Thanks to 5G technology and the use of dedicated frequencies, campus networks can meet the highest quality of service requirements in terms of latency, reliability and availability of communication networks. This makes 5G campus networks attractive for applications in the business and industrial sectors as well as for the public sector such as healthcare. They are therefore seen as an important enabler, for example, for the factory or clinic of the future as well as construction sites and other mobile deployments.

The aim of this funding measure is therefore to develop innovative solutions based on an extended OpenRAN approach in campus networks. This will advance important efforts for the interoperable expansion of 5G campus networks in Germany as a research and business location. In terms of this funding measure, the OpenRAN approach pursues the realisation of open, disaggregated and secure radio access and core networks. To this end, interfaces are made open and the interoperability of components from different providers is guaranteed.

The lead project CampusOS was able to start its work in January 2022. The six selected satellite projects will start in April 2022. The selection of the projects took place within the framework of a formal review process with the help of external experts. A total of 14 high-ranking consortia of solution providers, users and scientific research partners applied. The winning projects are from both the user and provider communities. They cover a wide range of application scenarios. They are considered to be very well suited to make an important contribution to the desired technological leadership for Germany as a business location in the field of 5G campus networks.

Number of projects: One lead project, six satellite projects

Number of project partners: 56

Duration: 2022-2025

Funding amount: approx. 33 million euros