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NTT installs new Private 5G network to enable research, innovation, and education

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IT infrastructure and services provider, NTT Ltd., announced a new, live Private 5G installation for a leading university in Germany. Following their Private 5G collaboration announcement at Mobile World Congress 2023, NTT and Cisco have progressed from the pilot phase to implementing a private 5G mobile network for the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen in Germany.

“We are very pleased that we were able to support RWTH Aachen University in setting up the high-performance network,” emphasizes Kai Grunwitz, Managing Director of NTT Ltd. in Germany. “The university has demonstrated its commitment to excellence with the campus network and is now a scientific pioneer of Private 5G in Germany. This quantum leap is made possible by the Cisco technology used in this project. By leveraging their advanced ORAN technology, the possibilities for future expansion and applications are endless.”

RWTH Aachen University required better connectivity on its campus, especially in areas where scientists and students were conducting research. However, they also required full visibility and control over their network’s functionality. Private 5G networks operate on a completely separate frequency range, allowing the university to have the necessary control and visibility to manage their data and voice communication independently throughout campus buildings. Additionally, the implementation of a mobile private 5G network has created ideal conditions for important research projects, thanks to its high bandwidth, real-time data transmission, and low latency. Each of the nine facilities on campus now benefits from optimal connectivity and interference-free digital applications, providing scientists with the tools they need to perform their work efficiently.

“The P5G network is a very important step into the future for RWTH Aachen University,” explains Frank Meeßen, Coordinator of the 5G activities at RWTH Aachen University. “Thanks to the private radio range, we guarantee interference-free connectivity and can optimally implement our scientific applications. Our project partners have optimally implemented our high standards and created a network that we can even use flexibly by moving individual antennas.”

NTT, in collaboration with Cisco Systems and Airspan Networks, is utilizing ORAN technology to deploy the campus network. Unlike traditional radio access networks, the Open RAN approach is not bound to any particular manufacturer and offers greater flexibility. This modular architecture processes data in software rather than on chips, which makes it particularly well-suited for research projects. RWTH Aachen University intends to leverage the P5G network for several research initiatives, including an EU-funded robot project, location-based emergency route planning, and the use of real-time data transmission in hospital operating rooms. Additionally, the university is presently assessing the possibility of utilizing the campus network as an alternative to WLAN in the future.

“We are very pleased that RWTH Aachen University is once again a pioneer and is also taking a big step forward when it comes to digitization in Germany,” explains Rüdiger Wölfl, Channel Leader at Cisco Germany. “Together with NTT, we have built a private 5G network that gives RWTH all the capabilities for a fast network, resilient IT security, and modern hybrid work environments. We are very proud to accompany the university on this journey by building a P5G network.”

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