The lab is an opportunity to support the growth of digital industries in the Greater Manchester area and create a global centre of excellence for real-time mobile applications.
- Edge Innovation Lab to showcase Multi-access Edge Compute capabilities, and offer organisations the chance to trial new ideas with support from Vodafone experts.
- Lab is an opportunity to support the growth of digital industries in the Greater Manchester area and create a global centre of excellence for real-time mobile applications.
- Digital innovation will promote greater economic diversity in the region, supporting the Government’s Levelling Up agenda.
Vodafone has opened a new Edge Innovation Lab in MediaCity, Salford – the first of its kind in the UK. The lab will support the development of Manchester, and the surrounding region, into a Northern digital powerhouse.
The Edge Innovation Lab at HOST, the Home of Skills & Technology, will offer the opportunity for companies, academics, software developers and public sector organisations to see and test the possibilities of the next generation in network technology – Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC).
Software developers and innovators in the Greater Manchester region will have access to these technologies in the earliest stages of development. This head start will create a global centre of excellence for real-time mobile applications in the region, supporting the growth of digitally led businesses and industries in the area, as well as in the rest of the UK.
Nick Gliddon, UK Business Director, Vodafone, said: “MEC enables the creation of digital services and platforms that would otherwise be impossible to deliver. The lab offers innovators the opportunity to experiment with next-generation technologies and bring to life ideas that could revolutionise the way we do business and deliver public services.
“It will place Manchester and the surrounding region at the centre of the next stage of digital revolution.”