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Competence Center 5G.NRW

The fifth generation of mobile communications (5G) builds the base for an enormous innovation push. For the increasing industrial digitalization, 5G will realize the needed quality, speed and capacity of networking and data transfer. Usages such as autonomous driving, remote robotic surgery and augmented reality support in maintenance and repair situations are to be enabled and at the same time steadily improved. The projected "Competence Center 5G.NRW" undertakes the central impelling function in the development of North Rhine-Westphalia to the leading market for 5G. Responsible for it is the well-functioning team - as has been proved in previous collaborations - of the universities of Wuppertal as the lead manager, Duisburg-Essen, Dortmund and the FIR e. V. at RWTH Aachen.

Project duration: 01.06.2019 - 31.05.2022

The projected "Competence Center 5G.NRW" undertakes the central impelling function in the development of North Rhine-Westphalia to the leading market for 5G and operates through three force vectors:

  • technical initial challenges are to be reduced for companies
  • economic potential for vertical markets are to be developed
  • the innovation merger – 5G and beyond – is to be speeded up

As a central contact point, the "Competence Center 5G.NRW" is to be available for all actors with an integrated set of measures without complications.

Logo of the 5G.NRW Project © CNI​/​Consortium

Effective Service Portfolio

The projected "Competence Center 5G.NRW" focuses upon its activities within six work packages, in which the areas of focus are developed further together with the NRW 5G actors. This also includes an ongoing discussion with representatives of the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy (MWIDE) and other relevant political institutions.

  • 5G.NRW Technology Monitoring 5G and Beyond
  • 5G.NRW Accompanying Research for the Initiative "5G Test Fields" in the Works
  • 5G.NRW Experimental Platforms and Demonstration Laboratories
  • 5G.NRW Transfer
  • 5G.NRW Network
  • 5G.NRW Communication and Project Management

Consortium and Partners

Responsible for the projected "Competence Center 5G.NRW" is the well-functioning team - as has been proved in previous collaborations - of the universities of Wuppertal as the lead manager, Duisburg-Essen, Dortmund and the FIR e. V. at RWTH Aachen.

In the course of this, the TU Dortmund, respectively the Communication Networks Institute, is primarily to develop digitalization options by means of 5G.NRW experimental platforms and demonstration laboratories. The aim is to provide NRW companies with 5G platforms as proof of concept for their usages as well as to attend substantial series of tests and to be part of a process of gaining experiences.

Additionally, the TU Dortmund engages in the organization and support of panels of experts (so-called Rocket Sessions), in the competition test fields 5G, in the transfer of knowledge and technology (Best Practices, Roadshows & NRW.Conferences), as well as in the setting up and maintaining of panels of experts for the exchange and know-how transfer between the important actors and stakeholders of the area of 5G.

Leading Market for 5G

In the digital strategy of the Federal State NRW, the aim "Leading Market for 5G" is set: "Especially the extremely densely populated North Rhine-Westphalia with its huge amount of big and small companies of the information and communication branch and with the research competence in the digital area on hand here can be a pioneer for mobile communications in Germany" (Landesregierung NRW 2018: Strategie für das digitale Nordrhein-Westfalen, p. 61).

For the development of a leading market, the initialization of the 5G technique needs to be accelerated in order to test its strong points and weaknesses in practice and to deduce realistic recommendations for the usage as well as to add to the optimization of the systems. At that, it is essential, that corresponding investigations and projects always prominently include the vertical industries, by the demands of which 5G networks will be determined. Only if the concrete usage of 5G can be demonstrated under demanding conditions in the field, the transition of a local to a comprehensive extension can be accomplished.

The outlined project, "Competence Center 5G.NRW", does exactly that and is going to impel the development to the leading market 5G by means of the three substantial force vectors:

  • reducing the technical initial challenges for companies
  • developing the economic potential for the verticals
  • speeding up the innovation merger – 5G and Beyond

This project is funded by means of the Federal State NRW by the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy (MWIDE) under the Funding ID 005-01903-0047.

Logo of the Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen © NRW



Location & approach

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”.

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