Which technology is in high demand

High demand for industrial 5G campus networks

One year after the award conditions for local industrial and agricultural mobile networks came into force, almost 90 applications have already been received by the Federal Network Agency. While commercial 5G technology is already available for end customers, industrial 5G is still in the process of standardization and is being brought to market maturity in automation technology.

New fields of application through 5G campus networks
“Industrial 5G campus networks develop completely new fields of application with automation technology, for example in flexible, networked production or the monitoring of systems. The diverse fields of application are future-proof for the electrical industry, ”says Herbert Wegmann, General Manager Digital Connectivity and Power at Siemens AG, Digital Industries, Process Automation and Chairman of the ZVEI Steering Committee for Industrial Communication.

5G campus networks tested in the 3.7 to 3.8 GHz frequency range. This shows the great potential and underscores the opportunity to develop Germany into a leading market and leading provider for industrial mobile radio-based applications.

Reduction of development costs
“In machine and plant engineering, 5G campus networks in conjunction with an edge cloud are an important component for new technical solutions for mobile and stationary machines. The high security and low latency of
5G campus networks paired with the scalability of computing power in the cloud drastically reduce development costs. Real-time applications or other very computationally intensive systems, such as image processing or AI algorithms, benefit from this, "confirms Ansgar Bergmann, Technology & Innovation - CTR, Project Manager CTO, KION Group / Still GmbH and member of the VDMA 5G User Group.

5G as a prerequisite for digital transformation
Martin Schwibach, Industrial Connectivity & Industrial Mobility at BASF SE and committee member in the VCI for digitization, sees 5G campus networks as an important prerequisite for driving the digital transformation in the chemical industry: "Together with various providers, we are currently building a test environment in the production environment, to pilot 5G in various application areas. The entire process industry is breaking new ground with 5G. Close cooperation with partners is therefore particularly important in order to continuously learn from one another. In this way we can fully exploit the potential of the technology in the future. "

New forms of flexibility
Local campus networks enable companies to have complete control over their own data, tailor-made coverage of the company premises and network implementation that is independent of existing networks (such as WLAN). This opens up enormous potential for technological development and innovation in Germany. This creates the basis for realizing the Industry 4.0 vision. "For companies in the automotive industry, 5G campus networks enable the networking of plants and systems in production and thus create a new, very efficient form of flexibility," said Dr. Joachim Damasky, Managing Director of the VDA.

Companies have the option of setting up and operating their 5G mobile networks themselves or of having them planned and operated via public network operators and the network equipment industry. From the point of view of the industry associations VCI, VDA, VDMA and ZVEI, this competition in the area of ​​5G networks is an important step for the successful establishment of 5G technology in Germany.


Contact for the press:

Association of the Chemical Industry (VCI)
Oliver Claas, phone: +49 69 2556-1489, email: [email protected]

Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA)
Eckehart Rotter, phone: +49 30 897 842-120, email: [email protected]

Association of German Mechanical and Plant Engineering (VDMA)
Holger Paul, phone: +49 69 66 03-1922, email: [email protected]

Central Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry (ZVEI)
Thorsten Meier, phone: +49 69 6302-425, email: [email protected]