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Volkswagen and Nokia trial private 5G network at manufacturing plant

Nokia has deployed a private 5G standalone network at Volkswagen’s main manufacturing plant in Wolfsburg, Germany.

The wireless network will cover the production development centre at the plant. Nokia says the rollout will test whether the 5G technology meets the demanding requirements of vehicle production.

The private campus network uses the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) solution, which offers high-bandwidth and low-latency connectivity for sensors, machines, vehicles and other equipment.

Notably, the network will operate in the dedicated 3.7 – 3.8 GHz band which was allocated to Volkswagen by the Federal Network Agency as part of the country’s private 5G licensing scheme.

Initial use cases that are being tested include wireless upload of data to manufactured vehicles and intelligent networking of robots and wireless assembly tools. The deployment also ensures that all data remains on the campus, processed at the network edge in real-time, giving Volkswagen full control.

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