Cologne – Germany

Apr 3, 2022

Cologne is the first German City to have 5G+ street lights

Vodafone – Germany have collaborated with the City of Cologne, RheinEnergie AG and 5g Synergiewerk to bring into operation the first 5G+ street lights in Germany.

The first 5G+ street lights in Europe are located in the heart of Cologne city centre in the immediate vicinity of the lively squares at Heumarkt and Domplatte

LIGMAN Evolve worked closely with partners 5G Synergiewerk and Stadtsysteme to deliver a bespoke solution for the deployment of the 5G+ network which would blend in with the existing street lighting infrastructure.

The installation forms part of the ‘Gigabit Masterplan Cologne 2025’, the city of Cologne is aiming for a citywide gigabit network with fibre optics in the ground and 5G in the air by 2025. The aim of the city of Cologne is to facilitate network expansion in the cathedral city. For this reason, the antenna sites of the city of Cologne and Stadtwerke Köln as well as fibre optics and electricity are rented out to the network operators or the respective radio tower companies. The commissioning of the innovative street lights is part of the strategy for the citywide rollout of 5G+ throughout Cologne. Vodafone and its infrastructure subsidiary Vantage Towers will use antenna locations in combination with fiber optic and power connections of the city and RheinEnergie. Vodafone is the first user of this ‘Cologne model’ of combined provision of infrastructure. In principle, this model is open to all network operators.

The LIGMAN Evolve solution has provided Vodafone with the ability to conceal and thermally manage the radios within the base section of the pole. This podium section also incorporates the power and fibre connections.

The poles incorporate hatches with bracket arms designed for the passive antennas. These provide the ability to accurately align the antennas to the required sector to maximise coverage in the streets.

The Extended podium has been designed with separate compartments for the MNO’s and the local electricity company – ESB. Both have a locked enclosure and neither has access to the others enclosure.

Facts and figures

Pole height 9 metres including brackets for street lights

Podium with thermal management

2/3 x Small Radios

  • 3500GHz
  • Passive directional antennas
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