5G is the key to an internationally competitive digital infrastructure


VDMA welcomes the decision of the Federal Network Agency to allocate local frequencies - Complete coverage mandatory for industrial applications - Coverage of 98 percent of households is insufficient

Industry in Germany depends on a fast, reliable and efficient digital infrastructure: Mobile and in the field, but also in our own production in particular. The seamless supply of digital infrastructure for industrial applications is crucial for the future viability of Germany as a location and can only be mastered jointly by network providers, industry and politics. All three parties are dependent on each other.

For your own local frequencies!
Industrial applications with a focus on the Internet of Things, industry 4.0 and other services are essential for the economy. The local frequencies in the 3.7 - 3.8 gigahertz range that the Federal Network Agency intends to allocate for this purpose are decisive for the industrial companies that use them. The VDMA welcomes this fundamental decision of the agency, which must now be implemented promptly.

Companies need a fast Internet
Every mechanical engineering company - especially in rural areas - depends on a fast Internet. For our own production, but also mobile, for example in agricultural engineering and for construction machinery. For this all technologies from 4G/5G should be used. The rapid expansion of an efficient and comprehensive 4G network for industry must be given the highest priority. In addition, 5G must be available to the full extent in the industrial environment - where necessary already today, perspectively everywhere.

The conditions imposed by the Federal Network Agency on network operators that 98 percent of households must be covered are too short here. The short-term goal must be one hundred percent coverage for industrial applications. The mechanical and plant engineering industry relies here on dialogue with the network providers. It would be conceivable, for example, to extend or allocate the area frequencies due to be allocated at the end of 2025 at an early stage if, in return, the network operators make corresponding area supply commitments.

Do you have any further questions? Johannes Gernandt, Head of the Competence Center for Economic Policy, Telephone 069 6603 1829, johannes.gernandt@vdma.org, will be happy to answer your questions.