Digital Catapult launches first 5G immersive lab in UK

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Technology accelerator Digital Catapult has set up the UK’s first 5G-enabled immersive technology lab.

The £100,000 lab was created through a partnership between The Landing, MediaCityUK’s tech hub specialising in high growth tech startups, and Digital Catapult.

It contains a wide range of virtual, augmented and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) equipment, as well as green screens. Digital Catapult said it provides “the ideal space for large multinational organisations and rapid tech startups to collaborate, test and create new products”.

The lab is located on the sixth floor of The Landing in Manchester, alongside Vodafone’s new 5G testbed and an existing user testing facilities and rapid prototyping lab.

Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, said of the new immersive lab: “The new technologies created by and for 5G align perfectly with Greater Manchester’s industrial strategy and will help turn our ambition to be a leading digital city-region into reality.”

Geraldina Iraheta, director of business development at Digital Catapult, added: “It’s so important to have facilities like the immersive lab providing access to cutting-edge technologies which help small businesses grow and corporations seize the power of immersive tech”

“We’re pleased to welcome MediaCityUK to our nationwide network of immersive labs, and to work with our partners at The Landing in offering this facility to businesses in the region to showcase, demo and test innovative solutions and exciting creative content.”

Jon Buckthorp from Vodafone UK said of the 5G capability of The Landing: “Working with The Landing and their tech startups, we have tested both the live 5G network and the new mobile edge computing service. With ultra-low latency tests of 7ms and bandwidth speeds of beyond 200mbs this creates an amazing opportunity for the VR ecosystem.”

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