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  • GHMT Kompetenztage 2017

    From March 7-9, 2017, the GHMT Kompetenztage [GHMT Competence Days] took place for the 15th time at Homburg/Saar in Germany, offering a pioneering platform for the exchange of knowledge amongst experts in the networking industry.

    The latest information on innovations and novelties with regard to standardization and product development was presented and discussed intensively at a high technical level during all three days of the event. Various technical talks presented by speakers of national and international renown offered a finely coordinated range of information.

    The attendants got started on the technical part regarding the passive IT infrastructure with an overview of the current state of affairs in the development of applications up to 400 Gbps. In the process, the discussion also covered the currently not uncontroversial standard IEC 30129 whose content was also translated into the EN standard 50310, which is popular in all of Germany, and challenged its application in day-to-day practice. In a follow-up, the further development of MultiGBase-T cabling and the underlying calculation models were covered in person by Dave Hess of Cord Data Consultant from Pittsburgh/Pennsylvania. Following that, the focus was on the link between the holistic approach of EN 50 600 with its four availability classes and the associated cabling infrastructure. This was directly followed by a practice-oriented presentation delivered by an end user, who used the currently ongoing new computer centre building project as an example to demonstrate how this can by approached systematically and how quality assurance can be performed by an unbiased entity.

    With regard to the testing of class I and class II permanent links or channels up to 2 GHz, the presentation showed how the wide range of test connector requirements came about and outlined the new standard for field testing. GHMT then gave a specialist talk on measurement technology from the point of view of an accredited test laboratory and explained what is reality and what is still a vision for the testing of Cat. 8.1 or, as it were, Cat. 8.2 individual components.


    Following that the participants discussed that there is a wide range of variants and options for fibre-optic cabling from the point of view of application and with regard to fibre-optic connector types, and what factors need to be taken into account in selecting suitable individual fibre-optic components.

    A very special highlight was the discussion of the latest development in multi-mode technology and the OM5 standard. In the future there might even be another fibre type which would allow for both single-mode and multi-mode.


    The technical part on passive IT infrastructure was concluded by a future-oriented paper as to how future SDN technological developments in computer-centre hardware may impact cabling.

    Innovation is very dynamic in particular with regard to radio. According to estimates provided by industry experts, 50 to 100 billion devices will be networked to one another by 2020, which would then be also be facilitated through 5G mobile radio as well as other radio standards such as next-generation WLAN, etc. To this end, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure [Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur - BMVI] launched the 5G initiative for Germany and pointed out in a specialist talk what 5G as a key technology of the digital industry is about, what 5G can be used for, and how 5G is to be implemented step by step. Following this, it was highlighted to what extent the existing WLAN and 4G technologies will be able to continue to hold their own as competitors for the future with regard to industrial and special applications.

    From the point of view of the Federal Networking Agency, the ensuing talk explained the international and European frequency regulations regarding WLAN and 5G as well as the most recent trends in terms of WLAN, 5G ITS, M2M and T&T and elaborated on the European Communications Code.

    In the end user session, a 5-star airport representative gave a practice-oriented presentation that showed how impressive the development and how stringent WLAN requirements can be at a large airport with its wide range of applications. Further practice-oriented presentations by end users from the automotive industry illustrated what requirements are defined in terms of the quality of WLAN planning through industry 4.0 and smart factory and how radio solutions should currently be introduced in a vehicle project from the application point of view.

    The turnout of 116 participants once again confirmed the importance of a continuous transfer of knowledge and exchange of experience for end customers, planners and providers.

    GHMT AG would like to thank the speakers and participants of the GHMT Kompetenztage 2017 for the joint success of this expert event!

    We shall be happy to welcome you again on the occasion of the GHMT Kompetenztage 2018 next year!