5G Barcelona agrees to use Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as 5G testing ground

5G Barcelona agrees deal with Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

5G Barcelona has signed a collaboration agreement with famous motorsport venue Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to become a testing ground for 5G technology and its application at large-crowd events like the Spanish F1 Grand Prix.

5G Barcelona is a public-private initiative that works towards transforming the metropolitan area of Barcelona into an open and neutral urban laboratory for the validation and adopting of 5G technologies.

The agreement will specifically encourage progress in the application of 5G technology in sectors such as mobility, entertainment and sport through the development of knowledge on neutral experimental platforms.

The race track’s distinctive value lies in the holding of three world championships, the Spanish F1 Grand Prix, the Catalan MotoGP Grand Prix and the Rallycross World Championships, all of which draw in over 350,000 spectators combined. 

This combination of factors (sports facilities, technology and massive concentration of people) make Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya one of the world’s leading sites for testing 5G’s most characteristic features such as low latency, bandwidth and edge computing.

With the capacity for testing the technology 320 days per year, Joan Fontserè, General Director of Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, emphasised that the initiative will help to “position the Circuit as a technological benchmark in the development of the 5G network.”

Representing 5G Barcelona, Carlos Grau, CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, said: “We are building an increasingly cohesive ecosystem for testing 5G technology in the region, and are working with leading players such as Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, that attract the world’s attention in their sectors, to create projects with a global impact.”

The technology platform’s implementation is aimed at detecting possible pilot projects which, based on a first test at the Circuit, may become initiatives in their own right.

5G Barcelona and Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will therefore work throughout the year to tie the Circuit’s regular activity - training sessions, driving courses and other events - in with entrepreneurs and the mobility, sport and entertainment industry.

The first workshop for this industry will be held on 12 June 2019 with a view to identifying needs and jointly designing new innovative experiences using 5G technology.