Verizon has opened a new 5G Lab and production studio in London, the first 5G-enabled facility from the company outside the US. The lab is based at Verizon’s Mid City Place office in central London, and it offers a live Verizon 5G environment where businesses can develop and test 5G apps and experiences.
Verizon already operates 5G Labs in the United States in New York, Washington D.C., Cambridge, MA, San Jose, CA and Los Angeles.
Verizon’s 5G Lab offers technology innovators a space to grow the 5G ecosystem with technology that they otherwise may not have access to. Any company is free to work with Verizon’s Lab to explore the true capabilities of Verizon 5G. Verizon hopes to explore how autonomous vehicles, smart communities, virtual healthcare, smart manufacturing, immersive education, augmented and virtual reality, and responsive gaming can all be developed further using 5G.
Verizon aims to share its experience and expertise in 5G with companies based in the UK at the London lab. Organizations can visit the lab to see 5G use cases and experiences in live action, hoping to inspire further innovation.
“Verizon has proven expertise in delivering 5G in the U.S.,” said Toby Redshaw, Verizon Business Group’s vice president of Innovation. “One of the best ways of unleashing the true possibilities of 5G is getting it into the hands of innovators and visionaries. Our London facility enables our international customers to benefit from this expertise as they look to deploy 5G-enabled applications and experiences.”
The London lab has an impressive array of 5G use cases across a number of industries from advertising and entertainment to education, medical and many more. On top of this, Verizon is planning to open a 5G-enabled production studio in London in April 2020 to complement the 5G Lab facility.
“Our RYOT 5G Studio in Los Angeles was the first and only 5G production house in the US when it opened last year, and now we are opening a new studio in London, offering all the same incredible next-generation content production facilities,” said Mark Melling, head of RYOT Studio and 5G EMEA at Verizon Media. “As we move from a 2D to 3D world of content, we are providing our partners with access to the most cutting-edge technology and the ability to experiment with 5G, bringing together the best creatives to build world-class experiences now as well as prepare for the new world as this technology grows.”