Dresden as the Cradle of the Current Generation of Mobile Communication
As an integral part of the value creation chain of Europe’s largest microelectronics cluster “Silicon Saxony,” the new mobile communication standard 5G permits digital networking and the fast exchange of data. For example, the network supports new fields of application and pioneering technologies, and it makes a vital contribution towards Industry 4.0, smart health, networked farming, urban development, and many other sectors.
The cradle of the latest generation of mobile communication stands in Dresden. Cutting-edge international and interdisciplinary research is conducted, above all, in the one-of-a-kind 5G Lab Germany at Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden). The center pools the expertise from 24 scientific disciplines with the objective of creating the next generation of mobile communication. Professors and researchers cooperate across scientific disciplines and jointly explore the communication of the future. Supported by industrial partners, the requisite research is conducted in
the fields of hardware, wireless, network & mobile edge cloud, and tactile internet applications. In Saxony, 5G is already implemented in real life at numerous industrial enterprises such as VW, Bosch, and Globalfoundries as well as in “LANDNETZ,” the largest 5G research network for farming and agriculture.
High Innovative Power at the R&D Venue Saxony
Over the past few years, Saxony has established itself as a research and development venue with high innovative power. This has also been affirmed repeatedly by the EU’s “Regional Innovation Scoreboard:” As a European “Strong Innovator,” the region scores points when it comes to the volume of investments into research and development, the number of patents filed, the density of networks existing between research and business as well as the number of employees in research and development. An increasing number of companies have come to appreciate these superb general conditions and have invested in Saxony.
Vodafone has been closely linked to Dresden for a long time now. At Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), the company has been financing the Chair of Mobile Communications Systems already since 1994 which has created the foundation for many important innovations in this sector. Headquartered in Newbury near London, the Vodafone Group is one of the globally leading telecommunication and technology corporations. Its German subsidiary is located in Düsseldorf. Vodafone employs about 16,000 people in Germany.