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Happy Birthday Capgemini Paris 5G Lab!

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By Cédric Bourrely, 5G Labs Program Director, Capgemini Invent

The tremendous efforts and the pandemic constraints haven’t reduced the dynamism and the willingness to innovate of the people working on the program.

One year later, time for a first summary. Let me share some insights on this epic run.

So what have we done since the launch of the Paris Lab last year?

Well first, we presented the Lab to our clients: more than 40 CxO meetings in multiple sectors (Manufacturing, Automotive, Defense, Transportation, Retail, Telecom…) on site in Paris, where we could measure the enthusiasm of people talking again together about innovation, projecting themselves in a post-Covid future. Such excitement!

And not just clients, but also our technology partners. This year also allowed us to improve our portfolio of partners, sharing latest innovation trends and solutions to continuously improve our setup and market understanding.

We also had the opportunity to present the Lab to the French “5G for Industry” government taskforce, explaining our challenges, our successes and most of all, our lessons learned after two years of “hands-on” 5G. For sure a great honor to be able to be part of such a strategic initiative, with international synergies.

Talking about international, well, 5G Labs at MWC a few weeks back was also a highlight: this gave the 5G Labs significant international exposure to present our setup, our knowledge, our vision of the Industries transformation powered by “The Future of Technology”.

Clients visits, for sure, have been the drumbeat of this past year, but we also focused on continuous improvement, testing new components, troubleshooting new features, and on-boarding new partners. Among our successes:

Our key learnings

One year ago, when the lab was launched and made available for client visits, we already had significant experience in architecture design, modules implementations, and partners selection. We came into this project with solid knowledge. But that pales compared to where we stand now. The clients’ feedbacks, the experimentation, the connection to the 5G (& Edge) ecosystems pushed further our understanding of the market, and the key success factors to address while going for 5G. Here are some of the major findings:

First, starting the 5G journey relies on knowledge and innovation:

Second, there are some key operational questions to answer, in order to maximize the chances of adoption:

What to expect for 2022?

These great achievements and learnings will be enriched by our upcoming 2022 work.

We will keep evolving our setup, continuing the exchange of great innovations and knowledge with our talented Mumbai Lab Team: new radio equipment, new features (Mission Critical MCX), new point of views (sustainability, cybersecurity…), and obviously, more fun and innovation (hello Metaverse, we’ll see each other soon…)

In conclusion, I must say that I am very glad and deeply honored to be in charge of this program.

These great achievements, past and upcoming, wouldn’t be possible without the effort of these incredible, passionate, super-skilled team members in France and India, and without the support of our visionary Top Management within Capgemini, still one step ahead of the upcoming digital innovations.

Stay tuned for more!


Cédric BOURRELY – 5G Labs Program Lead, Capgemini Invent

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