Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson have switched on the first 5G standalone private network at the Center Connected Industry (CCI) at RWTH Aachen Campus.
After an initial trialing phase at the CCI campus Ericsson and Telekom will prepare first deployments for evaluations on customer sites later this year.
“5G networks are particularly suited to industrial uses with demanding performance requirements,” said Antje Williams, SVP 5G Campus Networks, Deutsche Telekom, in a statement.
Engineers of Deutsche Telekom built the private network system on Ericsson‘s 5G standalone technology using Deutsche Telekom’s 5G spectrum. They built the private 5G network as an indoor solution integrated with an autonomous logistics device to demonstrate possible industry use cases.
The CCI comprises of scientific institutions and industrial companies of many sizes and branches. The collaboration in the CCI is focusing on the identification and development of new solutions and applications with the potential to increase productivity in customers’ industrial environment.
The 5G standalone private network provides dedicated connectivity on the campus area, as it is completely independent from the public network. The network server, standalone core and radio system are all located on the campus. Therefore, the data in the private network never leaves the campus area.
The 5G standalone architecture is best suited to support mission-critical applications that require an ultra-short response time.
Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson already set-up a dual slice campus network based on LTE last year.