Orange and Facebook are pooling their strengths to identify solutions dedicated to the network infrastructure of tomorrow. As of June, the operator and the social network will welcome a first promotion of start-ups in a new shared support structure, called “Telecom Track”, in the Paris region. Analysis of data, infrastructure, 5G, VR content… the two groups share several common topics in the area of intelligent networks.
While Facebook recently unveiled at the last F8 conference its intentions in terms of “social VR”, requiring significant bandwidth, Orange, for its part, announced that it was in the test phase on 5G, during its last Show Hello. The two companies will also study “internal and external investment opportunities”, In particular via the fund of the operator Orange Digital Ventures. These start-ups will be able to receive up to 15,000 euros in funding.
“By working together, we hope to help identify and support innovation in telecommunications network infrastructure while paving the way for future discoveries.”, said Jay Parikh, Director of Engineering and Infrastructure at Facebook. The American is also continuing its integration into the French start-up ecosystem, after announcing the opening of a support program at Station F, the Parisian incubator.
A call for projects for Telecom Track is launched until May 14th. The start-ups will be hosted on the Orange Fab France campus in Châtillon.
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