Association of municipal companies: More and more 5G campus networks in Germany

Ten municipal companies have already started to set up 5G campus networks or are about to do so. The Association of Municipal Enterprises (VKU) on May 29, 2020. Municipal companies could use the 5G networks themselves or build and operate them for the local economy.

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  1. City of Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt am Main
  2. Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf

Ingbert Liebing, General Manager of the VKU, said: “The initial situation is favorable in many places: Because with their electricity and fiber optic networks, municipal companies have already created the infrastructure basis for 5G antennas.”

The Federal Government has been issuing separate mobile radio frequencies since November 21, 2019, so that companies can set up their own 5G infrastructure independently of public networks. Depending on the duration and area, the frequency fees range between 1,600 euros for a farm and 50,000 euros for a factory, for example.

According to industry associations, the advantages are better coverage of the entire company premises, full control over the company’s own data, less interference than in public mobile networks and better performance parameters for latency, data rate and number of subscribers.

Those interested in setting up a 5G campus network can get started with the digital Roadshow 5G campus networks for companies from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the German Farmers’ Association, Buglas (Federal Association of Fiber Optic Connections), German District Council, DIHK (German Chamber of Industry and Commerce), VKU and ZVEI (Central Association of Electrical and Electronics Industries).

Germany auctioned 5G frequencies for 6.5 billion euros to network operators Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Telefónica and 1 & 1 Drillisch last year. Some of the frequencies in the 3,700 MHz to 3,800 MHz and 26 GHz bands were removed from the auction for local and regional use and reserved for industry, research and agriculture. The Federal Ministry of Finance had pushed for significantly higher fees in the departmental vote, which is why the procedure was delayed. The Ministry of Finance, which initially charged five times higher fees than the Federal Network Agency, finally gave up its resistance.

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