Altran’s new 5G ‘Lab-as-a-Service’ provides an edge testing ground

Altran’s new 5G ‘Lab-as-a-Service’ provides an edge testing ground
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Altran, a subsidiary of Capgemini, has opened a new 5G lab and is offering access “as-a-Service” for testing edge solutions.

The lab is physically based in Fundão, Portugal and enables telcos, enterprises, and OEMs to test edge solutions in a controlled environment.

Hardware and software are often used from a number of different vendors in any one network. Altran’s lab helps with testing interoperability and performance between equipment alongside experienced network engineers, operations consultants, software application, infrastructure developers, and test and integration personnel.

The lab also provides demonstration capabilities which can simulate scenarios and showcase solutions for proofs-of-concept and pilots.

Capgemini says 5G labs are instrumental in the intelligent industry space to help clients “make the right investments in the foundations of their data-driven transformation and seize the opportunities of the 5G and Edge digital revolution.”

The company is calling its offering a 5G Lab-as-a-Service (LaaS). While it may seem just another thing to add to the growing number of ‘as-a-Service’ offerings available from various companies, it’s a fairly unique proposition with clear benefits.

Dietmar Wendt, President of the Communications Business at Altran, said:

“Altran’s new 5G Lab-as-a-Service offer continues to build upon the Capgemini Group’s global strategy to accelerate and innovate the 5G ecosystem. The lab is the next logical step for us to extend our leadership on 5G and next-generation technologies.

With the increasing volume of data and its widespread use by all sectors, this new 5G Lab will be central to supporting clients with their Intelligent Industry strategies within the context of a 5G ecosystem.”

The physical and virtual resources of the LaaS can be accessed and managed from anywhere in the world 24/7 via a secure web-based lab portal.

Altran’s LaaS features datacenter infrastructure, hardware, network components, software frameworks, platforms, and a tools ecosystem—enabling clients to create environments that are flexible, scalable, and secure.

The company says further 5G labs will be announced shortly.

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