Orange Polska has recently opened a new 5G Lab at its Warsaw headquarters, as they offer space where businesses can discover, experiment and bring future use cases to life over 5G networks.
Explaining the context of the launch, Orange Polska cited a Dynata survey in January 2022 that showed 74% of companies in Poland feel their business will need support from a telecom service provider to develop and test 5G services and/or applications on a live version of the next generation of 5G networks.
“5G will be a very significant boost that will enable further development and dynamic digitization of the Polish economy,” said Julien Ducarroz, CEO of Orange Polska. “We are already actively involved in this process, setting up the first campus networks together with our customers today. Orange 5G Lab is a place where we develop and test solutions using 5G technology, also in cooperation with startups, and present innovative solutions to businesses, so that we can launch new services as soon as possible after the frequencies necessary to build 5G in Poland are made available, for which we are still waiting.”
The Orange 5G Lab is divided into several zones. The showroom section presents technology and services in the field of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), video analytics based on artificial intelligence (AI), real-time monitoring of resources, critical communications such as PTT/PTV (push to talk, push to video), autonomous mobile robots and drones.
All of these operate in the 3.6GHz target frequency for 5G, which has been made available for testing by consent of the Polish Office of Electronic Communications. Data transmission in the network runs at 850Mbps.
Orange Polska says these technologies are already accelerating the digital transformation of companies by automating distribution processes, logistics, or entire production cycles.
It adds that the use of 5G technology makes it possible not only to train employees using VR, but also, for example, to digitally support workstations with AR smart glasses. The telco says this also allows very precise location and monitoring of moving people and objects. This, it says, will be the future of factories, warehouses and offices of large and medium-sized enterprises.
Apart from the showroom, the Orange 5G Lab will also feature a developer section where Orange partners – especially startups participating in the Orange Fab program – can create, test and develop services and solutions using 5G with the support of Orange experts.
Products and services developed can then be showcased in the showroom, making it easier to deploy the technology commercially and reach potential customers.