Test before invest

Orange has inaugurated its second 5G laboratory in Romania, located in Iași. This technology hub is dedicated primarily to the automotive sector, providing a space for academia, startups, and companies from the Moldova region to innovate and test 5G-based solutions. The project is a collaboration between Orange, the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi (TUIASI), and Continental.

The new 5G laboratory at TUIASI will complement the one in Bucharest, with a significant focus on research and development for future transportation and mobility solutions. In this regard, Continental Iași and Orange Romania are collaborating on developing a solution for smart intersections, aimed at enhancing road safety and laying the groundwork for autonomous driving.


Orange 5G Lab – a space for innovation

The Orange 5G Lab in Iasi is equipped with technologies that will be available in the commercial network in the future, which can only be tested today in a laboratory environment:

  • 5G Standalone Virtualized User Plane Function – the local component that processes the traffic
  • 5G and makes the connection with the core network of Orange 5G Lab Bucharest;
  • 5G New Radio – the radio access component of the 5G infrastructure;
  • Open RAN & Open Core – separation of software from hardware and virtualization of the radio network or the core network that allow the system to run on CoTS (Commercial-of-the-shelf);
  • Edge Computing allows reducing the distance between users (applications) and services (data) and facilitates the guarantee of transmission latencies and throughput as required by services and applications.


The telecommunications architecture available in the Orange 5G laboratory in Iasi will open new opportunities for businesses in the Moldova region, will contribute to the regional economy and accelerate the digitalization of several economic sectors with the help of 5G, such as: automotive and autonomous cars, smart cities, transport and logistics, e-health, cyber security, green technology, etc.

“This collaboration with the local and national economic ecosystem has a triple role. Firstly, the transformation of the ideas of TUIASI researchers and students into innovation is accelerated. Secondly, the laboratory is open to the local innovation community, being able to act as a testing platform for prototype applications from the entrepreneurial environment. Then, the infrastructure in the laboratory will provide consistent application support for educational activities in the area of cutting-edge technologies, such as 5G connectivity, IoT, distributed signal processing or artificial intelligence”

Field of Application

Solutions for the automotive sector, for safer intersections and for urban mobility.