Cookies

In order to give you a better service Deutsche Messe uses cookies. If you continue we assume that you consent to receive cookies on all Deutsche Messe websites. Legal Notes

OK
5G

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
Cebit-ID19-023ds_erste-5g-antenne
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.