In 2020, KPN opened a 5G Fieldlab on the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) in Eindhoven. This fieldlab focusses on smart industry, where different use cases show the possibilities of 5G for manufacturing. With its BIC partners, KPN has set up Smart Industry project with the new generation of mobile network technology. The aim of a Fieldlab is to experiment with the benefits of 5G in a representative environment. How can this new network technology be used in combination with developments such as artificial intelligence for numerous smart applications. To explore how 5G can optimize business processes and improve customer experience.
This includes the 3.5GHz frequency, which is ideal for testing high-bandwidth use cases. At this moment. In 2022, frequencies in the 3.5 GHz band will be distributed during the new 5G auction. From 2022-2023, 3.5 GHz can be used outdoors.
The Netherlands is a leader in Europe when it comes to the quality and speed of mobile networks. A position that contributes to the economic success of the Netherlands. To maintain this position, it is essential that the necessary 3.5GHz frequency can be used in these test environments. The availability of this frequency is crucial for the successful testing of 5G applications and the introduction of 5G in the Netherlands. KPN is actively trying to contribute to a suitable solution for this problem.
The 5G indoors is combined with Ultrawideband. UWB is very useful to track objects on the factory floor and in warehouses in real time. Objects, assets and people can be determined with up to thirty centimeters accuracy, and often even more accurately.