Networks of the future - Will Germany make the connection to the digital infrastructure?

We discussed this with you at the SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel Salon on 23 September 2019 in Berlin.

Mobile data networks are the highways of the digital world.

But so far, Germany has been lagging behind in the expansion of the network. The new mobile phone standard 5G is expected to change this. After the auction of the frequencies in spring, the 5G expansion is soon to begin in the first regions – accompanied by high expectations: 5G not only stands for significantly faster and better mobile data connections – a feature film is loaded in a few seconds. Due to very short reaction times and other technical features, 5G is also a basic prerequisite for future technologies such as Industry 4.0, robotics and autonomous driver assistance systems. Where does Germany stand in the expansion of the networks of the future? Can Europe catch up with China and the USA in terms of digital network infrastructure? What opportunities does 5G offer German industry? And when can private users* use the new technology?

It was an interesting evening with our guests and Cerstin Gammelin as host


Moderation

Cerstin Gammelin
Cerstin Gammelin

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Cerstin Gammelin


Süddeutsche Zeitung

The mechanical engineer (born 1965 in Freiberg, Saxony) was so fascinated by the spirit of social change after the fall of the Berlin Wall that she turned to journalism. She described the changes in the East German economy for all-German specialist publishers. After the turn of the millennium, she worked for Die Zeit, Der Spiegel and the Financial Times.

Talk guests

Valentina Daiber
Valentina Daiber

Telefónica Deutschland

Valentina Daiber


Vorstand Recht und Corporate Affairs, Telefónica Deutschland

born in 1967, is Board Member for Legal and Corporate Affairs and thus the Chief Legal Officer of Telefónica Germany. In addition to areas such as compliance or the company's regulatory work, her responsibilities also include relations with authorities and government agencies. She studied in Saarbrücken and took her second state examination at the Zweibrücken/Pfalz Higher Regional Court.

Thomas Jarzombek
Thomas Jarzombek

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Thomas Jarzombek


MdB Koordinator der Bundesregierung für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Beauftragter des BMWi für die Digitale Wirtschaft u. Start-Ups, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Thomas Jarzombek has been a member of the CDU since 1991 and a member of the North Rhine-Westphalia CDU state executive committee since 2007. From 1999 to 2005 he was a member of the council of the city of Düsseldorf. He was then elected for four years to the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, direct mandate in the constituency of Düsseldorf-West, where his last positions were media policy spokesman for the CDU state parliamentary group and spokesman for the Junge Gruppe. Since 2009 Thomas Jarzombek has been a member of the German Bundestag for the North of Düsseldorf (constituency 106).

Anja Misselbeck
Anja Misselbeck

Daimler AG

Anja Misselbeck


Head of Regulatory Affairs C.A.S.E. – Connectivity, Automated Driving, Shared & Services, Daimler AG

Since 2018, Anja Misselbeck has been responsible for Intelligent Transport Systems, Networked and Automated Driving in the External Affairs division of Daimler AG. Her main areas of responsibility include the expansion of the digital infrastructure for vehicle-to-x communication and the establishment of local frequencies in production plants for IoT applications. It began in 2003 - with the improvement of the physical infrastructure - in technical environmental protection. She then worked as a manager in various strategic corporate divisions with a focus on projects in the sustainability and transport sectors. This was followed by projects on industrial and trade policy issues worldwide.

Andreas Müller
Andreas Müller

Robert Bosch

Andreas Müller


Head of Communication and Network Technology, Robert Bosch

Andreas Müller heads the "Communication and Network Technology" division within the Corporate Research and Advance Engineering department of Robert Bosch GmbH in Renningen. Since April 2018, Dr. Andreas Müller has also been chairman of the newly founded "5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation" (5G-ACIA), a worldwide alliance of more than 50 companies and research institutes with the aim of making 5G industrially viable from the outset. Before joining Bosch in 2011, Dr. Andreas Müller was a research associate at the Institute for Telecommunications at the University of Stuttgart.

Michael Ziesemer
Michael Ziesemer

ZVEI - Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie

Michael Ziesemer


Präsident, ZVEI - Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie

The graduate engineer Michael Ziesemer has been President of the ZVEI - Central Association of the German Electrical and Electronics Industry and a Vice-President of the BDI since 2014. Until mid-2016 he was Chief Operation Officer and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at Endress+Hauser. As Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors he continues to work for the company, which specialises in process automation.

reporting


Can Germany afford it,

to include the Chinese company Huawei in the expansion of 5G networks – a company accused of being close to the Communist Party and of espionage? Thomas Jarzombek, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology’s Commissioner for Digital Economy and Start-ups, is calling for a clear limit. At least 50 percent of orders must go to providers from Europe, the CDU man says. “We must not lose our competence,” he said on Monday at the SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel Salon in Berlin, where entrepreneurs, politicians and telecom providers debated the catch-up process in the expansion of digital networks.

Partner


The salon was presented by

Telefónica Deutschland offers telecommunications services for private and business customers as well as innovative digital products and services in the areas of Internet of Things and data analysis. With a total of 49.4 million customer connections (as of 31 March 2019), the company is one of the leading integrated telecommunications providers in Germany. In mobile communications alone, Telefónica Deutschland manages more than 45 million connections – no other network operator connects more people in Germany. By 2022, the company aims to become the “Mobile Customer & Digital Champion”, the preferred partner of customers in the German mobile communications market, giving them mobile freedom in the digital world. Under the core brand O2 as well as various second and partner brands, the company sells post- and prepaid mobile products with innovative mobile data services. The basis for this is the mobile network based on a high-performance GSM, UMTS and LTE infrastructure. Telefónica Deutschland also provides telephony and high-speed Internet products such as VDSL in the fixed network segment. Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG has been listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX) since 2012. In the 2018 financial year, the company generated sales of EUR 7.3 billion with almost 9,000 employees. The company is majority-owned by the Spanish telecommunications group Telefónica S.A. with headquarters in Madrid. With business activities in 16 countries and a customer base of around 350 million lines, the group is one of the largest telecommunications providers in the world.

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