• 5G local frequency allocations now awarded to 74 organisations.
  • Huawei features.

German industry jostles for campus 5G

German industry jostles for campus 5G

Source: Deutsche Telekom

Telekom Deutschland (TDE) will be hoping that its pitch as a ‘safe pair of hands’ on campus networks will continue to resonate, as ‘local’ 5G allocations increase.

According to regulator Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Networks Agency/BNetzA), it had received 78 local 5G network applications as of 21 September 2020, with 74 granted and more anticipated. This represents a substantial increase from April 2020, when approvals stood at 43, and it appears that enterprises are embracing the nation’s liberalisation of localised mid‑band (3.7GHz/3.8GHz) rights for agricultural, industrial, and research organisations, which commenced in 2019.

BNetzA is now consulting on plans to make 24.25GHz–27.5GHz concessions available for local 5G applications. The deadline for comments on draft regulation was 31 August 2020.

In contrast to April 2020, organisations also appear increasingly willing to make their 5G allocations public. Previously, BASF (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #94), Mugler, and LS telcom were among the few divulging their intention to apply. Now, BNetzA has been permitted to publish details of 38 applicants. Although BASF does not feature on this new list, the chemical group has confirmed to Deutsche Telekomwatch that it is in receipt of 5G allocation for its Ludwigshafen site.

There are notable additions in the list, including Huawei Technologies in Düsseldorf (Vodafone Germany’s backyard) and carmakers Audi and Mercedes‑Benz, the former having partnered with TDE on 5G trials in the city of Ingolstadt (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #88). More recently, Audi teamed up with Ericsson on the use of 5G connectivity to support industrial robots.

Mercedes‑Benz, in turn, collaborated with Telefónica Deutschland (O2 Germany) and Ericsson on installation of a 5G campus network at its new Factory56 in Sindelfingen (Telefónicawatch, #146).

If you can’t beat ‘em…

Mobile network operators had been critical of the BNetzA’s ‘industry band’ plan. Failing to block it, they now pitch themselves as key campus network partners, pushing for end‑to‑end responsibility across connectivity, service, and solutions.

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 Audi, BASF, BMW, and OSRAM (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #93). In 2018 and 2019, TDE, the Hamburg Port Authority, and Nokia also tested different 5G applications at the Port of Hamburg (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #85).

Vodafone Germany indicated that it is working with almost 200 organisations on 5G campus networks. Publicly confirmed projects include the operator’s collaboration with e.GO and Ericsson on electric car production, and partnership with Lufthansa Technik and Nokia on the construction of a 5G campus network at an aircraft hangar at Hamburg Airport (Vodafonewatch, #185).

O2 Germany 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).

OrganisationCore area
Organisations granted a 5G local midband, 3.7GHz/3.8GHz concession, at 20 September 2020*
Note: * List is incomplete.
Sources: BNetzA; TelcoTitans.com.



Bayerische Funknetz

Campus network specialist

Bayerische Rundfunk

Bavarian Broadcasting

Centrum für Digitalisierung, Führung und Nachhaltigkeit Schwarzwald



IT services

Corning Services

Telecom network installation

Deutsche Messe

Trade fair

Evonik Industries

Speciality chemicals

EZcon Network

IT services

Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen IIS

Integrated circuits research

Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie IPT

Production technology research

Geo Data Gesellschaft für geographische Datenverarbeitung

GEO DATA, broadband deployment


Vehicle automation

Huawei Technologies

Network equipment provider

Institut für industrielle Informationstechnik (inIT/TH OWL)

IT and automation research

LS telcom

Spectrum management

Media Broadcast GmbH

Broadcast services



ml&s Manufacturing, Logistics & Services

Electronic components

MRK Media



Telecoms systems integrator

N.A.T. Gesellschaft für Netzwerk‑ und Automatisierungs‑Technologie


Netz Leipzig

Utilities distribution

NTT Data Deutschland

Systems integrator

Phoenix Contact Electronics

Industrial automation

Rohde & Schwarz

Test equipment

RWTH Aachen University

IT centre

Schäberle Vermögensverwaltung


Seven Principles

IT services


Network consulting

Stuttgart University

Research university

Technische Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)

Technical university


Infrastructure installation and services

thyssenkrupp Elevator Innovation and Operations



Network deployment

umlaut communications

Network consultants

Wirtschaftsförderung im Landkreis Harburg

Management consultants

WISTA Management

Science and technology park, Berlin-Adlershof