Introducing Campus 5G Networks in Germany

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Why they matter, momentum, and industry 4.0

Germany is the cradle of the industry 4.0 concept, a program that in its basic form aims to better leverage data and connectivity to optimize and digitize processes in industrial verticals, thus providing German industries with an advantage when competing on a global scale. A key part of the Industry 4.0 framework is the realization that to create these data-driven industries, the whole ecosystem should come together with an innovation driven mentality which would underpin the use and adoption of various new technologies to achieve benefits from automation to digital transformation.

Within this context and the channeling of IoT technologies to connect an ever-increasing number of diverse assets, 5G, and particularly campus 5G emerged as a key solution able to help the country’s transformation. The expansion of campus 5G is being facilitated by the Government commitment to provide 100 MHz of spectrum in the 3.7–3.8GHz band directly to the enterprise with the Government also ensuring for this spectrum to be easily obtainable, by any type of enterprise interested in testing or deploying campus 5G.

Besides the positive regulatory framework, campus 5G is becoming an increasingly important solution as it provides key advantages versus other solutions. For instance, in terms of performance, campus 5G can support multiple requirements from IoT to voice, while also meeting the security and data privacy needs of enterprises that would not want proprietary or confidential data to leave their premise and control.

These factors helped foster a market where Campus 5G has quickly gained momentum and has brought together disparate ecosystems of partners and enterprises from private networks vendors, to industrial champions, and educational institutions. As of the second quarter of 2021, campus 5G network rollouts represented 20% of all activities in the market, making Germany one of the leading markets for campus 5G adoption.

As the country continues to accelerate from trials to network rollouts and as the ecosystem matures, it becomes clear that the rise of campus 5G networks and the promises of digital data-driven industries developed by the Industry 4.0 framework will be increasingly interrelated, and that campus 5G will become a critical clog enabling the digitization journey of German enterprises. Whether a large international car manufacturer or a medium enterprise with business or mission critical connectivity needs, campus 5G will be tailored to support disparate needs.

As an enterprise, it is time to start your campus 5G journey and ensure you can count on the right partners with experience in manufacturing, with the right ecosystem partners, and able to help transform your business and stay competitive on the global stage.

One solution targeting this market is QCT Enterprise 5G solution, which is an end-to-end in-house developed solution inclusive of OmniRAN (remote radio unit – RRU, fronthaul gateway – FHGW, baseband unit – BBU), 5G SA core – OmniCore, plus an operation administration, and management (OAM) software platform OmniView integrated with the hardware infrastructure powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors. Key features of the solution include configurability and flexibility, ease of use and management, and security, availability, and redundancy.


Pablo Tomasi, Principal Analyst Private Networks

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