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Amdocs, Dell, Microsoft and VMware join the ‘5G Open Innovation Lab’ in Seattle

5G Open Innovation Lab.
(Image credit: 5G Open Innovation Lab.)

The 5G Open Innovation Lab (5GOILab) – which launched in May with the backing of Intel, NASA and T-Mobile US – has revealed four new ‘founding partners’ , in the shape of Amdocs, Dell, Microsoft and VMware, 

These companies will join Intel, NASA and T-Mobile, who will now work together to provide access to leading-edge network, software and hardware platforms, in addition to creating direct customer relationships that accelerate 5G adoption.

“These new founding partners will help us do just that, broadening the pipeline of development for 5G solutions across all industries.”

Neville Ray, T-Mobile.

“We’re working harder than ever to build a transformative 5G network for all, but we must build something even bigger – an ecosystem that creates economic value beyond traditional telecom,” said Neville Ray, president of technology at T-Mobile. “These new founding partners will help us do just that, broadening the pipeline of development for 5G solutions across all industries.”

5G Open Innovation Lab

The Lab selects 15 to 20 companies to participate in the program twice a year. These companies represent 5G infrastructure and 5G-enabled technologies such as artificial intelligence, edge computing and IoT across diverse markets including agritech, manufacturing, entertainment, transportation and energy. 

“Dell Technologies sees 5G as a key driver for digital transformation and can facilitate the mobile connection between people, things, systems and businesses resulting in a new and exciting era,” said David Trigg, vice president of ecosystems for Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business. “We firmly believe that the telecom industry must come together as an ecosystem to provide more choice in how global communications networks are deployed and run while driving out complexity and cost.”

Dell will be joined by Microsoft, VMware, and Amdocs in this second phase of partnership announcements, with members able to choose which companies they want to work with to help accelerate their solutions and develop real-world proof-of-concepts.

“Joining the 5G Open Innovation Lab is a clear sign of commitment from Amdocs to fuel the development of new 5G powered capabilities and use cases."

Jim Brisimitzis, 5G Open Innovation Lab.

“Joining the 5G Open Innovation Lab is a clear sign of commitment from Amdocs to fuel the development of new 5G powered capabilities and use cases,” said Jim Brisimitzis, general partner at 5G Open Innovation Lab. “As a founding partner, we look forward to Amdocs playing an integral role in helping to create and build the community that will bring tangible products and prototypes to market and accelerate the journey to 5G.”

Amdocs joins the Lab

Amdocs, a leading provider of software and services to the world’s leading communications and media companies, joins the Lab with a focus on helping service providers accelerate the wave of 5G advancements around cloud, edge computing, IoT and new customer experiences. 

“We are excited to be part of this new venture in accelerating creative collaboration between 5G leaders, working together to bring seamless experiences to life."

Anthony Goonetilleke, Amdocs.

“We believe that 5G will power the next generation of customer experiences, ranging from innovative consumer applications to complex enterprise partnerships built on a long-tail partner ecosystem,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, group president of media, network and technology at Amdocs. “We are excited to be part of this new venture in accelerating creative collaboration between 5G leaders, working together to bring seamless experiences to life while exploring diverse industry applications of 5G, including autonomous vehicles, remote surgery and immersive mobile VR and AR, among others.”

The Lab recently announced that it has selected 16 companies as members of the second cohort to participate in its 12-week program, and the Lab does not take an equity position in its member companies.

To learn more about the Lab and its ecosystem of companies you can visit https://www.5GOILab.com.


Dan is a British journalist with 20 years of experience in the design and tech sectors, producing content for the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Dell and The Sunday Times. In 2012 he helped launch the world's number one design blog, Creative Bloq. Dan is now editor-in-chief at 5Gradar, where he oversees news, insight and reviews, providing an invaluable resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the key issues facing 5G.