NTT Enables Research, Education with 5G Network

NTT Ltd., a global IT infrastructure and services company, announced a new, live Private 5G installation for a leading university in Germany. On the heels of the Private 5G collaboration NTT and Cisco announced at Mobile World Congress 2023, the two companies have moved from the pilot phase to live deployment with a private 5G mobile network for the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen in Germany.

RWTH Aachen University was in need of stronger on-campus connectivity, particularly in areas with teams of scientists and students focusing on research. But they also needed complete visibility and control over network functionality.

Private 5G networks work on a completely isolated frequency range and therefore offer the university the visibility and control it needs, enabling it to control data and voice communication in buildings across campus.

In addition, the mobile Private 5G network has created conditions for the university’s research projects due to the high bandwidth, real-time data transmission and low latency. The team of scientists in each of the nine facilities on campus benefits from optimal connectivity and interference-free digital applications for its work.

NTT, Cisco Systems and Airspan Networks are leveraging ORAN technology to implement the campus network. In contrast to traditional radio access networks, the Open RAN approach is not tied to a specific manufacturer and offers greater flexibility. The modular architecture processes data in software instead of on chips making it particularly suitable for research projects.

RWTH Aachen University will use the P5G network for research initiatives, including a European Union-funded robot project, location-based emergency route planning and the use of real-time data transmission in hospital operating rooms.

In addition, the university is evaluating the possibility of using the campus network as an alternative to WLAN in the future.

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