The i2CAT Foundation collaborates in the deployment of this initiative, which will promote 5G tests in rural areas
On the 2nd of July, the Ministry for Digital Policy and Public Administration of the Government of Catalonia, in collaboration with Mobile World Capital Barcelona and the i2CAT Foundation, presented the first ‘5G Area’ in the region of South Catalonia. The initiative is framed in the Catalan 5G Strategy, a project that plans to promote 5G throughout the territory. These areas will foster initiatives aimed to promote 5G through training activities, workshops, testing, and labs.
This innovative space is called ‘CoEbreLab 5G Rural’ and is the first 5G Area created beyond urban areas. Its final goal is to install 5G, a technology that would allow testing in real rural settings and the creation of digital products and services. The base for the project is the installation of a 5G network infrastructure in Móra la Nova and Móra d’Ebre.
The impact of this initiative will reach the economic and social fabric, promoting economical innovation and the revitalization of the territory while reducing the rural digital divide. Aiming to boost the Catalan 5G ecosystem and transforming Catalonia into an international reference in this field, the 5G Area projects aim to improve technical services around Catalonia, promoting the commercial use of 5G networks and propelling its display, as well as promoting use cases and prototypes in real settings and fostering a digital economy beyond urban areas with the development of new products and services based on 5G technology.
CoEbreLab is part of the Cat Sud Collaboratory, the first Digital Social Innovation lab in Catalonia. The Cat Sud Collaboratory aims to create a network in the territory that benefits from various assets and knowledge, expecting to solve the challenges outlined in the area through joint innovation.