In Germany and in other countries, 5G will offer so-called “private” frequency ranges that can only be used by industry. This option in Germany goes back to a resolution by the Federal Network Agency. This office, which is responsible for awarding the 5G frequencies, has reserved part of the frequency spectrum explicitly for industrial and other local applications. The band between 3.7 and 3.8 GHz will not be included in the national call for tenders, but will be awarded directly to applicant institutions in the second half of 2019.
Industry requirements on network quality are strict: It must be exceptional for the factory of the future and uncoupled from standard public mobile telecommunications networks to be secure, independent and efficient. All of the involved stakeholders are currently working out how local networks are to be operated in the future.