Telefónica and Mercedes-Benz to build a 5G Factory

Telefónica and Mercedes-Benz to build a 5G FactoryThe world's first 5G mobile network for automobile production (picture: pixabay)

Together with telecommunications company Telefónica Deutschland and network supplier Ericsson, Mercedes-Benz Cars is putting in place the world’s first 5G mobile network for automobile production in its “Factory 56” in Sindelfingen. As part of an innovation project, the 5G mobile communications standard is being implemented for the first time into the running production. The 5G network is being installed by telecommunications company Telefónica Deutschland in collaboration with network supplier Ericsson.

By putting this milestone in place, the cooperation partners are ensuring that the 5G standard of the future becomes reality for Germany as an industrial base. Mercedes-Benz Cars has an experienced partner by selecting Telefónica Deutschland: “We are starting the 5G era for Germany as an industrial location and are building the most modern mobile network for one of the most modern automobile factories in the world,” says Markus Haas, CEO of Telefónica Deutschland.

5G network facilitates smart production at Mercedes-Benz Cars

The development of an own infrastructure brings many advantages and plays an important part in the implementation of smart manufacturing for the future. The use of state-of-the-art 5G network technology allows Mercedes-Benz Cars, among other things, to optimise existing production processes in its plant with the help of new features. These include, for example, the data linking or product tracking on the assembly line.

With the 5G network, the enormous quantities of data required for various test scenarios involving the automobile of the future can be processed very quickly (via “data shower”). The 5G mobile communications standard allows fast data transmission rates in the gigabit range, with extremely low latency and a high level of reliability.

Powerful 5G network with numerous indoor antennas and 5G hub

In order to reach the full capability of 5G, short distances are essential. This is only possible via a local infrastructure, as is being implemented for the first time here in the “Factory 56”. This facility is not only consistently flexible and green, but it also uses intelligent and digitalised technologies that make it possible to harness the full potential of Industry 4.0. Machines and systems, for example, are closely networked with one another. In order to achieve this, the “Factory 56” has been equipped by the cooperation partners with several 5G small-cell indoor antennas and a central 5G hub.

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