Deutsche Telekom, Nokia to Test 5G Network Slicing under Live Conditions in Industrial Setting

Deutsche Telekom, Nokia to Test 5G Network Slicing under Live Conditions in Industrial Setting Image Credit: Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom and Nokia have started commissioning a 5G trial within the industrial environment in the Port of Hamburg with the Hamburg Port Authorit.

The purpose of the testing is to carry out key tests of various aspects of 5G functionality, including network slicing. 5G will be tested with use cases like traffic lights management, data processing from mobile sensors and virtual reality. 

The trial in Hamburg will test several network slices under 'live' conditions in an industrial setting, for the first time in Germany. Each of the network slice supports a specific service: for example, separate virtual networks will be used to control traffic lights and to transmit environmental measurement data.

To provide connectivity, an antenna has already been installed on the Hamburg television tower at a height of more than 150 meters. The primary focus of the project is on testing 5G applications in an industrial setting in the Port of Hamburg. 

The Port of Hamburg, which is both, a logistics hub and a touristic attraction, provides an environment for testing a variety of use cases that place very different demands onto a 5G network. 

Claudia Nemat, Board Member for Technology and Innovation, Deutsche Telekom
This testbed in Hamburg is an important development step along the road to 5G. We need practical experience which we can get in the Port of Hamburg. Our goal is to understand how we can best adapt our network to customer requirements. 

Peter MErz, Head of End-to-End Mobile Network Solutions, Nokia Bell Labs 
The 5G field trial in the Port of Hamburg is thrusting open the door to a new world of business applications, with the potential to drive change in many areas. This is about making industrial processes much faster and more flexible.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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