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5G-ConnectedMobility

Ericsson initiates “5G-ConnectedMobility”, a 5G research & development project with cross-industry consortium on the "Digital Test Field Motorway" in Germany

5G-ConnectedMobility creates a dedicated network infrastructure and application environment for 5G analysis and testing in real-time for Vehicle-to-vehicle, Vehicle-to-infrastructure, and Railway-to-infrastructure. The project is based on a test track of approx. 30 km along the A9 motorway and a high-speed railway track between Nuremberg-Feucht and Greding in Bavaria, Germany. Founding Members of the “5G-ConnectedMobility” consortium are Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, the three German mobile network operators with Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone, the TU Dresden 5G Lab Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Federal Regulatory Agency (BNetzA). The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Bavarian Road Construction Administration support the project.

The objective is to accelerate 5G Research & Development (R&D) in Germany and in Europe as well as facilitating the integration of technology requirements from various industries into upcoming international 5G standardization activities.

5G-ConnectedMobility Activities in the area "Automotive"

Test scenario

  • Video-Streaming at high speed
  • Conditions while having to deal with high network utilizations
  • Analysis of antenna location and distance to ensure the best performance
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Results

  • Collocated antennas perform better at high vehicle speed or network load
  • No direct correlation between speed and video access time

5G-ConnectedMobility Activities in the area "Rail"

Test scenario

  • Network Slicing for data communication in a protected canal: Securing reliable network connections for the transfer of train-relevant data, e.g. for signalling
  • Video-based control and automation of the traction mode
  • Stable infotainment applications in the mobile network
  • Control and networking of train and service functions via sensor technology (e.g. in case of maintenance)
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Testszenario

  • Video-Streaming bei hoher Geschwindigkeit
  • Bedingungen bei hoher Netzauslastung
  • Antennenposition und Entfernungsauswertung für beste Leistung
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Testszenario

  • Video-Streaming bei hoher Geschwindigkeit
  • Bedingungen bei hoher Netzauslastung
  • Antennenposition und Entfernungsauswertung für beste Leistung

Testszenario

  • Video-Streaming bei hoher Geschwindigkeit
  • Bedingungen bei hoher Netzauslastung
  • Antennenposition und Entfernungsauswertung für beste Leistung
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Here you will find press releases, news and reports on events related to 5G-ConnectedMobility.

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CAT M1 radios in the live network of the mobility test field 5G-ConnectedMobility on the A9 in Bavaria
July 2, 2018
With the deployment of CAT M1 in the live network of the mobility test field 5G-ConnectedMobility, the new IoT mobile broadband technology radios in a live network in Germany for the first time

One advantage of CAT M1 is the effortless connection of moving IoT devices – even when changing the mobile radio cell

By the integration of this innovative technology, 5G-ConnectedMobility enables an early testing of CAT M1 in the area of automotive and rail traffic.

Düsseldorf, July 2nd, 2018. With the deployment of CAT M1 in the live network of the mobility test field 5G-ConnectedMobility, the new IoT mobile broadband technology radios in a live network in Germany for the first time. One advantage of CAT M1, compared to other technologies, is the effortless connection of moving IoT devices – even when changing the mobile radio cell.

“The future of mobility lies in networked vehicles,” Stefan Koetz, chairman of the executive board of Ericsson GmbH, assures. “CAT M1 is a logical next step here because, unlike other IoT technologies, the technology enables a smooth transition from one mobile radio cell to another. That´s what makes it highly relevant in a mobility context.” The new technology has been deployed in the live network of the mobility test field 5G-ConnectedMobility on the A9 for several weeks now. CAT M1 is a technology which only requires a low power consumption and, in contrast to narrowband IoT, also offers voice and handover functions.
Stefan Koetz, chairman of the executive board of Ericsson GmbH, explains why autonomous cars need 5G mobile broadband at Wirtschaftstag Japan
May 28, 2018
In the context of a case study presentation at Wirtschaftstag Japan, Stefan Koetz, chairman of the executive board of Ericsson GmbH, explained why autonomous cars need 5G mobile broadband and which research projects Ericsson runs in this thematic field. Hereby, the 5G-ConnectedMobility project was prominently featured as example, being explicitly mentioned in an accompanying German press release

Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 95,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2017 were SEK 201.3 billion (EUR 20.9 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York.

Ericsson has been active in Germany for more than 60 years and employs 1,800 staff at 11 locations. The headquarters is located in Dusseldorf.
Ericsson "Connected Morning Briefing" about the 5G-ConnectedMobility project took place in Berlin
May 21, 2018
We were pleased to welcome more than 100 guests from politics, ministries, associations and industry. Besides, more than 20 members of Parliament, e.g. industry representatives of Telefonica, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Volkswagen, Innogy, Schaeffler were among the registrations.

Official title of our event was “5G-ConnectedMobility: An example for cross-industrial 5G research and development in Germany” where we presented first results of the activities of the Ericsson coordinated 5G-ConnectedMobility consortium which started collaborative working back in 2016.

5G-ConnectedMobility creates a dedicated network infrastructure and application environment for 5G analysis and testing in real-time for Vehicle-to-vehicle, Vehicle-to-infrastructure, and Railway-to-infrastructure. Founding Members of the “5G-ConnectedMobility” consortium are Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, the three German mobile network operators with Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone, the TU Dresden 5G Lab Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Federal Regulatory Agency (BNetzA).

Ralf Wellens, the new Ericsson Project leader of 5G-ConnectedMobility, was the speaker at the event. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Frank Baberske, our previous Project leader, very much for his coordination of the consortium over the last years. Frank is now supporting the DT Andromeda roll-out project.
5G-ConnectedMobility project represented at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018
Feb 26, 2018 – Mar 01, 2018
With its own booth and a dedicated business builder, the 5G-ConnectedMobility consortium was also represented at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. Under the banner of “5G for Industries”, trade visitors could inform themselves about the current status and further objectives of the project.
5G-ConnectedMobility project represented at IAA media briefing of 5GAA
Sep 15, 2017
In the context of Ericsson’s membership at 5GAA (5G Automotive Association), the 5G-ConnectedMobility project was presented at IAA (International Automotive Exhibition) fair. A basic information about the project was added to the press kit of 5GAA’s media briefing which gave attending journalists an overview about the idea behind the consortium.
Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017
Feb 27, 2017 – Mar 02, 2017
The 5G-ConnectedMobility project was demonstrated at Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC), one of the leading trade fairs for the ICT industry. Here, customers, partners, investors, media and analysts could get insights into the consortium´s scope and its road ahead. As launchpad for innovative technology and new ideas, MWC offered the perfect platform to further position 5G-ConnectedMobility and its aims on the market.
German Swedish Tech Forum
Jan 31, 2017
In the context of the opening of the German Swedish Tech Forum focusing on intensifying the partnership between both countries in the field of innovation, a roundtable discussion about testbeds took place in Sweden. As active participant and in additional side-talks, Ericsson took the opportunity to present the activities of the 5G-ConnectedMobility consortium in this field to raise further awareness for the project´s scope.
5G-ConnectedMobility: Former Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt and Ericsson sign declaration of intent
Nov 17, 2016
Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland, Vodafone, the TU Dresden 5G Lab Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Federal Regulatory Agency (BNetzA) are founding members of the consortium.

In the context of the launch of the cross-industry consortium “5G-ConnectedMobility” intended to strengthen the 5G research and development in Germany, former Federal Minister of Transport, Alexander Dobrindt, and the chairman of the executive board of Ericsson GmbH, Stefan Koetz, signed the declaration of intent on the sidelines of the IT-Summit in Saarbrücken. Former Federal Minister Dobrindt thereby stressed that 5G is a key technology for automated and connected driving.
Ericsson initiates 5G motorway project with cross-industry consortium in Germany
Nov 15, 2016
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) announced the formation of a cross-industry consortium to strengthen 5G research and development in Germany. Members of the “5G-ConnectedMobility” consortium are Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, all three German mobile network operators -Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone, the TU Dresden 5G Lab Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Federal Regulatory Agency (BNetzA). The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Bavarian Road Construction Administration support the project.

"5G-ConnectedMobility" creates an infrastructure and a real application environment on a "Digital Test Field Motorway", above all to carry out tests in the area of vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, digitalization of the railway infrastructure and other applications using 5G technology.

For this purpose, “5G-ConnectedMobility” operates within an independent infrastructure, and is not dependent on any commercial network. This means that 5G prototype applications can be installed and tested regularly, in various network configurations, at any time, without restrictions. The dedicated Ericsson 5G mobile network allows live tests of real time applications, even under extreme network loads, and with very high travel speeds at the same time. Test conditions, which are hardly ever found in commercially operated live networks, can be created. In this context, Ericsson has received permission from the the Federal Regulatory Agency to use frequencies from the 700-MHz band, for the area of Nuremberg-Feucht to Greding, and will act as a network operator.

The test track consists of several construction sections on the “Digital Test Field Motorway” in an area of around 30 km between the junctions of Nuremberg-Feucht and Greding, in which the A9 federal motorway and the high speed train route Nuremberg-Ingolstadt-Munich run in parallel, and are covered by the built up test network at the same time. The infrastructure is already completed in the first partial sections, meaning that live tests can begin immediately.

For the mobile network infrastructure, sites of the Motorway Directorate North Bavaria (ABDN) being the local roads authority, Deutsche Bahn and the mobile network operators - Telefónica Deutschland and Deutsche Telekom are being used. The connection occurs via a glass fibre infrastructure of the local roads authority and Deutsche Bahn. The concentration point of the network is located in an equipment container equipped by Ericsson, which has been installed on the premises of the motorway maintenance agency in Greding. The core network will be operated from Ericsson’s ICT Development Center Eurolab near Aachen, which supervises Ericsson’s “5G for Germany” program amongst other things. The connection to this core network will be carried out via Vodafone’s “Interconnect Access” of the ABDN.

The intention is to discuss the knowledge, perspectives and recommendations gained from this partnership and the technology, services and operating suggestions from the technical work packages of the project in an “Alignment Forum” of the members involved, and further develop them with the focus being on integration into international 5G standardization activities. In this context, the various project participants will draw on their membership in international bodies. Within the scope of "5G-ConnectedMobility" in particular, use cases of associated vehicle applications, for vehicle-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, for new methods of traffic information provision in real time and cross manufacturer traffic control for automated vehicles, are currently planned.

The “Digital Test Field Motorway” was set up by the The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, together with the Free State of Bavaria, the German Association of the Automotive Industry and the Federal Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom) on the A9 motorway in Bavaria where the automotive sector, digital economy and research institutions can test out pioneering systems and technologies under real conditions.

Link: https://www.ericsson.com/en/news/2016/11/ericsson-initiates-5g-motorway-project-with-cross-industry-consortium-in-germany
Members of the 5G-ConnectedMobility consortium are Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland, Vodafone, 5G Lab Germany at TU Dresden, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA). The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as well as the Bavarian Road Construction Administration (motorway directorate of Northern Bavaria) are supporting the project.
Ericsson GmbH
Stefan Koetz, Chairman of the management board of Ericsson GmbH:

“I am pleased that it has been possible to form such a wide cross-industry consortium with “5G-ConnectedMobility”. With the members of the telecommunications industry, and the application industry, it will be possible to accelerate 5G research and development beyond Germany and bring the specific requirements of the various industries in Germany into international 5G standardization activities. This will make Germany stronger in this area.”

Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 95,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2017 were SEK 201.3 billion (EUR 20.9 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York.

Ericsson has been active in Germany for more than 60 years and employs 1,800 staff at 11 locations. The headquarters is located in Dusseldorf.
BMW Group
Martin Arend, Head of Research E / E Architectures and Technologies at the BMW Group:

"For the past 20 years, the BMW Group has brought together unique, innovative functions that intelligently link drivers, vehicles and their environment under the term ConnectedDrive. Those functions not only increase comfort, but bring infotainment to life in a new dimension and also increase safety in BMW Group vehicles significantly. In the age of digital transformation, the BMW Group is increasingly turning into a technology company for premium mobility and services. Naturally, the use of and the contribution to the latest mobile technologies is a premise to succeed in this business. Therefore the BMW Group is, among other things, involved in the cross-industry consortium "5G-ConnectedMobility" in order to ensure the success of this project by enabling for timely standardization and testing under real conditions."

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to € 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a workforce of 129,932 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.
Deutsche Bahn
Hans Peter Lang, CTO of Deutsche Bahn:

"For the mobility industry, 5G is a key technology. We at Deutsche Bahnsee an immense innovation potential in the new mobile broadband standard: for a digitized rail operation, which transports even more passengers on a high level of punctuality, the vision of automated and networked driving, highly efficient route and transport planning in terms of logistics, as well as for the foresighted maintenance of infrastructure and vehicles via IoT."

DB Group offers global mobility and logistical services and operates in over 130 countries world-wide. The group management is located in Berlin. More than 310,000 employees work for the DB Group, of which about 40% are located in Germany. We design and operate the transport networks of the future. Through the integrated operation of traffic and railway infrastructure as well as the economically and ecologically intelligent connection of all modes of transport, we move people and goods.

In the Passenger transport division DB Group transports in its trains and busses Europe-wide (including Germany) over 12 million passengers daily. In the Transport & Logistics division around 300 million tons are transported via rail and more than 100 million shipments with land transport annually in our European network. In our world-wide networks about 1.3 million tons of air freight and nearly 2.1 million TEU of ocean freight are transported.

During the 2017 financial year DB Group posted revenues (adjusted) of about € 42.7 billion, and an EBIT of a good € 2.15 billion after adjustments for special items.

DB Group's strategy focuses the strengthening and the expansion of our market positions in order to maintain competitiveness. In addition, sustainability and sustainable success is an essential factor in ensuring our future viability and hence the continued business success. Through a clear strategic focus in the operational divisions we want to continue to convince our customers.
Deutsche Telekom AG
Alexander Lautz, Senior Vice President 5G of Deutsche Telekom AG:

"More than with any other previous technology, with 5G, the requirements and concrete use cases coming from the automotive industry influence the development. The cross-sector collaboration within “5G-ConnectedMobility” will help us to translate the potential regarding extremely low latencies, high data throughput of more than a Gigabit per second, or the network availability for billions of devices into tailor made safety as well as entertainment solutions for our customers.”

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies, with some 168 million mobile customers, 28 million fixed-network lines, and 19 million broadband lines.

We provide fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and wIPTV products and services for consumers, and information and communication technology (wICT) solutions for business and corporate customers.

Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries. With a staff of some 216,000 employees throughout the world, we generated revenue of 74,9 billion Euros in the 2017 financial year, about 66 percent of it outside Germany.

So that we can continue to be successful, we are already evolving from a traditional telephone company into an entirely new kind of service company. Our core business, i.e., the operation and sale of networks and connections, remains the basis. But at the same time we are proactively committing to business areas that open up new growth opportunities for us.
Telefónica Deutschland
Cayetano Carbajo Martín, CTO of Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG:

"We stand behind 5G. In the medium term, 5G is an opportunity for Germany and Europe. We are prepared to continue our network investments in order to make our contribution and have for some time been involved in a wide range of 5G research and pilot projects in Germany and the EU, including the ground-breaking joint project 5G-ConnectedMobility. As part of this project, significant representatives of both industries are working together to reconcile the requirements of future communication networks with the needs of the automotive industry. Telefónica supports this initiative, which offers an extraordinary opportunity to open up completely new applications for both technologies."

Telefónica Deutschland offers mobile and fixed services for private and business customers, as well as innovative digital products and services in the fields of Internet of Things and data analytics. With a total of 49.6 million customer lines, the company is one of the leading integrated telecommunications providers. In the mobile segment alone, Telefónica Deutschland is responsible for more than 45.3 million lines.

Telefónica Deutschland will become the "Mobile Customer & Digital Champion" – with this aspiration, the company intends to become the preferred customer partner in the German mobile service market by 2020. This is linked to a clear mandate that Telefónica Deutschland will make its customers’ lives easier and better and allows them mobile freedom in the digital world. In concrete terms, this means a consistently positive experience with the brand, products, customer service and network.

The company already has an excellent foundation to reach this goal. No network operator in Germany connects more people with mobile services. Following the integration of E-Plus, the company is digitalising its business model while consistently focusing on customer benefit.

For the 2017 financial year, Telefónica Deutschland generated revenue of 7.3 billion euros with almost 9,300 employees.
Vodafone Deutschland
Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Vodafone Deutschland:

"With our high-performance networks, we are the leading force for the Internet of Things. Together with the experts from Ericsson and the partners involved, we drive forward the development of new 5G technologies in the newly founded consortium and bring networked and fully automated cars from the laboratory onto the road."

Vodafone Germany is one of the leading integrated telecommunications companies and, at the same time, Germany´s largest TV provider. With its 14,000 employees, the business concern supplies internet, mobile communications, fixed network and television from one source. As a gigabit company, Vodafone is constantly driving the infrastructure expansion in Germany forward, thereby paving the way for the gigabit society with increasingly faster networks in mobile communications and fixed network.

Business customers can count on a broad ICT portfolio as Vodafone is connecting human and machine, secures corporate networks as well as communication and stores data for companies in a German cloud. About 90 % of all DAX companies and 15 of 16 federal states already have decided to trust in Vodafone. With more than 46 million mobile communications cards, 6.6 million fixed network and broadband customers and numerous digital solutions, Vodafone Germany generated a service revenue of more than 10 billion euro in the past financial year.

Vodafone Germany is the biggest country organization of the Vodafone Group, which is one of the biggest telecommunications groups in the world. The business concern runs its own mobile broadband networks in 25 countries and maintains partner networks in 46 additional nations. The group operates their own fixed network infrastructures in 18 countries. Vodafone counts about 535.8 million mobile communications and 19.7 million fixed network customers worldwide.
5G Lab Germany, TU Dresden
Professor Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Frank H. P. Fitzek, Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks, 5G Lab Germany, TU Dresden:

"The TU Dresden sees a great opportunity in this project, to test the previously developed technologies of the 5G Lab Germany, with important partners in the field. Connected cars will significantly increase safety in traffic but also require new technologies for the dynamic networks of the future. Due to the existing excellent cooperation with Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone, we are confident of being able to provide the first practical results soon."

The upcoming fifth generation (5G) of mobile communication systems will impact our life more than any other wireless technology in the past. The disruptive changes are the introduction of the Tactile Internet introducing latencies of 1ms, massive increase of security and resilience, as well as massive increase in throughput. It will enable tackling new markets such as Industry 4.0, transportation systems including secure driving, smart grids, health care, and many more disruption in markets as agriculture and construction industry.

The new technical requirements must be carefully extracted from a deep understanding of the Tactile Internet applications. New key technologies in network architecture, air interface, and cloud systems will achieve the requirements. This holistic 5G view is the core theme of the 5G Lab Germany, which is organized in four different technology tracks. With more than 20 faculty members, more than almost 600 researchers and our cooperation partners from industry we are well prepared for the upcoming research challenges in the 5G world.
Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt)
Prof. Stefan Strick, President of the Federal Highway Research Institute:

"BASt is the practice-oriented, technical-scientific research institute of the German Federal Government in the road sector. One of its key tasks is the improvement of road safety. We hope that the application of the 5th generation of mobile broadband technology in road traffic will have further positive effects. Thus, it makes sense to include the BASt directly into the trial period in order to value the potential of this innovative technology for the road safety as early as possible and consider this for future developments."

The Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) is the practice-oriented, technical-scientific research institute of the German Government in the field of road engineering. It is dedicated to a wide range of tasks, which result from the relationships between roads, humans and the environment.

Its mission is the improvement of safety, environmental compatibility, efficiency and performance relating to roads. The BASt provides the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with scientifically valid aids as decision support in technical and transport policy issues. The tasks range from planning, coordination and performance of multi-annual research projects through to the fast response to questions in supporting the current work of the BMVI. It is a leading member of the network of national and European cutting-edge research institutes in the field of road engineering and is significantly involved on a worldwide basis in drawing up regulations and standards.

The tasks of the BASt also include consultancy, attestation and inspection and certification activities as well as functioning as the driving licence procedure assessment centre.

It was established in 1951 and has been based in Bergisch Gladbach since 1983. Since 1970, the BASt has been the central point for road traffic accident research in Germany.
Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA)
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Bavarian Road Construction Administration (motorway directorate of Northern Bavaria)