We, COCUS, are long-time IT enablers and telco partners. Thats why it was clear to us, that we will be one of the first to apply for our own 5G private network license. Our application in 2019 was accepted and we are proud owners of our very own 5G private network license from the German Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA). With this license, we have set up the mobil COCUS 5G Lab with an own OpenRan based Packet Core, in our office in Düsseldorf, where use cases with 5G technology are tested and implemented. Here we can simulate the various use cases for our customers and find precisely fitting, and thanks to our open approach especially flexible and future-proof solutions for every use case.
What are 5G licenses and what should be considered?
5G private network licenses are specially allocated frequencies, each of which is reserved for one property or building. These can be, for example, company premises, industrial parks, trade fair grounds or forestry areas. The 3.7 – 3.8 GHz frequency range is intended for private campus networks. The full 100 MHz bandwidth or parts thereof in 10 MHz increments can be requested. Once the frequency has been allocated, it must be used within 12 months. The choice of technology – 4G or 5G, for example – is up to the frequency holder. If the 12-month period is exceeded, the frequency reverts to the BNetzA.
Initially, the frequencies will be allocated for a period of 10 years; an extension is possible. But only until the end of 2040, because on January 1, 2041, the use of the frequency band will be reorganized.
What kind of frequencies exist?
COCUS supports various mobile network providers in many areas related to the nationwide network expansion and has been doing so for more than 20 years. For us, not applying for a license for our own 5G frequencies was not even an option.
Would you like to learn more about the process of applying for 5G private network licenses and get to know how the preparations look like and then build your own campus network? We analyze your bandwidth requirements during the planning process based on the planned use cases and implement the appropriate system design together with you.