5G campus networks are an important future market with a wide range of potential applications for industry, business and public institutions. At the IEEE 6G Summit in Dresden, Germany, leading representatives from the field of mobile communications came together to discuss the latest developments and project results.
The panel discussed how industry can deploy 5G campus networks in a promising way and build them up cost-effectively.
From left to right: Dr. Cedric Thienot, Firecell (stic5G, 5G-OPERA projects); Prof. Erich Zielinski, ICT Consulting (CampusOS project); Dr. Andreas Wilzek, Sennheiser (MERCI project); Jirka Klaue, Airbus (stic5G project). Moderated by Dr. Michael Kaiser, Smart Systems Hub (5G-OPERA project).
From May 9 to 11, 5G/6G experts met in Dresden to exchange ideas about the future (6G) and possible applications of the latest communication technologies at the IEEE 6G Summit.
A central building block for 5G solutions in the economy are non-public 5G networks, so-called campus networks. Both through the national technology program “5G Campus Networks” and with the Franco-German cooperation program “Franco-German Ecosystem for Private 5G Networks”, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) is helping to ensure that such solutions are comprehensively researched and tested.
Ecosystem for 5G campus networks: latest developments from 5G-OPERA and CampusOS.
At the 6G Summit, project activities and first results were presented during a well-attended kick-off workshop. As host and leader of the 5G-OPERA project, Prof. Frank Fitzek from TU Dresden together with Florian Kaltenberger from the French research institute Eurecom showed which 5G systems can be realized with European open source components and which opportunities lie in this development. The national lead project CampusOS also aims to build an ecosystem for 5G campus networks. To this end, the project team is testing wireless technologies in various industrial application scenarios. The two projects are working closely together and used the Summit for a broad technical exchange on the progress of the project work.
Creating added value through cross-border cooperation
The somewhat smaller Franco-German demonstration projects MERCI and stic5G, each of which is testing 5G campus networks in different domains, were also in on the action. The partners are already benefiting from the Franco-German exchange, as some components essential to the overall systems are manufactured and sold in only one country at a time. Together, the partners in the 5G-OPERA project are designing cost-effective end-to-end solutions that are based on open-source technologies and are specifically suited for setting up small private networks. Scientific exchange across national borders is also popular.
After the first joint activities of CampusOS and 5G-OPERA at the Hannover Messe, the scientific exchange was deepened on May 11 in the follow-up to the 6G Summit at the Dresden Messe. In addition to technical issues, the focus was also on economic aspects and, in particular, the costs of 5G campus networks.