Deutsche Telekom expands Private 5G offering

  • April 24, 2023
  • William Payne

Deutsche Telekom has launched a new Private 5G networking product with dedicated 5G frequencies. The new dedicated frequencies Private 5G campus network expands the scope of Deutsche Telekom’s existing Private 5G offerings, and follows a pilot implementation at German injection mould machine manufacturing specialist Arburg in January this year.

The new product, “Campus Network M with Industrial Frequencies”, offers business customers the benefits of a private 5G network without need for additional investments in their own 5G core network. Based on a 5G campus infrastructure within Telekom’s public network, the new product provides the abilities for companies to deploy additionally their own dedicated 5G industrial frequencies in the 3.7 to 3.8 Gigahertz (GHz) range.

The new solution builds on an existing business customer product “Campus Network M”. This is a dual-slice campus network, which is operated via the public 3.6 GHz frequency range in Telekom’s 5G network. It combines public 5G network capabilities with a virtual private network.

The new Campus Network M with Industrial Frequencies adds to the established product the ability to add exclusive local 5G spectrum in the 3.7 to 3.8 GHz range. Other than Telekom’s public 3.6 GHz spectrum, these 5G frequencies are made available by the German Federal Network Agency for industrial purposes.

Previously, to use these purely private frequencies companies would need to install their own 5G core network infrastructure on site. With the new solution, business customers get their own core network components within the Telekom network. Critical data thus continues to run separately from the public network – at high bandwidths and without being influenced by public data traffic.

The new offering enables the use of exclusive SIM cards for connected devices and guarantees full private 5G network performance with download speeds of up to 1GBit/s. At the same time, public 5G coverage is fully available. This provides customers with two 5G frequency bands and a total of around 190 MHz of bandwidth. 

“Our new 5G Campus network offering enables our customers to digitalise and optimise their business in a smarter way. By integrating their own spectrum into local 5G networks in a cost-efficient way, companies now get additional and exclusive 5G bandwidth for their digital applications,” said Hagen Rickmann, Managing Director responsible for Business Customers at Telekom Deutschland GmbH. “In this way, our pilot customer Arburg is already benefiting from the huge potential of private 5G performance for smart manufacturing – and is thus living up to its reputation as pioneer in the fields of production efficiency and digitalisation.”

“By integrating Deutsche Telekom’s new 5G Campus solution, we are leveraging synergies and kick-starting the next stage when it comes to digitalisation for the efficient production of plastic products,” said Jürgen Boll, Managing Director Finance, Controlling and IT at Arburg. “Without any additional structural measures, we were able to build on the existing campus network and can benefit from even more 5G bandwidth for the digitalisation of our machines and systems with our own 5G industrial frequencies.”

Deutsche Telekom had successfully integrated the new product into the campus network of Arburg’s corporate headquarters at the beginning of 2023. In order to use the industrial frequencies, the machines at the Arburg Customer Center in Lossburg were equipped with special routers and exclusive SIM cards. Separated from the public data traffic, Arburg can thus test innovative applications such as automated production processes. At the customer centre, clients from various plastics processing industries, such as the automotive, electrical and packaging industries or medical technology, can test digital manufacturing concepts based on 5G.