Leading industries in Germany initiated a consortium to accelerate 5G R&D in Germany and facilitate the integration of technology requirements from various industries into upcoming international 5G-standardisation activities. A testing platform has been created in Germany with the objective of being replicated later at EU level.
A joint investment driving 5G R&D
The consortium brings together 17 leading companies in 22 different industries including automotive,
industry 4.0 and banking to develop an innovation platform where industries, operators and academia can experiment and cooperate. This platform is a network infrastructure and application environment for 5G analysis and testing in real time for vehicle-tovehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and railway-to-infrastructure. It consists of a test track of 30 km along the A9 motorway and a highspeed railway in Bavaria, Germany. Different projects have been developed on this infrastructure.
Ericsson involved in a collaborative project with government support.
Ericsson initiates “5G-ConnectedMobility”, a 5G research & development project with cross-industry consortium on the “Digital Test Field Motorway”in Germany.
5G-ConnectedMobility creates a dedicated network infrastructure and application environment for 5G analysis and testing in real-time for Vehicle-to-vehicle, Vehicle-to-infrastructure, and Railway-to-infrastructure. The project is based on a test track of approx. 30 km along the A9 motorway and a high speed railway track between Nuremberg-Feucht and Greding in Bavaria, Germany. Founding Members of the “5G-ConnectedMobility” consortium are Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, the three German mobile network operators with Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone, the TU Dresden 5G Lab Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Federal Regulatory Agency (BNetzA). The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Bavarian Road Construction Administration support the project.
The objective is to accelerate 5G Research & Development (R&D) in Germany and in Europe as well as facilitating the integration of technology requirements from various industries into upcoming international 5G standardization activities.
A consortium led by Nokia for real-time communication between vehicles
In November 2015, Continental, Deutsche Telekom AG, Fraunhofer ESK, and Nokia demonstrated real-time communication between vehicles via the LTE cell network on the German Motorway A9. This was the first project arising from the “Innovation Charter for the digital A9 motorway test bed”. It was demonstrated how vehicles on the motorway can share hazard information using the LTE network of Deutsche Telekom with extremely short transmission times. Follow-up projects are ongoing.