Orange and the CAMPUS Research Institute of UPB open the first 5G laboratory in Romania

Orange and the CAMPUS Research Institute of UPB open the first 5G laboratory in Romania

The 5G Lab, hosted in the CAMPUS Research Institute, is equipped with technologies that will be available in the commercial network in the future, but currently can only be tested in a laboratory environment

Orange, in  partnership  with  the  CAMPUS  Research  Institute  of  the University Polytechnica of  Bucharest(UPB), has  openedthe first  5G  laboratory  in  Romania,  a hub where researchers, startups and companies can innovate and test their solutions based on 5G technology. The 5G Lab is part of an international initiative by Orange that aims to support economic players and researchers in discovering the value, benefits and opportunities brought by 5G and to develop solutions that will make a difference in a digital economy.

The 5G Lab, hosted in the CAMPUS Research Institute, is equipped with technologies that will be  available  in  the  commercial  network  in  the  future,  but  currently  can  only  be  tested  in  a laboratory environment:

5G Standalone Private Mobile Radio-acore component of the 5G infrastructure;

5G New Radio-the radio access component of the 5G infrastructure;

Open RAN and Open CORE components based on the separation of the software from the hardware equipment,allow the virtualization of the functionality of the radio network or the core network and have the ability to run the system on CoTS (Commercial-of-the-Shelf) equipment and open interfaces;

Edge  Computing plays  a  key  role  as  a  technology  that  reduces  the  distance  between users   (applications)   and   services   (data)   and   facilitates guaranteed   latencies   and through puts, as required by services and applications.

The advanced telecommunications architecture available in the 5G Lab supports the digitization of  several  economic  sectors  with  the  help  of  5G,  such  as  agritech, smart cities,  autonomous cars,  transport  and  logistics,  e-health,  cyber  security,  green  technology,  and  many  others. Several  Romanian  companies,  startups  and  researchers  are  already  carrying  out  5G  projectswith  a  focus  on  the  safety  and  health  of  citizens,  remote  coordinated  river  and  maritime transport, urban mobility, precision agriculture and the future of collaboration in Industry 4.0.

On the laboratory's website, 5glab.orange.ro, several calls for projectsand collaborations will be opened, encouraging all interested parties to take advantage of the open infrastructure and the expertise  of  the  laboratory  team.  There will  be 3  types  of  callsfor  projects:  for  companies,  for startups and for research.

The launch in Romania of the 5G Lab is part of a bigger initiative developed by Orange Group, and  involves launching 9 Orange  5G  laboratoriesacross  Europe.  These  labs aim  to  help economic players to better understand the opportunities, value and benefitsof 5G. Companies and  start-ups areable  to  test  their  current  solutions  and  services  and  think  about  new  uses while taking advantage of an ecosystem to co-innovate and start changing their business model and processes.

"Today, Orange  offers  the  best  commercial  connectivity  services,  but  we know  that  in  order to maintain  the  highest  standards  we  must  be  one  step  ahead.  Through the 5G  Lab,we are bringing to the present, in a laboratory environment, a network architecture unique in Romania, that is open for testing. The innovation and research projects we carry out allow us to discover together  with  our  customers  and partners  how  the  networks  of the future  can contribute to the creation  of  advanced  digital  services  and  enhanced  user  experience,  the  improvement  of processes,  a  better  management  of  resources  and  green  efficiency.” - Emmanuel  Chautard, Chief Technology Officer Orange Romania.

The  mission  of  University Polytechnica of  Bucharest  was  conceived  as  a  blend  between education, research  and  innovation,  which  is  key  to  a  society  and  a knowledge  economy. The CAMPUS Research Institute  was  established  so  that  researchers  can  develop  their  solutions and products in an environment where research can be quickly brought to market. Research in the  field  of  5G  is  essential  to  develop  new  solutions  for  the  networks  of  the  future,  but  also  to accelerate  the  digitization  process. Teams at  the  CAMPUS  Research  Institute  are  involved  in the  5G network  and and  beyond  5G  networks research  process, therefore the  development of the 5G Lab together with Orange will lead to the validation and testing of research solutions so that they can be transferred to the market as soon as possible” - Prof. Dr. Ing Tudor Prisecaru, President of the Senate in University Polytechnica Bucharest

Currently, the Orange 5G network is available in Bucharest, with 100% 5G coverage, and in 14 other cities: Bragadiru, Brașov, Chitila, Cluj-Napoca, Constanța, Iași, Magurele, Otopeni,Ovidiu, Pantelimon, Popesti-Leordeni, Predeal, Timisoara and Voluntari

More details about the 5G Labare available on 5glab.orange.ro and future networks.upb.ro.

About the CAMPUS Research Institute of the University Polytechnica of Bucharest

The   Research   Institute   for   Advanced   Research   for   Innovative   Materials,   Products   and Processes is part of the University Polytechnica of Bucharest and aims to promote an intelligent environment  of  control,  integration  and  coordination  of  multi  and  interdisciplinary  research groups  within  UPB.  Through  this  objective,  the  Institute  aims  to  increase  and  diversify  the innovative offer of UPB, as well as to stimulate the accessof enterprises to the products of the research, development and innovation activity of the university. The institute has a number of 42 research   laboratories   from   Nanomaterials   and   Nanostructures   to   Artificial   Intelligence, Communications or Green Energy.