InterDigital joins 5TONIC Lab

31 July 2017

Company Joins 5G Open Research and Innovation Laboratory Founded by Telefonica and IMDEA Networks.

InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDCC), a mobile technology research and development company, today announced that the company has joined 5TONIC, the first 5G laboratory in Spain. Founded by experts from Telefonica and the research institute IMDEA Networks, 5TONIC exists as an open ecosystem for 5G research and innovation based in Madrid, with members including Intel, Ericsson Spain and CommScope.

5TONIC aims to create a global open environment where members from industry and academia work together in specific research and innovation projects related to 5G technologies with a view to boost technology development and drive innovative business ventures. The laboratory will promote joint project development and entrepreneurial ventures, discussion fora, events and conference sites in an international environment.

“The development of 5G is at the forefront of InterDigital’s research and development efforts,” said Alan Carlton, Vice President, InterDigital Europe. “We’re delighted to join 5TONIC and collaborate with other key industry leaders on testing, evaluating and demonstrating of the capabilities of 5G communications, services and applications.”

“5TONIC is very pleased with this new addition to the lab”, stated Arturo Azcorra, 5TONIC Vice-Chair. “InterDigital’s well rounded expertise in the development of mobile technologies worldwide and its commitment to driving innovation in 5G research, make it an ideal member of 5TONIC. We look forward to collaborating actively with InterDigital and help it bring forward optimal solutions to the critical and complex technical challenges posed by the realization of viable 5G products and services.”

5TONIC’s mission is to help define 5G application scenarios and provide lab capabilities to outline suitable 5G infrastructure. The laboratory will operate at least until the first 5G products are commercially viable, which is expected to happen approximately in 2020. 5G networks, while still in an initial phase of development, are expected to deliver considerable improvements in latency and massive increases in data throughput and connected device volume, among others advances.

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Source(s): 5TONIC; IMDEA Networks Institute
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