Germany and France to fund private 5G projects

The German and French Governments have pledged €17.7 to fund four projects.

The announcement came after the two countries issued a joint call for projects in May 2021. Germany and France hope these projects will “deliver innovative solutions that will strengthen Europe’s ecosystem for private networks”.

A total of four winners have been selected. These are as follows:

  • 5G OPERA: The creation of a Franco-German ecosystem of private 5G networks with open and/or virtualised hardware and software solutions. Partners for this project include Fraunhofer IIS, TU Dresden and Eurecom.
  • 5G4BP: A project that aims to establish open 5G networks in business parks and communities which have not yet been covered by public communications networks. Partners include Highstreet Technologies, Xelera Technologies and 6Wind.
  • 5G OR: This project will develop a wirelessly networked operating theatre in a private 5G network environment. Partners include Mannheim Hospital, Charité Hospital in Berlin and IHU Strasbourg.
  • 5G FORUM: A project that aims to devise simple and safe solutions for installing and networking essential medicial equiptment in operating theatres. Partners include RWTH Aachen University, Surgitaix and Haventure.

“I am looking forward to an intensive collaboration between France and Germany. This is an important step in order to drive the economy forward with the help of state-of-the-art technologies,” said Robert Habeck, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

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