The Competence Center 5G.NRW (CC5G.NRW) will be funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with an amount of around 2.88 million euros over a further three years. Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, presented the corresponding notifications today during his visit to the 5G demonstration factory at FIR at RWTH Aachen University. This paves the way for the consortium consisting of the University of Wuppertal, the Technical University of Dortmund, the University of Duisburg-Essen and the FIR at RWTH Aachen University to further expand the 5G.NRW innovation ecosystem that has been created in recent years. As a bridge between science and economic application, CC5G.NRW accompanies the development of the mobile communications standard with the aim of developing North Rhine-Westphalia into the lead market for 5G applications. CNI has contributed for example the 5G Campus Network Planer as well as the concept of a mobile 5G lab to the CC5G.NRW.
Minister of Economics and Digital Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart: "The Competence Center 5G.NRW has developed into an internationally renowned platform and has been able to promote the networking of all relevant 5G stakeholders with numerous information offerings and events. We want to build on these successes. I am very pleased that the Competence Centre will continue to serve us as an important contact point for 5G innovations made in North Rhine-Westphalia and, in the future, also for the future technology 6G."
With the continuation of the project term for another three years, we want to focus on the innovation potential of current developments and meet the high demand with different offers. The focus is particularly on new solutions for companies and municipalities as well as social and societal issues regarding security, social inclusion and sustainability. In particular, with the availability of the new spectrum around the 26 GHz frequency range, the application potential of own private 5G campus networks is also increasing. The Open RAN (Open Radio Access Networks) initiative also opens up the opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises to benefit from the 5G market as providers of solutions and components. The evolution of mobile communications from 5G to 6G will further accelerate these developments. Moreover, 5G is no longer just a topic for industrial applications. Mobile technology also offers innovative solutions for improving the quality of life in urban and rural areas. Against this background, we will pursue three core goals in the coming years:
We will continue to build and expand the 5G.NRW network as an open innovation platform to bring together all stakeholders and concerns. Our website is the central point of information and communication. It bundles projects, members, dates, activities and news. 50 supporting institutions, 300 members, 37 projects and eleven test and demo centres are organised here. In addition, we support many other initiatives to make the potential of 5G accessible. These include: the newsletter with more than 3,500 subscribers, events such as the 5G.NRWeek and the 5G Roadshow, networking events, the 5G.NRW funding competition, the 5G model factory at FIR, the mobile 5G laboratory at TU Dortmund University, a campus network planner as an initial planning aid, 6G innovation screening and concept development and much more.
With the support of the Competence Centre since 2019, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia set the course for the introduction of 5G at an early stage. Since then, the CC5G.NRW has developed into a platform that is also appreciated internationally. We see the extension of the funding as confirmation and an incentive to continue the successful work of opening up the potential of 5G for all sectors of the economy and society.
A new focus of our future work will be the support of the mobile radio coordination in districts and independent cities funded by the state. At the same time, we are already looking ahead to the new 6G technology of the future. Here 5G.NRW will work closely with the 6GEM research hub funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
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The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.