The future of mobile communication is called 5G. And our port is a trailblazer. This gigantic network is currently being officially tested in the Hanseatic City of Hamburg and in Venice by the 5G Mobile Network Architecture (MoNArch) research project funded by the EU. HPA CEO Jens Meier eloquently emphasizes the significance of this project by simply stating what it is – which is “A tremendous opportunity for the City of Hamburg”.

While the lagoon city’s researchers’ efforts are focused on testing 5G in relation to tourism, the Elbe researchers are more interested in logistics applications. That is, they are testing 5G with respect to the possibility of connecting mobile VR and AR headsets, connecting traffic lights to traffic control systems and transmitting environmental data collected by the sensors.

The control systems used by the HPA up-to-date are already the most progressive in the world and the interplay between their sensor technology, analysis, forecasting and information systems delivers significant efficiency improvements. The current 5G trial represents the next step in creating a digital port – and in shaping Hamburg’s future.

The new mobile network is expected to significantly increase the data capacities for mobile technologies and applications in Europe as of 2020. That is, it will give people access to a network that is ten times faster than LTE with a maximum bandwidth of 10 Gigabit per second.


The 5G-MoNArch project – which is short for 5G Mobile Network Architecture – is the result of a collaboration of a number of renowned partners from Europe. Apart from the network operators Deutsche Telekom and Telecom, the partners behind the project include the companies Nokia, Huawei and Samsung Electronics, as well as scientists from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the University of Kaiserslautern and the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas and Information Technologies Institute. HPA, on the other hand, is making an important contribution to the project in terms of acting as a user while the network is undergoing field trials. This field trial will be conducted between mid 2017 and mid 2019 and is designed to test the new mobile network before its actual launch.

Facts and figures

  • Duration: 2 years (until June 2019)
  • Budget: 7.7 million euros
  • Locations: Venice and the Port of Hamburg
  • Project leaders: Lars Wentorp, CIO and responsible head of division, as well as Hendrik Roreger, project management


  • project consortium coordinated by Nokia includes
  • network operators: Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia
  • suppliers: Huawei Deutschland
  • user: HPA
  • manufacturer: Samsung Electronics & the Spanish subsidiary of the French IT service provider Atos
  • science and research: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Cent­re for Re­se­arch & Tech­no­lo­gy Hel­las and In­for­ma­ti­on Tech­no­lo­gies In­sti­tu­te


  • 5G-installation is located on the television tower close to Hamburg Messe und Congress (extensive covering)
  • applications, that are going to be checked within the research project:
    • traffic lights are connected with the central traffic control through the 5G mobile communications
    • environmental sensors situated on HPA ships can provide real time data
    • engineers can test constructions and studies in the port area on-site through VR- and Ar-goggles


• Testing the architecture of the fifth mobile network generation with real-life applications
• Ensuring rapid and reliable communication
• Expanding the 5G architecture through use of architecture concepts like Inter-Slice Control and cross-domain management


• Knowledge transfer and contributing to the Europe-wide implementation of 5G
• International attention for the port of Hamburg, its innovativeness and forward-looking approach
• Increase in the port’s recognition as a modern base for existing and future companies, neighbors and citizens