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Melbourne chosen by Infosys as the site for its second 5G Living Lab Melbourne chosen by Infosys as the site for its second 5G Living Lab

Indian IT outsourcing firm Infosys has launched its Melbourne 5G Living Lab, that it says will help organisations to become “live enterprises” by imagining and creating new economies with 5G technology – while simultaneously supporting communication service providers to accelerate and monetise their 5G network deployment.

Melbourne is the second Infosys 5G Living Lab to be launched after Bengaluru, which was launched in March 2019.

And Infosys says its network of 5G Living Labs will be completed in five global locations — Bengaluru, Melbourne, Richardson (UK), Indianapolis (US) and Frankfurt (Germany) — to help “ideate and bring these new economies to life”.

“As an ecosystem integrator, the Infosys 5G Living Lab in Melbourne will enable clients and partners to explore, develop and deploy 5G solutions and bring to life use cases to accelerate their digital transformation journey,” Infosys said.

Infosys also said the Melbourne lab would provide a simulated 5G environment for rapid experimentation of new technologies, “combining the best of emerging technologies expertise in areas like IoT, AR, VR and AI and unique design thinking to address”, and test:

  • Defining business use cases and ROI;
  • Co-creating and innovating solutions and use cases;
  • Creating proofs of concept (PoCs) using its solution and accelerators along with technology providers and partners;
  • Testing and validating the solutions; and
  • Act as a showcase ground for Infosys, partners and customers.

Speaking at the launch of the new Melbourne lab, Infosys senior vice-president & Industry Head of Global Markets, Raja Shah, said: “There is genuine excitement in the market around delivering the power of 5G”.

“As we know, many of the telecoms providers are committed to their investment and are trying to monetise the rollout of 5G, while enterprises are thinking about how they can bring the power of 5G to the mainstream.

“This is our first Living Lab outside of Bangalore, and it is going to help each one of us to imagine our futures and have better lives.”

In its statement announcing the Melbourne lab launch, Infosys said 5G would transform network capabilities, bringing in significant opportunities for network virtualisation, AI and automation while considerably lowering associated costs and “enhancing the delivery of network-based services, IT systems and applications”.

“More importantly, 5G will enable enterprises to create new experiences, services and improve operational efficiency across organisations,” Infosys said.

“Our communications sector is facing rapid and continuing change. Infosys’ investment in a 5G Living Lab in Melbourne offers the promise of being an important enabler for businesses across Australia,” said Paul Fletcher, Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and Arts at the launch of the new lab.

“The Australian Government recognises the potential of 5G and I am excited to see how use cases continue to evolve across our economy.”

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