A new innovation lab called i14y will be opened in Germany with the support of the Federal Government.
The lab will focus on disaggregated network solutions, such as Open RAN, which is a new approach to building radio access networks by disaggregating hardware and software.
It will be supported with €17m from the German Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), as well as a similar amount by a consortium of companies headed up by Deutsche Telekom.
The consortium is made up of BISDN, Capgemini Engineering, Deutsche Telekom, EANTC, Fraunhofer HHI, highstreet technologies, Nokia, Rohde & Schwarz, Telefónica Deutschland, TU Berlin and Vodafone Deutschland.
Deutsche Telekom says the lab will be supported by and closely work with other network disaggregation projects such as the O-RAN alliance and the Open Networking Foundation.