Berlin The relationship between German Telekom and industry is currently complicated: over the expansion of the new mobile communications standard 5G, which has a central importance for the economy, it always comes back to dispute. There have been “wordless” and “mutual abuse,” said Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges. The telecommunications industry has “lost control of this communication process”.
But the DaxCorporation is now trying to resolve the conflict. He wants to build a bridge to the companies and industry associations, the manager announced on Friday at the user conference 5Germany of German Telekom and Handelsblatt. The question must be how to quickly develop a powerful 5G infrastructure. “Because we have to start slowly now.”
More speed in network expansion: This is one of the major topics of the German economy. While countries such as South Korea, China and the USA are already rapidly expanding the infrastructure for the new mobile communications standard, the process is dragging on in Germany. At the conference, the market leader Deutsche Telekom discussed with high-ranking representatives of the industry, what it hapert – and sought unity.
Höttges suggested strengthening the dialogue between the telecommunications industry and industry associations. As early as 2018, common positions on politics had been worked out. This included requirements of the economy as well as needs for the mobile service providers. 98 percent of all claims were approved, Höttges said. But: “In the last two percent, we failed.” The Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) had vetoed.
“Can not we revive the paper so that politics does not suffocate in the cacophony of voices?” Höttges asked. He offers himself as a moderator. “I would like to be able to take this with me as an order.” Iris Plöger, Chief Executive of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), agreed. A common position, she stressed, would have helped in the past.
Several top managers also took the appeal of the telecom boss positive. He was genuine concern that a “spirit of optimism for 5G” arise, said about the former BMW-Chef Harald Krüger. “We need more technology openness and friendliness in Germany.” handleCEO Hans van Bylen thanked for the initiative: The topic 5G deserves more attention.
The abbreviation 5G stands for the fifth mobile radio generation. Like the predecessor technologies, it promises a significantly higher performance – the data transfer is faster, there are only small delays and the devices require even less power. For example, a high-resolution movie might be ready to play on the smartphone within a few seconds if the maximum speed is available.
Especially for the economy 5G is of great importance. For example, industrial companies want to network their factories, and the new technology plays an important role in the plans of car manufacturers for connected and autonomous driving; new applications in telemedicine are also conceivable. In addition to Artificial Intelligence 5G is the main technology for the companies, said Michael Ziesemer, President of the Central Association of Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry (ZVEI).
The Swedish industrial group ABB is already busy with 5G. Usage scenarios exist, for example, in the cooperation between man and machine and digital twins of machines, explained Chief Technology Officer Bazmi Husian. These exist not only in the factories, but also outside, such as in mining, where autonomous vehicles can facilitate the work. All this is not possible without a powerful and reliable data transmission.
The German industry is also intensively concerned with 5G.
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