- Telefónica Deutschland (O2 Germany) flagged the opening of a 5G campus network in Berlin in collaboration with network partner Nokia, which is providing the small cell‑based indoor network for the project.
Telefónica Deutschland (O2 Germany) flagged the opening of a 5G campus network in Berlin in collaboration with network partner Nokia, which is providing the small cell‑based indoor network for the project.
O2 Germany appears to have a two‑pronged ambition for the campus network.
On one hand, the network will upgrade the operator’s existing BASECAMP venue, which already contains a co‑working and meeting space, into a “5G Innovationsraum” (innovation space) to showcase the benefits of 5G technology.
It is also expected to serve as a demonstration of O2 Germany’s expertise in building and operating campus networks, a market expected to come to the fore as 5G evolves, as noted by O2’s partner Nokia.
5G has to work equally well indoors and out. Modern building materials and the use of higher-frequency bands for 5G make it more difficult to bring connectivity into the building from the outside. Indoor solutions are, therefore, an important component of 5G networks. They bring 5G connectivity to office buildings, shopping malls, [and] function rooms, as well as factories and industrial buildings. ”
— Álvaro Sánchez, Head of Telefónica Germany and Spain Account, Nokia.
The operating business has already participated in test cases for the technology, for example, it teamed-up with Mercedes‑Benz and Ericsson to deploy a 5G network at the automaker’s Factory 56 in Sindelfingen in Germany to augment production processes (Telefónicawatch, #136). The efforts also align with the strong interest at Group level in the provision of “hybrid” campus networks that combine public and private LTE and (or) 5G networks in order to support industrial environments (Telefónicawatch, #134 and #138).
Other Telefónica 5G research projects currently underway in Germany include:
- 5G TechCity in Munich, a joint testing project with Huawei Technologies (Telefónicawatch, #125 and passim).
- 5G Today, which is examining the potential of broadcasting television using the 700MHz frequency range in collaboration with Germany’s Institute for Broadcasting Technology, broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, antenna manufacturer Kathrein (presumably now Ericsson, following acquisition), and Rohde & Schwarz (Telefónicawatch, #125).
- Ericsson‑led 5G‑ConnectedMobility consortium (Telefónicawatch, #112 and #138).