Colt, Icade, ADVA, Airspan Networks, Athonet, Accedian and Tibco trial private 5G in France

Colt, Icade, ADVA, Airspan Networks, Athonet, Accedian and Tibco trial private 5G in France

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Colt Technology Services (Colt), Icade, ADVA, Airspan Networks, Athonet, Accedian and Tibco have launched a private 5G enterprise connectivity pilot.

“Innovation is in Colt’s DNA," said Jaya Deshmukh, executive vice president of strategy and transformation at Colt.

"Investigating the value 5G technology can bring to enterprises, this pilot will also pave the way for new innovations in Colt’s On Demand connectivity services, network edge and business vertical propositions such as smart office and smart manufacturing. It’s through driving projects such as this that we can enable enterprises to transform and thrive in tomorrow’s connected society digitally.”

The incubation project marks the one of the first to test end-to-end private 5G in real estate (property) using disaggregated architecture.

“We’re excited to be part of this innovative pilot and showcase the many benefits of 5G with an end-to-end performance monitoring solution," said Richard Piasentin, chief strategy officer at Accedian.

"Skylight Sensors collect real-time performance data across the private 5G networks and combine them into a single pane of glass in Skylight Performance Analytics to give the detailed visibility needed to meet customers’ expectations and strict SLAs. You need to measure network and application performance in microseconds levels in order to give millisecond performance analytics.”

Specifically, the project will provide private 5G networks to the PB5 La Défense building in Paris, to explore varied use cases for the co-working space environment managed by Imagin’Office, an Icade subsidiary.

Further, the field lab ecosystem will test 5G use cases, including creating immersive experiences for the future workplace for a variety of industries.

“This is a significant milestone for 5G standalone technology in Paris. As a leader in 5G and Open RAN solutions, Airspan is working closely with other industry leaders, including our consortium partners on this important project, to enhance the ecosystem," said Giuseppe Bernini, vice president of sales – Europe at Airspan.  

"This private 5G network pilot leveraging our 5G and Open RAN expertise, software and hardware will help many enterprises develop and validate 5G use cases that will drive innovation."

The pilot will be coordinated by Colt, with Airspan, as the exclusive Open Radio Access Network (RAN) provider, delivering the radio units (RUs), 5G modems and software.

For its part, Athonet will provide its Griffone 5G-SA mobile core. ADVA will provide the underlying infrastructure components, including hosting of virtual functions and Accedian will provide performance monitoring and analytics solutions.

“By working with Colt and our other partners, we're showcasing what's possible with open, secure and flexible 5G enterprise connectivity," said Mike Heffner, general manager of edge cloud at ADVA.

"Our Ensemble Connector is a key enabler here and forms the foundation of the NFV infrastructure. Combined with our FSP 150 for fronthaul connectivity and synchronization, this network will make a huge difference to the PB5 La Défense campus. What's more, by using our O-RAN lab to test the complete end-to-end solution, there will be no hidden surprises.”

The advantages of 5G use cases in the PB5 Building in La Défense include, high-density connectivity for enhanced employee working experience and increased productivity.

Others include simplified and accelerated private network deployment, reliable high-performance via to Service Level Agreements, increased asset value for the building owner and an immersive experience.

“Athonet is pleased to support the pilot with our next generation 5G-SA platform. The Athonet 5G-SA allows any IT professional to deploy and manage a private 5G-network with Wi-Fi like simplicity," said Aline Loiseau, managing director of Athonet France.

"It allows service providers like Colt to make the most sophisticated mobile operator technology consumable by enterprises like Icade and demonstrates why Athonet is the world’s most used private mobile core.”

“Within this consortium, Tibco is contributing with its expertise in the installation, maintenance and operation of the 5G network to guarantee users a high quality, fast and secure network," added Fréderic Le Guyader, CEO of Tibco Telecoms.

This deployment of a private 5G network represents for Tibco the opportunity to test new use cases with the installation of robotics, tele-presence, energy management.... Based on this experience, we will be able to offer our customers proven solutions tomorrow.”

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