Bcom obtains €30m in government funding to develop *xG*

Bcom campus. Pic by Fred Pieau

The Technology Research Institute b<>com has just received €30 million in French Government funding to develop *xG*, a sovereign technology strategy for private digital infrastructure, 5G and beyond. According to the press release, this initiative will provide skilled jobs now and new European tech innovations in 2022 and 2023 for a European market in private networks projected to be worth about €30bn by 2030. The solutions that will be developed as part of the b<>com *xG* initiative will meet the operational needs of businesses and infrastructure operators.

Future generations of digital infrastructure will enable new fields of application through the use of more agile and open technologies that allow for improved bandwidth, much lower latency, a variety of connected objects, and better energy performance. They will also transform businesses by becoming accessible to the IT teams of companies and institutions that will be able to choose to deploy and operate them on their own private networks.

The options that will be developed by b<>com *xG* are to be aimed at companies in general, and more particularly vital infrastructure operators, including public safety and defense, utilities (like water and energy), manufacturing, the cultural and creative sectors, and health care.

The first technologies are expected in 2022, with major innovations coming by 2023.

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