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Glad Birthday Capgemini Paris 5G Lab!

By way of Cédric Bourrely, 5G Labs Program Director, Capgemini Invent

The super efforts and the pandemic constraints haven’t lowered the dynamism and the willingness to innovate of the folk running at the program.

Twelve months later, time for a primary abstract. Let me proportion some insights in this epic run.

So what have we achieved because the release of the Paris Lab ultimate yr?

Neatly first, we offered the Lab to our shoppers: greater than 40 CxO conferences in more than one sectors (Production, Car, Protection, Transportation, Retail, Telecom…) on website online in Paris, the place lets measure the keenness of other people speaking once more in combination about innovation, projecting themselves in a post-Covid long run. Such pleasure!

And now not simply shoppers, but additionally our era companions. This yr additionally allowed us to fortify our portfolio of companions, sharing newest innovation traits and answers to regularly fortify our setup and marketplace working out.

We additionally had the chance to provide the Lab to the French “5G for Business” govt taskforce, explaining our demanding situations, our successes and maximum of all, our classes discovered after two years of “hands-on” 5G. Evidently an ideal honor with the intention to be a part of this kind of strategic initiative, with world synergies.

Speaking about world, smartly, 5G Labs at MWC a couple of weeks again was once additionally a spotlight: this gave the 5G Labs important world publicity to provide our setup, our wisdom, our imaginative and prescient of the Industries transformation powered via “The Long term of Era”.

Shoppers visits, evidently, were the drumbeat of this previous yr, however we additionally enthusiastic about steady growth, trying out new parts, troubleshooting new options, and on-boarding new companions. Amongst our successes:

  • We complemented our Non-public Community setup with get right of entry to to the 5G public community of Bouygues Telecom. The Labs is now utterly in a position to offer each Non-public Stand On my own 5G (Unlock 16) in addition to Public Non-Stand On my own 5G, and benchmark performances and usages.
  • We finalized all the virtualization of the 5G Core & Multi-Get entry to Edge Computing Platform, permitting us to realize in agility and operations potency.
  • We enriched the platform integration patterns with the established order of devoted connectivity with our Hyperscalers companions.
  • We incorporated extra units to our setup, each and every time appearing intense troubleshooting periods to verify compatibility with to be had spectrums and networks.
  • We began the implementation of leap forward / long-awaited 5G options akin to Dynamic Cutting
  • We advanced new Top-potential Commercial use circumstances, together with Self sufficient Intra-Logistics Car for sensible warehousing. We for sure made important growth on era and marketplace working out, whilst supply worth to key shoppers

Our key learnings

Twelve months in the past, when the lab was once introduced and made to be had for shopper visits, we already had important revel in in structure design, modules implementations, and companions variety. We got here into this venture with cast wisdom. However that pales in comparison to the place we stand now. The shoppers’ feedbacks, the experimentation, the relationship to the 5G (& Edge) ecosystems driven additional our working out of the marketplace, and the important thing luck elements to deal with whilst going for 5G. Listed here are one of the crucial main findings:

First, beginning the 5G adventure is dependent upon wisdom and innovation:

  • The extent of 5G-awareness may be very heterogeneous inside of trade shoppers, however nonetheless, maximum of our shoppers remember that 5G is not only an extension of 4G, and that the brand new structure patterns (hyperlink with Edge, hyperlink with Cloud) will make a distinction.
  • And but, discovering use circumstances that may be in point of fact speeded up via 5G (and Edge) vs present connectivity answers (4G, WIFI 6) is likely one of the maximum essential subjects to take on for industrials…
  • … however the approaches taken range from one geography to some other. As a number one instance, French commercial shoppers have a tendency to turn out ROI ahead of making an investment into 5G, while German neighbors believe 5G as a basis enabler amongst others for commercial innovation.

2nd, there are some key operational questions to reply to, to be able to maximize the possibilities of adoption:

  • Strategic alternatives: 5G is all about new architectures, complicated and numerous ecosystems, implying new abilities inside the groups. Make / Purchase / Spouse strategic selection must be idea via early within the procedure.
  • Knowledge privateness is likely one of the main considerations for commercial dangers keep an eye on or delicate knowledge dealing with (ex: army or well being), and due to this fact 5G Non-public Networks are anticipated to offer important advantages.
  • Whilst the questions on public well being not appear to be a significant barrier, the affects on sustainability nonetheless lift common questions. In this delicate subject, whilst we all know that the relief of power intake via the antennas if probably the most key 5G advantages, the whole stability between end-to-end carbon footprint of 5G and effort financial savings continues to be beneath analysis and probably the most main subjects of pastime for our shoppers. And in the end, clearly, main subjects connected to applied sciences analysis and integration should be addressed
  • Maximum of our shoppers are satisfied that Non-public/Hybrid networks will probably be of an pastime for his or her commercial actions. Deployment fashions are key to tackling this subject.
  • Edge / Cloud / 5G constitute a brand new paradigm shift as IT and Community applied sciences converge, growing deep want for structure trend advent, strategic companions alliances or sources upskilling.
  • 5G performances were within the center of the discussions, particularly after we examine them to the unique advertising and marketing guarantees. A transparent trail should be evaluated to search out the 5G “candy spot” to be used circumstances. Large Bang revolution of 5G deployment received’t be acceptable in maximum “brownfield” commercial operations and a tactical manner must be arrange.
  • Because the ecosystem is deeply fragmented (cloud, units makers, telco…), more than one technical choices can also be envisioned, taking into consideration native specificities and obstacles to conquer. Discovering the best alliances technique is one main, time-consuming process for which pre-integrated patterns and go back on reviews are very treasured.
  • And in the end, Cybersecurity. 5G has benefits, but additionally creates dangers that should be expected. Key query relate to the worldwide integration of 5G inside of company IT, in a world context the place cyber threats are continuously

What to anticipate for 2022?

Those nice achievements and learnings will probably be enriched via our upcoming 2022 paintings.

We will be able to stay evolving our setup, proceeding the alternate of significant inventions and information with our gifted Mumbai Lab Staff: new radio apparatus, new options (Undertaking Crucial MCX), new level of perspectives (sustainability, cybersecurity…), and clearly, extra a laugh and innovation (hi Metaverse, we’ll see each and every different quickly…)

In conclusion, I should say that I’m very satisfied and deeply venerated to be accountable for this program.

Those nice achievements, previous and upcoming, wouldn’t be imaginable with out the hassle of those unbelievable, passionate, super-skilled staff participants in France and India, and with out the enhance of our visionary Most sensible Control inside of Capgemini, nonetheless one step forward of the impending virtual inventions.

Keep tuned for extra!



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