Digital transformation in german agriculture enabled by 5G & Big Data

  • Julian Nikolaus Busch (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Megatrends, such as rising population and the associated increased demand for food, as well as limited resources, result in a higher need for a more efficient agriculture. Nowadays, agriculture is moving into the Digital Age. Information technology and electronics are increasingly shaping agricultural practices. Digital applications help in many areas, for example fertilisation, crop protection and, also, animal husbandry. Agricultural machinery is equipped with intelligent technologies for precision farming. Automated work processes have arrived in the field and on the farm. Nevertheless, the digital transformation in agriculture is far from complete. Over the next decade, 5G network as well as Big Data will play a critical role in further driving digital transformation in German agriculture, enabling higher agricultural efficiency. These two digital phenomena will allow farmers to be more productive and informed in real-time about their plants and animals. This thesis examines how agriculture is taking advantage of digital technologies and highlights the main use cases of 5G and Big Data in arable and livestock farming. The thesis also examines the extent to which the fifth generation of mobile networks and Big Data will enhance German agriculture and discusses benefits along with potential bottlenecks associated with these digital enablers.
Date of Award4 May 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorPeter V. Rajsingh (Supervisor)


  • 5G
  • Big Data
  • Digital transformation
  • Agriculture
  • Smart farming
  • Precision farming


  • Mestrado em Gestão e Administração de Empresas

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