umlaut selects Airspan to help build its first 5G standalone campus network in Aachen, Germany

Aachen, 2021/06/28 – Together with Airspan, a leading 4G/5G Open RAN hardware and software provider and Druid Software, a global leader in 4G/5G private cellular technology, umlaut is installing its first 5G campus network in Aachen. The 5G standalone network, which uses a virtualised architecture to provide flexibility and scalability, will be used to test a wide range of potential applications in telecommunications, logistics, manufacturing, health & life sciences, utilities and many other industries in which umlaut and its customers operate.

The advantage our customers will discover is a well-defined, flexible set-up for the realisation of their application scenarios in combination with umlaut’s end-to-end domain knowledge without having to apply for a licence or build their own network.

A selection of possible scenarios and competences shows the wide range of testing possibilities that the umlaut campus network offers, such as device testing, network design, Industry 4.0 connectivity, security, multi-vendor interoperability, multi-network accessibility, broadcasting over 5G or real-time testing of automotive mobility concepts.

Hakan Ekmen, CEO Telecommunication of umlaut: “We are proud that when it comes to 5G we are once again pioneers. With our 5G campus network, we can test a wide variety of industrial applications and scenarios which provide real value for our customers. They receive reliable results for their 5G strategies, while saving the cost of building and operating their own 5G network before they have a proof of their concepts. And afterwards umlaut supports our customers in creating their own tailor-made environment from planning over license application towards network roll-out, launch and optimization.”

Liam Kenny, CEO of Druid Software: “We are delighted to support umlaut as they pioneer 5G standalone capability for enterprise innovation in the German market. umlaut is ideally positioned with the enterprise slicing capabilities of the Druid RaemisTM 5G NGC and Airspan ORAN solution to address the business-critical needs of industry.”

“As a leader in 5G and Open RAN solutions, Airspan is well-positioned to take advantage of the expanded adoption of Open RAN technology and open architecture, and is working closely with other industry leaders, including umlaut, to enhance the ecosystem,“ said Airspan President and CEO Eric Stonestrom. “This private network solution leveraging our 5G and Open RAN expertise, software and hardware will help many enterprises develop and validate 5G use cases that will drive innovation.“