Vodafone Italia has teamed up with the PoliHub incubator of Milan’s Politecnico university to launch ‘Action for 5G’, the first startup call devoted to development of projects based on the 5G standard in Italy, according Telecompaper. The company pledged to allocate EUR 10 million over four years to promote projects in areas such as robotics, augmented and virtual reality as well as 5G-based apps and digital solutions covering the industry 4.0, healthcare, smart city, smart grid, security and entertainment sectors.
Interested startups have until 31 March to submit their proposal via the dedicated ‘Action for 5G’ website, with the first projects chosen by a board made up of experts from Vodafone Italia, Vodafone Foundation, Politecnico di Milano and venture capitalists in May and June. The selected startups will access a development phase between September and December 2018 and may be included in the company’s Milan-based trial of 5G technologies via the 3.6-3.8 GHz band.