T-Labs is the R&D department of Deutsche Telekom focusing on translating new technology trends and delivering tangible results into Deutsche Telekom’s innovation portfolio. Our current research areas are: Future Networks, Spatial Computing, Network Security and Digital Twin and Decentralized Systems. #Co-Research is the key mission for the team, with the vision of achieving a superior customer experience and exploring disruptive technologies for future telecommunications infrastructures. From our base in Berlin we are cooperating with multiple universities in Germany, Europe, Israel and globally.
This research area deals with the distribution of authority over data among multiple players and making intermediaries obsolete. Corporations and individuals alike have recognized the immense potential of distributed ledger technologies, which enable the decentralization, transparency and integrity of data, while significantly increasing efficiency at the same time. The goal is to enable trust without dependence on a single trusted party. Some applied use cases T-Labs are dealing with in this area are digital identities, digital business processes, digital asset management and crypto-economics. We aim to look at technology in context, i.e. developing legal frameworks, economic models, use cases, and governance structures.
Network Security & Digital Twin
The research area Network Security and Digital Twin focusses on creating a powerful scientific toolkit for studying the most pressing issues of future telecommunication networks: Security, Efficiency, Stability and Complexity Management. To address those issues, we study how Digital Network Twins should be best set up to develop different questions, ranging from radio resource optimization to aggregate energy consumption optimization.
Digital Network Twins should be able to bolster Network Security approaches that are able to render negative reaction times: potential attacks are recognized before they are devised and carried out. With this visionary aim in mind, we set up the R&D activities in our research field.
Spatial Computing is focused on enabling advanced user interaction, at higher standards for various customer segments by using the next generation XR technologies and human-computer interfaces. Our activities in smart media provide a seamless and consistent experience while using Deutsche Telekom products and services. In cooperation with our partners and academia we design and develop optimized backend architecture for modern UI technologies like digital twins and 3D models for private and industrial environments. We leverage smart gathering, processing and delivery of data based on AI technologies as the context information for XR solutions. Our mission as innovators, researchers and developers is to create an exciting, immersive world for our customers!
Telecommunications networks belong to the most complex structures in modern industrial societies. The techno-economic evolution of these networks along the principles of decentralization, disaggregation and automation defies classical deterministic system analysis. It is driven by technological progress, notably the emergent world of quantum computing. Consequently, mastership of data-driven algorithmic approaches for optimized operation and preemptive cybersecurity in telecommunication systems become more and more important and must be achieved by large-scale operators such as Deutsche Telekom. This competence area is denoted as Artificial Intelligence. Its application to well-defined techno-economic contexts such as Open RAN, cybersecurity, quantum technology and radio network technology of the next generation (“6G”) is in the focus of T-Labs.
Experts and scientists from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as young entrepreneurs, from more than 25 nations all work together at T-Labs.
Based on our mission, T-Labs is researching on future oriented topics in particular using the opportunities generated by the cooperation with universities, research institutes, startups and industry partners.
Since 2004, the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) and Deutsche Telekom came together to establish an university-affiliated institute, Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs), as part of a public private partnership. The object of this partnership has been to carry out joint research in information and communications technology, and digital innovation.
Furthermore, T-Labs is engaged in a number of additional research cooperation with dedicated endowed chairs in Germany, in Europe and beyond. Our network of major university partnerships include: Technische Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Dresden, CODE University of Applied Sciences (Berlin), Eötvös Loránd Universität (Budapest), Technische Universität Wien and Ben-Gurion-Universität des Negev (Israel).
T-Labs is bringing experts from Deutsche Telekom, together with scientists from various national and international universities and research facilities, on a project basis, to develop innovative solutions for the near and long-term future.
In Germany, these research cooperation span a nation-wide network across most of the “Excellence Universities” to form a technology cluster dedicated to specific topics. A concrete example is the 5G Co:Creation Lab set with industry Partners as part of the NRW Tech Cluster, with Technology & Arts TH Köln & University of Köln.
With the aforementioned project partnerships, endowed chairs, and joint ventures on a national and European level, Deutsche Telekom is making an active contribution to the realization of commercial projects, to the transfer of technology, and to innovation marketing.
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