Siemens and Qualcomm Technologies Set Up Private Standalone 5G Network in An Industrial Environment

By Naresh Kumar Surepelly

Acquisition or Partnership

Siemens and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. have implemented the first private 5G standalone (SA) network in a real industrial environment using the 3.7-3.8GHz band.  Both companies have joined forces in this project: Siemens is providing the actual industrial test conditions and end devices, such as Simatic control systems and IO devices, and Qualcomm Technologies is supplying the 5G test network and the relevant test equipment.  The 5G network was installed in Siemens’ Automotive Showroom and Test Center in Nuremberg, Germany.  Automated guided vehicles are (AGV) displayed here which are primarily used in the automotive industry.  New manufacturing options and methods are also developed, tested and presented before they are put into action on customer sites.  This allows Siemens’ customers, such as automated guided vehicle manufacturers, to see the products interact live.

The Automotive Showroom and Test Center enables Siemens and Qualcomm Technologies to test all the different technologies in a standalone 5G network under actual operating conditions and to come up with solutions for the industrial applications of the future.  Siemens provided the actual industrial setup including Simatic control systems and IO devices. 

The German Federal Network Agency has reserved a total bandwidth of 100 MHz from 3.7 GHz to 3.8 GHz for use on local industrial sites.  German companies are thus able to rent part of this bandwidth on an annual basis and to make exclusive use of it on their own operating sites in a private 5G network while also providing optimum data protection.  Siemens is using this principle to evaluate and test industrial protocols, such as OPC UA and Profinet, in its Automotive Showroom and Test Center together with wireless communication via 5G.

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