Europe's largest 5G exhibition centre (and therefore also one of the largest 5G campus networks by area) is currently being built in Hanover, Germany. In close partnership with Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Messe AG is gradually transforming its exhibition grounds into a multifunctional campus. Comprehensive and high-performance coverage is being installed over a total area of more than 1.4 million square metres, providing maximum data security at 99.9%, as Hagen Rickmann, Director Business Customers, Deutsche Telekom, assured. In the first step, five halls and the entire outdoor area, including adjacent parking lots, are to be equipped with 5G. Telekom will then provision all 30 halls and buildings on the exhibition grounds.
The work is due for completion by 2022. For exhibition boss Jochen Köckler, the eleven-million-euro investment is "the gateway to the future". The total amount includes 2.8 million euros provided by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Economic Affairs. Telekom is implementing the campus network as a hybrid network.
„We are changing from a mere organiser to an operator of a site for testing and demonstration purposes in high-tech environments.“
The fairground thus has a private network that trade fairs and exhibitors can use for their applications. At the same time, visitors to the trade fairs can use the public 5G network covering the exhibition area. Köckler: "We are thus changing from a mere organiser to an operator of a site for testing and demonstration purposes in high-tech environments." The exhibition centre will be turned into a multifunctional innovation campus, a globally unique test field for 5G, where technology leaders from a wide range of industries can test their use cases.