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Germany and France to Support Four Joint Cooperation Projects on 5G Applications for Private Networks

For almost 60 years now, the Franco-German friendship has been characterized by close relations between civil societies and institutions. The cooperation is generating four new projects on 5G applications, funded by France and Germany with a total of 17.7 million euros. The funding aims to strengthen the European ecosystem for private networks in 5G telecommunications. The projects are Franco-German collaborations in both countries.

Robert Habeck, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, said: “I am looking forward to an intensive collaboration between France and Germany. This is an important step in order to drive the economy forward with the help of state-of-the-art technologies. The selected consortia will make major progress in the field of private 5G networks. Thus, we are taking another big step forward in terms of digital sovereignty for 5G in Europe. And it also shows that our intention is not only to introduce the latest mobile communications standards, but also to help shape this transformation.”

Bruno Le Maire, Minister for the Economy, Finance and Recovery, issued the following statement: “The winning projects we announced today will strengthen innovation collaborations between France and Germany on telecommunications networks. The constitution of a Franco-German sovereign ecosystem on 5G and future telecommunications network technologies will play a key role to position Europe at the forefront of innovation in 5G and its evolutions. 5G will be a competitive factor for our industry and, more widely, our economy.”

Back in 2020, the two nations agreed to strengthen cooperation in the field of 5G applications and launched a call for funding for innovation projects in May 2021. With the four winning projects, the 16 German and 14 French partners involved will demonstrate the added value of 5G in various application scenarios such as in Industry 4.0, in business parks or in smart operating rooms.
A virtual kick-off meeting was held on January 19, 2022, where the Franco-German consortia presented their projects.

The 5G-OPERA project will create a Franco-German ecosystem in the field of private 5G networks (“campus networks”) with open and/or virtualised hardware and software solutions on the basis of an open architecture. In addition to running Industrie 4.0 testbeds in both countries, 5G-OPERA will support the trials of the three selected demonstration projects (see below).
Partners: Fraunhofer IIS (GER), Fraunhofer HHI (GER), IABG (ALL), NXP (GER), Smart Systems Hub (GER), TU Berlin (GER), TU Dresden (GER), Xelera (GER), Alsatis (FR), AW2S (FR), CEA-Leti (FR), Ekinops (FR), Eurecom (FR), Kalray (FR), IRT b-com (FR), NXP (FR)

The 5G4BP project aims to implement a European sovereign solution and to establish open 5G networks in business parks and in communities which have not yet been covered by public mobile communications networks. These 5G networks will be based on an open architecture.
Partners: Highstreet Technologies (GER), Xelera Technologies (GER), 6Wind (FR), Alsatis (FR), AW2S (FR), Spectronite (FR)

The 5G FORUM project is yet another initiative which brings together German and French stakeholders from industry and academia in an effort to develop wireless 5G solutions for operating theatres. The aim is to devise simple and safe solutions for installing and networking essential medical equipment, and to enable surgeons to make better use of telesupport as needed. As a result, the project will optimise surgeons’ working environment, which in turn will deliver improvements to patient care. The solutions will be tested at Aachen University Hospital. In a second phase, a similar environment will be launched in Grenoble.
Partners: RWTH Aachen University (GER), Surgitaix (GER), Uniklinik RWTH Aachen (GER), AMA (FR), Haventure (FR)

The 5G-OR project will enable the development of a wirelessly networked operating theatre in a private 5G network environment and support, in particular, personalised and safe minimally invasive procedures. In this way, the use of 5G is also to help improve quality of treatment. The interoperable demonstrators will be used in hospitals in Berlin, Mannheim and Strasbourg.
Partners: Fraunhofer IPA (GER), Hochschule Reutlingen (GER), SectorCon Ingenieurgesellschaft für System- und Softwaretechnik mbH (GER), KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG (GER), Charité Berlin (GER), IHU Strasbourg (FR), IRT b-com (FR), RDS (FR)