July 18, 2016

Testing of the next-generation mobile wireless standard 5G in Berlin

The next-generation fast wireless data transmission standard 5G is being tested in Berlin. The Senate Department for Economics and the Deutsche Telekom intend to cooperate in the setup of a test site. They will sign a contract with the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute, HHI in Berlin over the next few days in order to promote research and the introduction of the new mobile network.

The information technology and telecommunication sector views fifth-generation (5G) mobile wireless as an opportunity for Germany to regain more power in the technology business. With market readiness slated for the year 2020, the technology supporting data rates of up to 10 Gbit/s will be much faster than the current LTE standard.

An intelligent communication infrastructure is being set up with the 5G test site in Berlin. This network of the future will not be designed just for telephony and data services. It is a universal network for device communication. The parallel development of the infrastructure, the development of applications with the involvement of start-ups and testing of the first applications makes the Berlin test site unique among international competitors.

Next-generation transmitters will be installed on the former Telefunken high-rise on Ernst-Reuter-Platz near Berlin Technical University in Charlottenburg among other places. They can cover a radius of about one kilometre. 5G applications such as the developments at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and Fokus can be tested in real time in these zones.