CampusOS: Building Tomorrow’s Open 5G Campus Networks

To those familiar with containers and Kubernetes, the superiority of these cloud native technologies lie at hand. To all others, the concepts are often too abstract and hard to understand. As a consequence, I will find myself rather frequently shorten long explanations with a simple “we build cool stuff under the hood that helps others build very cool stuff on top”; then enumerating customer projects where our solutions build the basis for easily accessible use cases like WOBCOM’s Smart City platform.

For this reason, I am very happy that Kubermatic has been selected as a joint partner of CampusOS: a flagship project of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) and coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute. The goal of this project is to foster 5G and 6G innovation and to advance enterprise applications in areas such as Industry 4.0 and connected mobility.

To this end, the 22 industry and research partners of CampsOS collaborate to build a modular ecosystem for open 5G Campus Networks consisting of open radio technologies and interoperable network components. 5G Campus Networks are local and customized private mobile networks that can cover a few hundred square meters to a few square kilometers. This is particularly interesting for the industry segment to optimize their existing business processes and open up entirely new business models.

The CampusOS ecosystem will be created as a technology toolbox including a catalog and proposals for different operating models. Using network virtualization supplemented by AI and machine learning, end devices and functionalities of the radio access network (RAN) and core network (CORE) can thus be combined dynamically and individually tailored to form a modular and secure 5G campus network.  

Thanks to our proven experience with Kubernetes and edge computing use cases, Kubermatic has been selected to build the Open-RAN-nodes that connect the user with the core network, the cloud, the internets and other users— a central piece of the overall architecture of such networks. Or: cool stuff under the hood that helps others build cool stuff on top. 

The CampusOS project will run for 3 years with an overall funding of 18.1 million. We feel very honored to contribute to this ambitious and visionary endeavor and will of course keep you updated on the milestones..

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Kristin Wittig

Kristin Wittig

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