Telekom to build 5G campus network
Written by: Richard Hook | Published:

Deutsche Telekom has announced plans to build a 5G campus network at the Future Factory Hub in Berlin.

The German telecoms giant is working with Osram Licht to wirelessly connect machines in a real production environment at the research campus being built in the Werner-von-Siemens Centre in Berlin. Campus networks are exclusive mobile networks covering a defined local campus offering a closed wireless network and stronger data security than public networks.

Telekom has announced it will build its 5G campus network in the 5G thematic area of the Future Factory Hub where applications for autonomous production logistics are being researched and tested. As part of a project funded by the Berlin Senate, researchers hope to discover autonomous production solutions based on 5G and edge computing which can be quickly transferred into the production technology practice of companies.

The 5G campus network will cover the Future Factory Hub building and its outdoor areas and will initially enable the operation of autonomously driving logistical transport vehicles.

Lutz Scneider, who is responsible for autonomous logistics solutions at Telekom’s customer division T-Systems, said: "We are pleased to be able to support research and development of innovative industrial solutions based on ultra-fast mobile communications and edge computing.

"We are interested in making these modern technologies practically usable for companies, for example to speed up internal logistical processes in production."

The campus network cannot be accessed from the public network, however a “dual slice solution” means the two are still connected in the opposite direction to enable companies to communicate with partners, external service providers, or suppliers.

The Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science is located in the Siemensstadt 2.0 district of Berlin and also hosts projects led by Siemens, Fraunhofer and Gestalt Robotics.

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