Last Wednesday, the MWCapital office at Pier01 – Barcelona Tech City, home to The Collider, dressed up for a very special event.

The occasion was worthy. Telefónica and 5GBarcelona were releasing The Thinx | 5GBarcelona, an open lab to test 5G technologies with the aim to turn Barcelona in a European digital innovation hub in the 5G spectre. Among the select group of guests, we welcomed Jordi Puigneró, Minister of Digital Policies for the Regional Government of Catalonia; Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona; María Jesús Almazor, COO of Telefónica España; Carlos Grau, CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona; and Josep Paradells, director of the i2CAT Foundation.

This lab will serve as a product accelerator offering full technical support and know-how on the two 5G technologies, the LTE mobile and the Narrowband IoT – you may learn more about these technologies here. In short, the main benefits that this development brings are:

  • Less battery consumption
  • Stronger interior coverage
  • A higher density of connected objects

Therefore, the Thinx | 5GBarcelona lab aims to become a cornerstone in both the technological and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Barcelona by enabling pilots and product research. And here is where The Collider finds a perfect fit.

Being lucky enough to host this new laboratory in The Collider’s home space, the programme now brings an added value. Not only may the lab be a useful testing ground for our onboarding technologies but it will also act as a driver for contacts and knowledge transfer.

The 5G lab will mainly become a powerful asset for the deep-tech projects we will foster in The Collider. As we approach the deadline for projects, which ends on the 14th October, we can’t wait to present the new edition’s shortlist.