Verizon is opening four new labs in the United States to accelerate the development of 5G use cases and experiences.
Building on the success of its maiden 5G project - an incubator in New York City in collaboration with Alley, a membership community for entrepreneurs - the telco is set to introduce sites in Washington DC, Palo Alto, Waltham and Los Angeles.
Each lab will focus on different sectors that align with the expertise of each area, with startups, universities and technology companies encouraged to co-create new use applications and hardware and to engage with the community.
Verizon's New York City location has already helped several technology and academic partners develop innovative 5G solutions including immersive education, remote healthcare, cloud gaming, and mixed reality solutions for enterprises.
"The future won’t be invented in boardrooms by people using slide presentations," said Toby Redshaw, Verizon SVP of Strategy, Innovation and Product Development. "Our 5G Labs will be where collaboration and innovation happen. We’re opening access to our 5G network because we believe the next-generation solutions that will ride on it will be the result of collaboration and innovation by an entire ecosystem of developers."
Jason Saltzman, CEO of Alley, added: "5G is the technology of the future, and our partnership with Verizon allows for emerging startups to leverage it as they build the next generation of products that will shape our world.
"We’ve created the first-ever brand of community workspaces in the United States with access to 5G, and the openings in Palo Alto and Los Angeles will enable more entrepreneurs and industries to benefit from what 5G can help them build. It’s the embodiment of our mission to bridge the gap between bring corporate innovation and the local startup ecosystems."