The Digital & Strategy series by BearingPoint illuminates current and strategically relevant topics with a focus on digitalization. It questions existing ways of thinking, gives new impulses and shows possible solutions in the data-driven and ever more complex world.

This issue of the Digital & Strategy series focuses on the role and possibilities of 5G campus networks from the perspective of telecommunications and industrial companies. Not only will the importance of 5G technologies as a whole be highlighted, but also the strategic implications (e.g., of a joint local network structure) and opportunities for differentiation arising from specialization and the development of value-added services for telecommunications and industrial companies.

Key Insights

#1

The application spectrum of 5G will go far beyond pure mobile radio and will be defined by the merging of fixed network, mobile radio and WLAN segments. New network structures will emerge that will adapt software based, virtual and intelligent networks dynamically and differentially to different applications with different requirements.

#2

The exclusive reservation of local frequencies for industries in Germany, for example, has long been rejected by the established network operators. Industrial companies complain at the same time about the slow expansion of mobile communications networks. Due to the availability of local frequencies, they now must decide whether they want to use the local radio frequencies to set up their own networks, or if they want to use specialized knowledge within a collaborated expansion.

#3

5G campus networks enable promising business models that can bring industrial companies and network operators into a promising win-win situation.

The application spectrum of 5G will go far beyond pure mobile radio and will be defined by the merging of fixed network, mobile radio and WLAN segments.

Data will not only be transmitted at much higher speeds (enhanced mobile broadband) but also will be enhanced in its reliability (ultra-reliable low latency), and its volume will force communication between machines (people and massive machine-type communication). These three fields of application will greatly expand the possibilities of new business fields and form high-performance 5G telecommunication networks with predictable quality of services to form the backbone of a digital society.

To ensure a high diffusion of campus applications in the future, special requirements have to be considered. Read more in our White Paper "5G Campus Networks" in the download area.

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