Ericsson reveals German cloud lab, Turkish 5G research

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Ericsson has set up a new cloud lab in Germany and launched its latest 5G project, collaborating with Turkish operator Turkcell.

The lab, based in Aachen, will feature early technology demos, trials and verification, with a view to foster quicker innovation within the cloud, virtualisation, and management and orchestration sectors. It said the transport and automation industries are two areas it will focus on.

The lab will feature cloud storage and cloud management products, as well as the vendor's Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service offerings for the IT and telecom environments.

Valter D’Avino, Ericsson Head of Western & Central Europe, said: ”By developing these cloud solutions in cooperation with our customers, we will provide them the opportunity to speed up the deployment of cloud technology. This means we will more quickly experience the benefits of cloud, such as shorter time to market for new services within Internet of Things for example, and a more agile IT infrastructure.”

Meanwhile, the vendor has signed a memorandum of understanding with Turkcell to explore how 5G can be deployed and what requirements it will need. The companies will also look at the performance levels of 5G technologies and how they can be applied.

Turkcell CEO Kaan Terzioglu said: "Turkcell is determined to shape and deploy the most advanced technologies in its footprint. Partnering with Ericsson, we aim to develop a joint understanding of 5G use cases, requirements and deployment scenarios and evaluate the performance of key technology components.

"This collaboration will enable us to address the needs and expectations of consumers and corporate customers from various industries. We will continue to work closely with our partners in the 5G arena."

Earlier this month Turkcell began a 5G project with defence firm ASELSAN to develop platforms for future telecoms use.

The country is due to have its LTE auction later this year, although the country's president has suggested it should jump straight from 3G to 5G.