Telefonica has launched a call for proposals for startups to build solutions focused around 5G and edge computing.
The initiative is part of the Wayra Activation Programme – part of Telefonica’s global open innovation hub – which allows entrepreneurs free access to its technologies to test their solutions.
Startups selected will be part of the Wayra 5G/Edge Lab, a laboratory in Spain which is set to be launched ‘in the coming weeks.’ The laboratory will enable them to utilise Telefonica’s 5G and edge computing infrastructure to test products and use cases, as well as take advantage of technological and commercial consulting.
Those who progress sufficiently could jointly develop new solutions and market them, as well as receive investment from Wayra, Telefonica added.
Telefonica added the applications it envisaged being developed included virtual and augmented reality solutions, self-driving cars, robotics and gaming, in the transport, Industry 4.0, media, tourism, and health sectors among others.
“We want to open innovation again to collaboration with startups and bring them closer to the real world of business,” said Miguel Arias, global director of entrepreneurship at Telefonica. “Now that Telefonica has made a major deployment of both 5G and edge computing, it is time to give them access to these new technologies with an enormous transformational potential.
“We want to discover these possibilities with them and develop innovative applications together to continue accompanying companies and society in general in their digitalisation,” added Arias.
Applicants have until February 14 to submit their proposals through the Wayra Activation Programme website.
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