MUNICH Bavaria's Secretary of State for the Economy, Katja Hessel, today opened Smart Mobile Labs – an independent innovation centre for applications related to the mobile phone technology Long Term Evolution (LTE) – on the premises of Nokia Siemens Networks in Munich. Smart Mobile Labs is an important milestone in driving forward digitalisation in Bavaria and an important interface in the network of Bavaria-based information and communications technology (ICT) and the high-technology user industry. The industry's great commitment to establishing and operating an independent innovation centre in itself is proof of the huge demand. Mobile networking of communications technology and applications is a challenge for both industries and service providers and a factor of success for the digital economy. The centre offers companies unique access to technologies and sector knowledge. "Innovations in mobile applications can be brought to marketability in a workshop-like environment," explains Ms. Hessel.
The laboratory in Bavaria offers interested companies and research institutions access to an extensive laboratory and test environment for innovative mobile applications that is unique in Germany. At the heart of Smart Mobile Labs is a complete LTE mobile phone network (the fourth generation of high-speed mobile phone network). As an open and neutral concept, the facility is available to users to develop and test mobile applications.
Dr. Herman Rodler, spokesman for Nokia Siemens Networks Germany, emphasises: "We are delighted to provide Smart Mobile Labs with our latest technical developments in Munich and to be able to contribute our expertise and leading market position in the field of mobile broadband and LTE to this future-oriented initiative."
Besides Secretary of State Hessel, BICCnet (Bavarian cluster for innovation and communications technology) and Nokia Siemens Networks, the company T-Systems and exhibitors BMW and the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication Systems will also participate in today's opening event, showing the widespread interest in LTE applications.
The facility has been set up as a result of the Mobile World Capital application and the dedication to the IT summit in 2011. Bavaria has the best conditions and customers for developing successful business models in future growth markets such as mobile broadband Internet and applications based thereon. The state is home to the partners and customers from the IT and user industry required to achieve this. As one of the world's most significant ICT locations with almost 40 per cent of the 83,000 companies active in this sector across Germany, Bavaria is gaining yet another milestone for its journey into the digital future with Smart Mobile Labs in Munich. More information on the Digital Bavaria initiative is available online at www.stmwivt.bayern.de/wirtschaft/digital-bavaria.