- VodafoneZiggo (VfZ) joined main network partner Ericsson and local technology industry cluster Brainport Development to open a 5G testbed in Eindhoven
VodafoneZiggo (VfZ) joined main network partner Ericsson and local technology industry cluster Brainport Development to open a 5G testbed in Eindhoven. A Letter of Intent to partner on a “co‑creation environment” in the Dutch city was signed by the parties in early‑2019 (Vodafonewatch, #174 and #178), and the resultant 5G HUB was opened on 30 January 2020, only marginally delayed beyond its anticipated late‑2019 unveiling. No 5G projects have been added to the programme since it was originally announced, with Connected Ambulances — a partnership between Ericsson, Philips, VfZ, and local ambulance and hospital services — remaining the current sole focus. 5G HUB is expected to be used as both an innovation incubator and place for education and training in 5G systems. Brainport claims 5G HUB will welcome “at least six startups by the end of 2020”, with six parties having reserved a space so far. A focus on the healthcare vertical is touted as the priority. Ericsson has issued an open invite to “corporations, private companies, startups, governments, and knowledge institutions” to participate.