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AT&T creates test bed for 5G R&D at Purdue Research Lab

22 November 2019
Purdue University will work with AT&T to develop 5G services beyond the smartphone. Source: Purdue University

Purdue University’s College of Engineering is teaming up with telecom AT&T to create a 5G research and development testing facility located in Indiana.

The Purdue Research Lab will be located in the newly launched Indiana 5G Zone. It will use 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) and multi-access edge computing (MEC) technologies to study intelligent farming, advanced manufacturing, internet of things (IoT), disaster recovery, smart cities and other new use cases utilizing the high speed, high bandwidth and low latency of 5G, the next generation of cellular wireless communication.

The build out for the Purdue Research Lab is slated for completion in the spring of 2020 and will be open to external collaborators. The MEC technology combined with 5G will power near real-time data collection and analysis to support the test bed.

"Bringing 5G and edge computing into a university lab creates an ideal environment for innovation," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president for advanced mobility and enterprise solutions at AT&T. "These technologies have the potential to solve real problems and make meaningful impacts to the world around us."

The Indiana 5G Zone is located inside the downtown Indianapolis headquarters of the nonprofit Eleven Fifty Academy. The Zone will seek to attract businesses, universities, government and other research facilities to develop these 5G services outside of smartphones.

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