• Deutsche Telekom’s campus network push gets another four partners in AR, automation, and hardware.

DT expands private 5G partnerships

DT expands private 5G partnerships

Source: Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom (DT) expanded its campus network push with new partnerships in automation, augmented reality (AR), and network hardware.

DT’s Senior Vice‑President for 5G Campus Networks Antje Williams flagged the four additions to a campus network partner list that already includes EK Automation, Endress+Hauser, and Ericsson.

“A platform-based 5G partner ecosystem is key to providing end-to-end Campus Network offerings that respond to the special requirements of our industrial customers. We continue to grow our ecosystem of experienced partners across different areas.”

“Together with existing partners EK Automation, Endress+Hauser, and Ericsson, I look forward to intensive collaboration to co-creation and integrate new solutions for our customers.” — Williams.

Four new partners were flagged by Williams:

  • Cradlepoint, which has existing re‑seller partnerships with T‑Mobile US and Deutsche Telekom Group, brings its specialisation in wireless routers for industry.
  • AR developer dynabook, whose dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses combine a mini PC with AR glasses for Industry 4.0 use‑cases.
  • InSystems Automation, which is an automated guided vehicle (AVG) developer, and has previously been namechecked as a partner of DT in AVG testing. AVG is pegged as a key use‑case for 5G campus networks (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #77).
  • RealWare, which focuses on industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementation, using AR glasses for remote engineer support and training.

InSystems Automation was acquired in 2019 by ASTI Mobile Robotics, an established Telefónica partner. It is currently involved with the Madrid‑based 5TONIC innovation and research laboratory and Telefónica’s European Commission‑funded iNGENIOUS supply chain project (Telefónicawatch, #143).

DT has been steadily building up its go-to-market play around campus networks, supported by a strategic partnership with Ericsson and trial partners such as chemicals giant BASF, BMW, and OSRAM (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #93).

Named DT campus network partners, June 2020
Solution partnersFunction
Source: DT; companies.

Cradlepoint

Industrial wireless routers

dynabook

AR smart glasses

EKAutomation

AGV systems

Endress+Hauser

Connected sensors

Ericsson (strategic partner)

Network equipment and services

InSystems Automation

AGV systems

RealWare

AR smart glasses

German hotbed for private 5G trials

Following German regulator Bundesnetzagentur’s allocation of spectrum to non‑telcos, Germany has become a hotbed for 5G private network trials. Vodafone and Telefónica have joined DT in attempting to form programmes and partnerships to utilise this new privately‑owned spectrum, and avoid being pushed out of network deployments now that some private enterprises can go direct‑to‑vendor, cutting out the operator middle man.

  • Telefónica Deutschland opted for 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). The operator teamed with Ericsson for a 5G network trial for Mercedes‑Benz (Telefónicawatch, #136).
  • Vodafone Business partnered with Lufthansa Technik, the airline’s maintenance and repair arm, to trial a private 5G network in a hangar at Hamburg Airport. This is the result of a three-way partnership between Vodafone, Lufthansa Technik, and Nokia (Vodafonewatch, #185).