5G is more than just a further technological leap for the network of the future. The future mobile communications standard and successor to LTE Advanced will make the mobile communications network more powerful than ever before. What is also to be considered: the Internet of Things (IoT) presents companies with major digital challenges.
According to IDC forecasts, around two billion internet-connected smartphones will be in circulation in 2020. Depending on the forecast, there will be in addition to this, up to 50 billion connected devices, cars, and machines, the majority of which will be in production. These connected devices all communicate with one another, with the cloud, and with users. This is, above all, of great significance for smart factories in Industry 4.0. In the smart factory, self-driving robots transport components from station to station. Machines report the deterioration of their components in sufficient time before they break down in production. Service technicians in the intelligent factory identify defective parts in seconds using augmented reality.
The majority of networked “things” in Industry 4.0 are still communicating at close range over Wi-Fi. But the technology is reaching its limits. At the same time, the transmission quality of wireless communication is improving. T-Systems is taking advantage of this and offering companies 5G Campus-Networks as a Managed Service.
As part of the 5G Campus-Network, Deutsche Telekom is offering its customers a private, local 5G network, completely separate from the public mobile communications network. Industry 4.0 companies therefore have exclusive use for their smart factory. To implement this, Telekom installs additional wireless technology on the company’s premises.