Friday, December 2, 2022
Published 3 Years Ago on Monday, Mar 02 2020 By Inside Telecom Staff
Vodafone Germany has announced it has launched a private standalone 5G network for airline Lufthansa, despite Lufthansa owning the spectrum. The telco announced that they have taken on the role of service and technology partner to support the deployment and operation of Lufthansa’s network.
“The German economy needs 5G. We can do 5G.
As a 5G partner, we want to help our industry to maintain an international top
position in the future,” said Vodafone Germany CEO Hannes Ametsreiter,
in a statement. “Those who focus on
new technologies today will be at the forefront tomorrow.“
national Airline Lufthansa owns a private 5G network that covers 8,500 square
metre aircraft hangar. This is large enough to house four large airports at
Hamburg International airport. Furthermore, it can also support throughput of
more than 1Gbps and has a latency of less than 10 milliseconds. This is made
possible as the core network and server is located on the premises.
the network was officially launched, a three-month trial was undertaken.
Lufthansa technicians furnished aircraft and used virtual and augmented reality
to produce a 3D image of how the cabin would look after it was fitted out.
“With this support, the technicians on site
have the opportunity to always check the current position of all planned
components and thus work even more precisely. In addition, they can
spontaneously coordinate with the component developers in their offices and
workshops using collaborative video functions,” explained Vodafone
this private network, companies like Lufthansa will be able to tailor its
parameters in a way that suits them. They will be able to set the download
speed according to their own needs. If the trial goes well, Lufthansa plans to
extend the private 5G coverage to more areas of operation – like that of
The announcement by Vodafone Germany reminds us that operators
have an important role to play in terms of private networking. This is still
relevant when they are not providing the spectrum.
Last week, Inside Telecom
reported on developments on Connectivity as a Service (CaaS), which indicated
that the market has the potential to sideline operators and telecoms companies.
An example of this was the CBRS provider Federated Wireless announcing that it
will offer private cellular networking services – either on 4G or 5G – via
Amazon Web Services. There was no requirement to have a traditional telco on
It is true that having a traditional telecom on board is not a
prerequisite, a telco that is able to reinvent itself as a Digital Signal
Processor (DSP) is able to take on the role of systems integrator and services
partner as Vodafone Germany have demonstrated.
“We support our
partners in bringing 5G into everyday industrial life as early as possible. To
the factories. In the business parks. And even in aircraft hangars. With
individual campus networks that we tailor perfectly to the needs of our
partners,” Ametsreiter said.
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