Deutsche Telekom launches enterprise 5G projects for industrial campuses

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Deutsche Telekom has announced a series of private 5G networks for industrial campuses, working with Ericsson.

The company is integrating its 5G network with industrial customers’ own IT system, with data stored in an edge cloud. The 5G network connects faster than conventional Wifi, said Deutsche Telekom.

“Our development of a complete 5G ecosystem for industry will accelerate the pace of digitisation in industry,” said Claudia Nemat (pictured), board member for technology and innovation at Deutsche Telekom. “This will strengthen Germany’s position in global competition.”

The company is working with guided vehicle company EK Automation, near Hamburg, with the German branch of Japanese optical company Konica Minolta, and with a Swiss automation company, Endress+Hauser.

Nemat said: “We enjoy working with renowned and experienced partners. More and more industries are being added. In this way, our offering is becoming increasingly complete.”

Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson announced in August a strategic partnership to serve industrial enterprise customers with campus networks. Earlier this month Deutsche Telekom announced the launch of public 5G in five German cities, Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Darmstadt and Munich, with Hamburg and Leipzig to be added by the end of 2019.

Jan Drömer, CIO of EK Automation, said: “The new 5G mobile communications standard with data rates of more than one gigabit per second opens up new possibilities for us. For example, we can coordinate many transport robots in this way.”

Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser group, said: “The 5G campus networks open a second signal path that is independent of the control system. This enables us to link value chains more closely across company boundaries and make industrial processes more efficient.”