5G – the future of mobile communications Cooperation project

Cooperation project

In addition to the field tests in Berlin and the Port of Hamburg, the first 5G antennas in the Deutsche Telekom network are now also transmitting in Science City Darmstadt.

Smart City Darmstadt is a 5G city. In addition to the field tests in Berlin and the Port of Hamburg, the first 5G antennas in the Deutsche Telekom network were also transmitting in Science City Darmstadt. In the Darmstadt 5G field tests, further technical experience in setting up and operating the new technology was to be gained and 5G applications and devices were to be tested. Deutsche Telekom worked closely with Smart City Darmstadt and its technology partner Ericsson. The future 5G standard is an important further development of the mobile network. Thanks to ultra-fast and reliable information transmission in real time, it will enable us, for example, to implement connected driving and autonomous public transport – like the MAAS project.

The Darmstadt 5G test network comprised 18 antennas at six locations. The first antennas have been put into operation at the Mina-Rees-Straße site. The field test was based on the 5G New Radio (5G NR) 5G mobile communications component standard. The antennas used a test license for field trials in the 3.7 GHz spectrum. Technology from Ericsson was used.

The antennas are equipped with the most modern antenna technology characteristic of 5G NR: Massive MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) is a technology that massively increases the number of transmitting and receiving antennas. Thanks to the large number of antenna elements – up to 64 in a 5G antenna – Massive MIMO can create a much more precise and user-oriented connection. With the help of an intelligent antenna technology known as beamforming, transmitting antennas are optimally aligned. This allows the frequency spectrum to be used much more efficiently than before.

What is the use of

  • significantly increased transmission rate
  • higher network reliability

Who benefits from it

  • Citizens
  • Economy and science

What is the schedule

Start: 1st quarter 2019

2nd quarter 2020

Who is responsible

Digitalstadt Darmstadt GmbH
José David da Torre Suárez

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