Innovation Authority and Ministry of Communications grant five startups NIS 12.5 million for 5G pilots – CTech

The Israel Innovation Authority and the Ministry of Communications announced on Tuesday the five startups selected to receive total funding of NIS 12.5 million ($3.9 million) to conduct pilots using 5G technology.


Israeli company Monogoto was chosen to receive funds to conduct a pilot for a private 5G network at Israel Chemicals Ltd’s Dead Sea Works. Telecom City Connect will transfer video from a vast collection of cameras as part of a Smart City program based on a 5G network in cooperation with Cellcom. Elbit C4I and Cyber Systems will conduct a pilot for computing technologies for medical centers on top of a 5G network at Rambam Health Care Campus in cooperation with Pelephone. Edgehawk Security will initiate a pilot to examine advanced security solutions and MEC applications in a real time environment in cooperation with HOT Mobile. JpU will conduct an experiment to prove the feasibility of a 5G system in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure.


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As part of the joint program between the Ministry of Communication and the Israel Innovation Authority, the five Israeli companies will receive financial support at a rate of 20% – 50% of the approved R&D expenditure and up to 60% for a program with the potential of having an extraordinary impact on increasing the deployment and the use of advanced communications infrastructure and capabilities in Israel. An additional grant of 10% will be awarded in the event that the approved R&D activity is carried out in areas of national priority and also if the approved commissioning site is located in an area of national priority.

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“5G network applications are in development across the world. There is an opportunity for the Israeli tech industry to become a leading force in this sector,” said Director General of the Ministry of Communications, Liran Avisar Ben-Horin.


“The deployment of 5G will lead to growth in GDP, productivity and additional improvements in socio-economic measurements,” said Ami Appelbaum, Chief Scientist and the Chairman of the Board of the Israel Innovation Authority. “The World Bank claims that a 10% increase in the penetration of broadband infrastructure can improve GDP by between 1.21% and 1.38%. There is no doubt that this growth is necessary for the Israeli economy, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic and after it, when more and more working capacities are moving online.”



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