KW 9: Telekom announces record investment in 5G, Siemens, IBM and Red Hat announce cooperation in the cloud, Is Germany missing cell phone patents?


Telekom announces record investment in 5G: The German telecommunications company Telekom is planning unprecedented investments in the areas of fiber optics and 5G. At a press conference on Friday, CEO Timotheus Höttges announced investments worth 18.4 billion euros, of which 5.5 billion euros will be invested in Germany alone. According to Höttges, fiber optics and 5G are the country’s engine of digitization. The move is intended to expand the Telekom’s leading role in the areas of fiber optic expansion and 5G networks in the coming years. Future expenses for the new mobile radio frequencies have not yet been factored in. Telekom continues to struggle with high net debt.

Siemens, IBM and Red Hat announce cooperation in the cloud: Last week, the Siemens group announced a cooperation with US IT and consulting company IBM and the US software company Red Hat. The aim of the collaboration is to create a hybrid cloud that will offer manufacturers and system operators new options for the usability of real-time operating data. The hybrid cloud approach comes from IBM and is based on the „Red Hat OpenShift“ software. With the help of the cloud, companies will be supported in generating sensor data from products, plants, systems and machines in real time.

Telefónica is expanding 5G network in Germany: German operator Telefónica Deutschland has been accelerating the rollout of its 5G network in the country last year and aims to further increase its 5G footprint this year. Telefónica Deutschland currently offers 5G coverage in at least 15 major German cities, operating around 150 5G stations over the 3.6 GHz frequency. The company plans to cover more and more cities and rural regions in Germany with the new mobile communications standard in 2021 by accelerating its 5G rollout – and also with the introduction of DSS technology – in the course of this year.

Is Germany missing cell phone patents? The global race for leadership in the field of IoT has begun. German companies are also increasingly opening up to the new technology, which is likely to determine the competitiveness of entire economies. But German politicians are overlooking – of all things – the basis for the Internet of Things, mobile communications patenting. At least that is what the FDP party fears. In a request to the federal government, FDP politician Oliver Luksic wanted to know exactly what the commitment to securing mobile phone patents looks like. The answer was extremely vague. Although the government confirmed that such patents are „of central industrial policy importance for future 5G development“, it did not outline any concrete steps for a patent reform that the automotive industry has been pushing for years.

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Farming for the future with the Internet of Things: The agricultural sector is still very hesitant when it comes to IoT. It is likely that the poor connectivity in many farms and rural areas is holding a lot of farmers back, as it stands in the way of real-time communication and data acquisition and processing. In rural Scotland, a small group of farmers has now taken part in a pioneering project, at the center of which is a radio signal system called LoRaWAN (Low-Power Long-Range Wide Area Network). The system has the capability to connect almost every area of many farms without the need for either a broadband connection nor a mobile phone signal, working instead from a central base unit most likely attached to the roof of a shed which can send out and receive the necessary signals.

Five frequent questions about 5G: The new 5G mobile communications standard is essential for access to the Internet of Things and thus plays a central role in the future position of entire economies on the world market. Most states have now developed their own strategies for introducing 5G to the market. But as with any new technology, 5G also raises many questions. How will it improve our ability to work? What new communication options does the cellular standard open up? What are the risks associated with the widespread use of 5G? The IT magazine “Funkschau” has addressed these and other questions in a detailed article and thus offers a good first overview of the potential and risk of the new mobile communications standard.

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Darmstadt-based company develops solution for intelligent fertilization: Intelligent solutions for agriculture are in demand and necessary – on the one hand due to the tough competitive situation on the market, on the other hand due to increasingly stringent environmental and animal welfare requirements. Fertilization in particular has been at the center of disputes for years. The Darmstadt-based company Spacenus is now promising a solution for needs-based fertilization. The company relies on satellite data and artificial intelligence technologies. With the help of its ANA tool, farmers are given a more detailed insight into the nutrient supply of agricultural areas and crops. In this way it is possible to only distribute the actually required amount of nitrogen over the fields and thus in the environment. In this way, nitrogen surpluses could be sustainably minimized. ANA generates a nutrient map of all cultivated fields on the basis of learning algorithms, satellite images and weather data.


„We see how supply chain transparency increases resilience. The reason is that companies can take countermeasures more quickly if a disruption occurs in their supply chain and deliveries do not arrive at the destination when they are needed.“
Thomas Spieker, Director Central Europe at Shippeo, a company for visibility in supply chains, on the advantages and opportunities of IoT technology in the logistics industry.


Increased power consumption through 5G: A very significant disadvantage of the new 5G mobile communications standard is the significantly higher power consumption for smartphones. This is immediately noticeable to users, but 5G does not always seem to be the cause. The US telecommunications company Verizon recently wanted to draw attention to this. In a tweet, which was probably intended as a service post, the company’s support team advised mobile phone users to switch on their LTE when power consumption increased – which is de facto equivalent to switching off 5G reception. The company, which relies entirely on the new cellular standard, has since deleted the tweet.

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