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Launch of the 5G test field in Berlin

5G Week in Berlin marked the announcement of the official start to the city's 5G test fields. Prognoses for the future 5G network were also released.

05 Jan. 2017 Jörn Brien

5G: Launch of 5G test field in Berlin

5G Berlin
5G should turn Berlin into a digital metropolis. (Illustration: Fraunhofer Institute)

The new 5G wireless generation should be market-ready in 2020 . Several companies are working on implementation of rapid mobile Internet, which will primarily be used for digital business applications in Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things and vehicle communication. At the 5G Week industry event, Fraunhofer Institutes Fokus and ÖFIT joined Deutsche Telekom and Nokia in officially launching the 5G test field at Berlin's Ernst-Reuter-Platz, as Heise Online reports .

5G is one of the decisive factors that Berlin intends to use to become a digital metropolis in the coming years. As regional media already reported last summer, the 5G test field will be conducted using transmitters on the former Telefunken tower, with a radius of about a kilometer. By 2020, 5G technology should be market-ready and enable data rates of up to 10 gigabits per second. Vodafone even wants to achieve data rates of up to 15 gigabits per second by 2030.

Advantages and drawbacks of 5G for society

In their recent predictions for the future of 5G, the Fraunhofer Institutes describe the advantages and drawbacks of the new generation of wireless communication for society. According to the 5G trend report from ÖFIT, this rapid wireless will perform as well as private fiber optic networks. However, ÖFIT also warns of society's increasing reliance on information technology. Fraunhofer Institute Fokus believes that web intelligence is growing overall. Augmented reality could become a killer app for 5G, according to the researchers. But its key use will be in the commercial sector, such as for vehicle-to-vehicle communication .