Ericsson Opens 5G Research and Development Labs in France

“The labs have a range of focus areas. Overall, they’re meant to investigate solutions related to smart cities, energy, transportation, and the like…”

Ericsson has launched a new research facility designed to foster collaboration with students and startups on 5G network technologies. It’s called Ericsson Garage France, and it opened last week in Massy, with another branch in Lannion.Ericsson Opens 5G Research and Development Labs in France

The labs have a range of focus areas. Overall, they’re meant to investigate solutions related to smart cities, energy, transportation, and the like; but the Lannion location will work with University of Rennes researchers on projects specifically relating to connected buildings and connected sports. Ericsson Garage France has also established an early partnership with Com4Innov, a telecommunications provider based in Valbonne.

In a statement announcing the initiatives, Ericsson France head Franck Bouétard called Ericsson Garage France “a logical move” that “will help to drive the development of innovative concepts as 5G becomes a reality.”

The company has demonstrated a keen interest in emerging 5G technology. Earlier this year, it worked with Vodafone to develop a demo project running a cloud-based facial recognition system on a 5G network; and more recently Ericsson worked with China Mobile to pilot test a drone over 5G networks. Its latest initiatives in France suggest a deepening commitment to exploring this area.