Cologne Bonn lays infrastructure for 5G

Cologne Bonn Airport

Cologne Bonn Airport is taking a big step towards a digital future. Together with the IT service provider NTT Ltd., the Airport is building a completely private 5G mobile phone network across an area of 1,000 hectares.

The goal of this joint research and cooperation project is to push ahead with technological innovations such as intelligent luggage checking and border control and to achieve significant improvements in the Airport’s operating efficiency.

 “We see the decision to set up our own 5G network covering the entire premises of the Airport as an important strategic step. Having continuous connectivity and our own high-speed mobile network will open up a range of completely new possibilities for our processes and services, which will not only be of benefit to our airport operations but also to the businesses that are based here and to our passengers,” says Johan Vanneste, president & CEO of Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH. 

The Internet of Things (IoT), automated vehicles on the runway and mobile security systems all mean that it is becoming necessary to manage increasingly large quantities of objects and therefore data.

5G enables better connectivity and improved processing of the rapidly growing data flows, which allows the Airport, the airlines and the ground handling staff – and also third party companies – to work together more effectively and in a more straightforward way.

“In the course of this joint research and cooperation project, we are not only planning the theory, we are also implementing and optimising one of the largest completely private 5G mobile networks in Europe. This allows us to research, develop and test innovative and future-oriented applications,” Kai Grunwitz, managing director of the German branch of NTT Ltd. explains.