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Europe’s first 5G network online in Berlin

In Berlin-Schöneberg, Telekom has commissioned the first 5G antennas in Europe, which are now up and running in a real-world environment. The aim is to demonstrate the performance of the future communications standard.

18 Oct. 2017
Source: Deutsche Telekom AG

The four antennas in Berlin come from Huawei and enable rapid transmission rates of 2GB/s on individual terminal devices. Since the 5G standard is not yet finalized, Telekom in Berlin is working with a pre-standard: 5G New Radio (5G NR), as the mobile network component will be called. In 2018, the foundation will be laid for expansion to a major benchmark, according to Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, technical director at Telekom. 5G is set to launch worldwide in 2020.

The management of 5G networks is software-controlled, programmable and holistic. As a result, a very wide range of services can be offered. Telekom is demonstrating the possibilities in Berlin based on an augmented reality (AR) application for a Carrera racetrack, among others. The 5G network provides additional information on the car race in real-time on AR glasses.

But the network operator may be facing competition in establishing 5G: As reported in the Wirtschaftswoche , a weekly magazine for business news, the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI) has demanded that the Federal Network Agency allow private 5G networks. Their reasoning: The companies do not want to be dependent on the infrastructure of a specific network operator.