of commercial xG drivers with USG needs/priorities while leveraging the lower TRL advances originating from startups and academia.”

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