It is impossible to imagine social and economic life without robust communications networks. Wireless communications technology is of particular importance, without which the progress of digitization is not feasible. It is necessary to put this development on a resource-conserving and energy-saving basis to analyze the ecological impact of the telecommunications infrastructure of wireless radio networks and optical aggregation and transport networks. In this hub, test environments are provided with the help of which industrial providers can professionally evaluate the ecological balance and optimize it in a targeted manner. The circle of potentially interested parties ranges from network operators and system equipment suppliers to individual hardware and software-related component manufacturers with high demand for customized, low-resource, and reliable 5G and 6G communication solutions.
Video presentation of the hubs (only available in German)
Info poster (only available in German)
Energy saving in mobile communications infrastructure shall implement national and European agendas such as the BMBF's action plan "Naturally. Digital. Sustainable" and the EU Commission's "European Green Deal." The hub's goal of providing German and European industry with a development, test, and reference environment also includes the objective of technology sovereignty anchored in the funding policy goals. This will ensure energy- and resource-saving, technically reliable, and data-secure operation of future telecommunications and industrial network infrastructures.
Evaluate the complete chain of system modules
The ecological balance always has to be considered within the overall system. Since the functional groups in a communications network are technically interdependent, this hub will involve the complete chain of system building blocks, from the high-frequency components in the radio and base station through the various interconnection networks to the protocol level. It is crucial that the hub also depicts the different development stages since the technical state of the art is evolving rapidly, and it still needs to be clarified how the full functionality required in 5G/6G can be technically realized. Due to its high complexity, an LCA of this kind can rarely be carried out by one market participant alone. The hub will, therefore, play a decisive role in analyzing and optimizing the energy consumption of wireless networks, as it will provide unrestricted access to the existing structures of the application-oriented research institutes.
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