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AT&T and Comcast Join the 5G Open Innovation Lab as Founding Members to Engage Communities, Fueling Innovation

By Alex Passett

The names AT&T and Comcast hardly require an introduction in 2023.

So, let’s forego one and jump right into this news. It concerns not only them, but the 5G OI Lab.

The 5G Open Innovation Lab’s mission is to create and serve ever-growing ecosystems where industry entrepreneurs, enterprise platforms, technical experts and investors – along with a roster of other program selectees, which we’ll get to shortly – join forces to collaborate; the exploration, experimentation, development, testing, and go-to-market pushes necessary to bring game-changing software solutions, ultimately accelerating digital transformations across industries worldwide. Its key Advisory Board members come from Nortel, T-Mobile, Intel, Microsoft, Telstra, VMware, Comcast and elsewhere, and together the 5G Open Innovation Lab teams makes things happen.

And now, AT&T and Comcast have joined the 5G OI Lab as founding partners, alongside a total of 18 other founding and corporate partners.

“As evidenced by the 118 startups in our ecosystem, the combination of 5G and edge is unlocking a massive wave of collaborative innovation in cloud, edge and AI across every industry; from agriculture and power generation to manufacturing, logistics and even medicine,” said Jim Brisimitzis, Founder and General Partner of the 5G OI Lab. “We’re thrilled to welcome AT&T and Comcast as founding partners to help drive our vision to bring industry experts together and, collectively, drive innovation into vital overlapping ecosystems.”

“Collaboration is the key to innovation,” said Jay Cary, VP of Strategic Alliances and Corporate Strategy at AT&T. “As we continue forging ahead to realize 5G’s fullest potential, it is important to work with the nimble startup and innovation community so we can move faster and solve real-world technology challenges more holistically and effectively for our customers. We are excited to be part of that start-up thinking with the 5G Open Innovation Lab.”

“The cycle of innovation often begins in small companies where a new idea can challenge existing ones, and Comcast has had success taking risks and embracing these new ideas,” said Tom Nagel, SVP of Wireless Strategy at Comcast. “Engaging with the startup community through our own Lift Labs or with organizations like the 5G Open Innovation Lab is an important factor not only in our own efforts but to push the industry forward in exciting new ways.”

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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