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Diffusion of 5G campus networks in Germany

Publication within the scope of the 5Guarantee project funded by the State of NRW

Locally assigned frequencies in the 3.7 GHz range enable the establishment of 5G campus networks in Germany. Currently, innovative applications in the field of Industry 4.0 or intralogistics are already possible with 5G. However, the development of 5G campus networks is an evolutionary process. It will take several more years until 5G will enable all application which support the digitalization of industrial processes.

The deployment of 5G campus networks is an evolutionary process that is still in its early stages. So far, there have already been more than 300 local frequency assignment in the 3.7 GHz range (as of 15.03.2023). To our knowledge, however, the implementation of 5G campus networks often does not yet take place or, if it does, is only very focused on specific applications (e.g. localisation of mobile devices such as forklifts or mini-robots, wear and tear of milling machines) in real operation. Thus, it is predominantly field and test trials that are carried out. The reasons for this are the high costs for setting up a 5G campus network and the current lack of software and hardware. In addition, there is still considerable uncertainty when it comes to sounding out the possible applications and a subsequent realisation.

The importance of 5G in applications for 5G campus networks outside the mass market will increase with the recently adopted Release 17 and the upcoming Release 18.