• Industry4.0 applications deployed at industrial technology testbed.
  • DT’s campus 5G portfolio continues to grow.
  • Once-dissenting German operators now planning to use licence-based campus networks for service and technology development.
  • Steady growth in 5G local frequency allocations maintained, reaching 88 organisations in the first year.

 

Accenture added to Deutsche Telekom’s Campus Network ecosystem

Accenture added to Deutsche Telekom’s Campus Network ecosystem

Source: Antoine Beauvillain / Unsplash

IT service provider Accenture is trialling campus network technology with Deutsche Telekom (DT) at its IndustryX.0 Innovation Centre (IndustryX) located in Essen’s Zollverein colliery complex in Germany.

DT’s Senior Vice-President for 5G Campus Networks Antje Williams flagged DT’s involvement on LinkedIn following a recent Accenture-hosted event, called 5Gfor industry —from vision to implementation, held at the same location.

Johannes Greß, Head of Accenture’s Industry X.0 Innovation Centre posted images of the event (again via LinkedIn), one of which suggests the campus (described as a “smart plant”) is leveraging 5G connectivity to test drone technology, while piloting augmented reality (AR), automation, data analytics, and Internetof Things (IoT) solutions to optimise operational efficiency in an industrial setting.

Industry X, Essen

Industry X, Essen

Source: Accenture

The IndustryX lab is a testbed for disruptive technology, from proof‑of-concept, to leveraging 3D printing and AR to simulate potential uses, design, and testing, all the way to incubation and rollout. Accenture holds a network of IndustryX labs across the globe, with footing in Africa, Asia‑Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Incidentally, there is another IndustryX site based in Garching, near Munich, including a 5G campus network with a go‑to‑market focus, following Accenture’s recent tie‑up with Nokia, to form Nokia Accenture Business Group, and provide their customers with a private LTE/5G‑ready network as a testbed.

Another one…

The Accenture-DT collaboration adds to DT’s growing list of public campus network deployments across Europe (with technology provider Ericsson as its strategic partner (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #93, #97, #98, and passim).

DT setting up camp

The DT–Accenture collaboration adds to DT’s growing list of public campus network deployments across Europe — with Ericsson as its strategic partner — as the operator seeks a return on investment for its expanding 5G campus network portfolio and client base (which is listed below — Deutsche Telekomwatch #98, #97, #93, and passim).

By making its 5G allocation public, Accenture joins a growing list of businesses acquiring their own spectrum holdings following Germany’s liberation of localised mid‑band (3.7GHz/3.8GHz) rights for agricultural, industrial, and research organisations. Regulator Bundesnetzagentur highlighted in October 2020 that it had approved just under 95% of local 5G network applications as of 21 September 2020 (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #93 and #98).

DT Campus Network activity, to November 2020.
 Source: DT; DeutscheTelekomwatch.
Strategic partner
  • Ericsson
Solution partners
  • Cradlepoint: industrial wireless routers.
  • Dynabook: AR smart glasses.
  • EK Automation on automated guided vehicle systems.
  • Endress+Hauser connected sensors.
  • Konica Minolta lightweight augmented reality glasses.
  • InSystems Automation: AVG systems.
  • RealWare: AR smart glasses.
Named deployments
  • Accenture: 5G testbed for industrial connectivity technologies, launched in late-October 2020.
  • BMW Group: DT‑/Ericsson-supported network at Leipzig plant. “Initially” LTE‑based. In operation as of February 2020.
  • BorgWarner Oroszlány: Magyar Telekom ‑/Ericsson-supported 4G network at automotive component plant. Being tested, as of December 2019. “Could be upgraded to 5G”.
  • Graz University of Technology: Magenta Telekom-supported 5G campus network, was set to go live by late‑June 2020. 19 partners involved.
  • KODRONA: Research project using drone technology via transportation of medical supplies to hospitals in the city of Siegen, for example.
  • OSRAM: DT‑/Ericsson-supported dual‑sliced campus network at Schwabmünchen, announced in February 2019. Initially LTE‑based. Combined with DT edge cloud (EdgAIR).
  • RWTH Aachen University: Connected Industry Center, ostensibly DT’s main testbed.
  • Technical University of Ostrava: campus network to be supported by T‑Mobile Czech Republic and go live by end‑June 2020. “Further expansion to follow after launch”.
  • University of Zagreb: 4G/5G testbed for Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, supported by Hrvatski Telekom.
  • ZF Friedrichshafen: DT‑/Ericsson-supported network. Described as test in early‑2019.
Products
  • Campus Network L: Large customer-focused. Uses dedicated antennae and servers for “exclusive” local core network.
  • Campus Network M: Focused on small‑ and medium-size enterprises. Public network‑/VPN‑based.
  • Campus Network S: Smaller customer-focused. Geared towards “improved public mobile communications coverage”.

T‑Systems and Telefónica jump on licenced campus 5G bandwagon

The Accenture partnership came shortly before it emerged that T‑Systems and Telefónica Deutschland (O2) are on the list of organisations that have been granted ‘local’ 5G allocations in Germany, the first time that telecoms operators have explicitly featured in the roll call.

Also present is Verizon Deutschland, the enterprise service provider that is part of the US-based Verizon Communications group.

Germany’s Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Networks Agency/BNetzA), which is spearheading private 5G licensing in Europe, said it had received 93 local 5G network applications as of 13 November 2020, with 88 granted.

This represents a moderate increase from September 2020, when approvals stood at 74, and points to steadily rising demand for localised, mid‑band (3.7GHz/3.8GHz) rights for agricultural, industrial, and research organisations. Approvals stood at 43 in April 2020; the nation’s liberalisation of the rights commenced a year ago.

Organisations also still appear increasingly willing to make their 5G allocations public. Now, BNetzA has been permitted to publish details of 51 applicants, up from 38 in September 2020.

Building a head of steam

Mobile network operators, including DT, were initially critical of BNetzA’s ‘industry band’ plan. Having failed to block it, they now pitch themselves as key campus network partners, pushing for end‑to‑end responsibility across connectivity, service, and solutions.

A spokesperson for O2 said the BNetzA 5G campus network licence will support a private 5G network at its Munich premises for internal research and testing purposes.

Like DT, O2 is already providing private 5G network solutions to enterprise customers. One high-profile project is the deployment of a 5G campus network for Mercedes‑Benz Cars at Factory56 in Sindelfingen, in collaboration with Ericsson. O2 also partnered with Nokia for its first 5G private network deployment at BASECAMP, with the supplier providing a small‑cell‑based indoor network for the project (Telefónicawatch, #141).

While not yet a publicly-declared licence holder, Vodafone Germany previously indicated that it is working with almost 200 organisations on 5G campus networks. Publicly confirmed projects include a collaboration with e.GO and Ericsson on electric car production, and a partnership with Lufthansa Technik and Nokia on the construction of a 5G campus network at an aircraft hangar at Hamburg Airport (Vodafonewatch, #185).

Organisations confirmed as having been granted a 5G local 3.7GHz/3.8GHz concession, 21 September 2020–13 November 2020
 Source: Bundesnetzagentur.
Accenture GmbH Professional services
Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

Defence and aerospace

Congiv GmbH

IT and telecoms solutions

Hochschule Reutlingen

University

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) - wbk Institut für Produktionstechnik 

Production technology research

Sartorius Corporate Administration

Accounting and professional services

SETUP Protokolltester GmbH

Computer and software distribution

SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co.KG

Drive technology manufacturer

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

Technical university

Telefónica Germany

Telecoms operator

TeleRetail GmbH

Autonomous driving technology

T-Systems International GmbH

Enterprise services

Verizon Deutschland

Enterprise services