Madrid, January 29th, 2020. On 20 January 2020, 5TONIC (the open 5G laboratory of which IMDEA Networks Institute is a founding member together with Telefónica and Ericsson España) participated in the first Mobile Talks organized by ESIC Business & Marketing School, titled «New opportunities arising from 5G.» At the conference it was highlighted how 5G networks will allow the emergence of new services and solutions that will benefit the economy and society as a whole.


The conference was presented by Federico Ruiz, head of the National 5G Observatory, and included a round table discussion with the participation of Ignacio Berberana, Senior Research Engineer at 5TONIC; Carlos Becker, Director of Public Administration and SmartCities at Vodafone; Mercedes Fernández, Innovation Manager at Telefónica Spain and Manuel Lorenzo, Head of Technology & Innovation at Ericsson Spain (and member of the Steering Board of 5TONIC). Berberana pointed out the challenge of developing an «operationally complex” process, with “the appropriate technological and commercial solutions» as well as the need to establish adequate interaction mechanisms, as in the case of SMEs. An exciting, transversal process, in which, as Manuel Lorenzo pointed out, «5G is the Internet of this decade, in which we can already see, for example, how a surgeon talks about latency.»


On Wednesday 22 January at 4pm, 5TONIC also participated in the presentation organized at FITUR by SEGITTUR (Sociedad Mercantil Estatal para la Gestión de la Innovación y las Tecnologías Turísticas) in collaboration with Ericsson Spain, Yerba Buena VR, Telefónica and UC3M. There will be a demonstration of virtual reality based on 5G and applied to the tourism sector, which offers immersive, high quality 360º video experiences, allowing the development of experiential tourism in the digital world. Diego López, of Telefónica and a 5TONIX Steering Board member, was also present. The participants introduced the main features of the new 5G networks and discussed the application of 5G in supporting applications related to the tourism sector.

About 5TONIC

5TONIC was initiated by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks Institute with a clear vision to create an open research and innovation ecosystem laboratory in which industry and academia come together to boost technology and business innovative ventures. The laboratory promotes joint project development, joint entrepreneurial ventures, discussion fora, events and conference sites, all in an international environment of the highest impact. 5TONIC serves to show the capabilities and interoperation of pre-commercial 5G equipment, services and applications, by leading global companies in the 5G arena. The laboratory was recently awarded Digital Innovation Hub status by the European Commission.

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