5TONIC’s laboratory received at its facilities a group of students ABC-UCM Master’s Degree

5TONIC's laboratory received at its facilities a group of students ABC-UCM Master's Degree

On December 1st, 5TONIC the open Innovation laboratory on 5G technologies founded by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks, received the students of the Master in Journalism and Digital Communication ABC – UCM, along with Fernando Pérez, editor in chief of ABC Empresa and Luis Prados, ABC master degree coordinator. The objective is to write an article for the innovation section of ABC Empresa, one of the most widely circulated national newspapers in Spain.

With the aim of finding out more about the research and innovation projects related to 5G technologies carried out in the laboratory, the students will create reports from scratch, which will be presented in a competition and the winning report will be published in the next edition of «ABC Empresa». 

Carlos J. Bernardos, vice president of 5TONIC and Ignacio Berberana, technical manager of the laboratory, guided them on a visit to the 5TONIC and IMDEA Networks facilities and presented use cases successfully developed by 5TONIC. As an example of this, they highlighted the new assistance system for emergency services based on 5G, carried out within the framework of the European innovation project 5G-TRANSFORMER and together with SAMUR-PC and UC3M.

Fernando Pérez, the editor-in-chief of ABC Empresa, as a professional reference for the students and to supervise their work, highlighted the importance of focusing on innovation in journalistic content.  

Accordingly, Carlos J. Bernardos introduced the students to the world of 5G, explaining the differences between 5G Non-Standalone (5G NSA) and 5G Stand-Alone (5G SA). At this time, commercial 5G is in what corresponds to the initial phase 5G NSA, this phase offers us a better use of the 4G infrastructure, which is already established and tested. The operation of the initial phase is that the communication between the mobile and the antenna is done through 5G protocols, but the passage of data occurs through 4G technology. However, 5TONIC’s lab already has a network core defined for 5G(5GC), which enables the support of SA access and facilitates the support of new use cases, as well as the use of network slicing supported by 5G for the customization of network capabilities to user needs.

Also, topics of such importance as cutting-edge research, collaboration between public and private sector companies, European projects or the participation of the university (in this case, the UC3M) were discussed.

As Ignacio pointed out, “5TONIC is a living laboratory, not a demonstration center. A test environment that allows contacting partners interested in the development of 5G technology». This is due to the large number of partners involved in the projects of this laboratory, such as Ericsson and Intel, among others.

In these facilities researchers focus on developing innovative projects with 5G technology. By promoting joint project development, joint entrepreneurial ventures, discussion fora, events and conference sites, all in an international environment of the highest impact, the goal is to create an open research and innovation ecosystem laboratory in which industry and academia come together to boost technology and business innovative ventures.

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