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Colt-led 5G pilot to show benefits of private net in La Défense

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Private 5G network trial seeks to better understand the value 5G tech can bring to enterprises.

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

The incubation project is one of the first to test end-to-end private 5G in premises using disaggregated architecture.

The consortium will provide private 5G networks to the PB5 La Défense building in Paris (pictured), enabling the exploration of varied use cases for the co-working space environment managed by Imagin’Office, an Icade subsidiary.

Immersive and other use cases

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

Coordinated by Colt, the pilot represents a step for enterprise connectivity, understanding and unlocking the benefits of 5G for business verticals such as property, construction, retail and healthcare.

As the sole Open Radio Access Network (RAN) provider, Airspan will provide the radio units (RUs), 5G modems and software.

Athonet will provide its Griffone 5G-SA mobile core. ADVA will provide the underlying infrastructure components, including hosting of virtual functions.

Accedian will provide performance monitoring and analytics solutions to assure the digital experience of the 5G service: to deliver the performance 5G promises requires synchronicity and cooperation across the end-to-end service, which all the members take seriously.

According to Colt, the benefits of 5G use cases in the PB5 Building in La Défense include:

• High-density connectivity for a heightened employee working experience and increased productivity

• Simplified and accelerated private network deployment, with complete network management for service providers, including design, deployment and monitoring

• Reliable high-performance thanks to Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

• Increased asset value for the building owner

• An immersive experience to enrich the future of work within flexible work spaces.

Jaya Deshmukh, Colt’s Executive Vice President (EVP) of Strategy and Transformation, said. “Innovation is in Colt’s DNA. 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.”